Ohio Road TripsThe Pioneer Trail


 Campus Maritus Museum 

601 Second St., Marietta, OH
740.373.3750 | mariettamuseums.org/campus-martius
Admission | Free parking

Campus Maritus Museum - Marietta OH

The museum was erected in 1928 on the same site of the original stockade known as Campus Maritus. Within the walls of the museum, you will find three floors of war artifacts and historical pieces dating back to when Marietta became the first organized settlement in the Northwest Territory through the 1970’s. In the Pioneer Wing you can follow a timeline of events, view Blennerhassett family furniture (which you will learn about the family later), as well as other early inhabitant artifacts. Also, on the main floor of the museum you will find surveying equipment, and explanations on how the Northwest Territory was mapped.

Campus Maritus Museum - Marietta (My Ohio Fun)

For those who are reading The Pioneers, a special collection of Samuel P. Hildreth, the pioneer physician and scientist can be viewed.

General Rufus Putnam – led the movement west alongside other Revolutionary War Generals.

Campus Maritus Museum - Marietta - My Ohio Fun

The highlight of my visit included a tour through the original Rufus Putnam House which has been enclosed in the museum.  The home was part of the original civilian stockade. The guided tour takes you back to the late 18th century when the Putnam family lived in the cabin.

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Before leaving for your next destination, make sure you check out the Land Office, the oldest building in the Northwest Territory, which is located behind the museum and by the museum parking. It was in the Land Office that General Rufus Putnam recorded war veterans land grants and titles. Maps and surveys were also recorded in this small structure full of history.


If you are taking the Pioneer Trail, make the Campus Maritus Museum as one of your first stops. The chronological order of events on display gives trail goers a great foundation to the area’s history.

Before you go:

Visit marietta.org to view their Travel guide, request a FREE copy, and/or to check out their list of Itineraries.

Washington County Convention and Visitor Bureau
241 Front Street Suite 7, Marietta, Ohio 45750
740.373.5178 or 1.800.288.2577 | marietta.org

What to bring:

A camera.  Always pack a cooler for those perishables you may find along the way.  Bring appropriate shoes for any outdoor hiking or adventures.

Read the book:

The Heroic Story of the Settlers- THE PIONEERS by David McCullough.
A perfect book to read as you explore the history of Marietta and the pioneers who settled there.


Campus Maritus Museum 
601 Second St., Marietta, OH
740.373.3750 | mariettamuseums.org/campus-martius

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I would like to thank the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau for being such a gracious host and planning all my itinerary.

Article and photos by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws. 

***Disclosure: The Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau paid for my day of touring and overnight accommodations.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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