(Note: Don’t trust a google search for open times. Check the Castle’s Website or call them! See phone number at the end of this article. This place is a must see! ~ Christiane)
On April 1, an amazing place deep within Marietta, Ohio, will open to the public for the season. This place — the magnificent Victorian Castle of Marietta — has such a huge, rich history. The land was originally an orchard; Melvin C. Clarke purchased the land in 1855 for a sum of $2,000 and began construction of the castle. Shortly after completion, the castle was sold and used for various owners’ business functions and entertainment purposes.
On National Register of Historic Places
The castle was inherited by interested families and passed down, and sold. In 1992, the castle was deeded to the Betsey Mills Corporation as a “historical asset for the City of Marietta with such asset to be used for educational and public purposes.” The castle opened in 1994 to the public and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The castle now offers amazing activities and fun programs to the residents of Marietta, many who come to take in the gorgeous Gothic Revival style architecture of the castle, one of the best in Ohio. With stone-topped spires and an octagonal tower, the castle embodies all things Victorian in games, art, guided tours, the gardens, music and more.
Walking tours through the gardens and grounds are always popular, wrapping together exhibits, styled gardens, cemeteries, castle history, war stories and Marietta information.
A new series, Historic Trades Workshops, offers the chance to learn about past trades or crafts from long-past
generations such as Introduction to Quilting. The castle also focuses on the history of Victorian food. A new series titled Food History will utilize local recipes from restaurants and cookbooks. Teas and Tastes of the Pioneers begins on June 13 with teas and history from Marietta’s pioneers, plus a “Downton Abbey” Tea.
Live Concerts at The Castle
Music is always highlighted at the castle, and starting this season The Castle’s Concert Series will feature the Trillium Piano Trio and Michael Tobar and Friends. Tobar’s jazz concerts will be on April 16 and May 14. Trillium is scheduled for the following Sundays: May 22, June 26 and October 30. The castle also features specialty lectures, titled the Third Thursday Talks: artists, war history, collections, traditions and art.
Plus, the castle features specialty summer camps with focus on history in the ’30s and ’40s, archeology, museum info and other local fun. And become a member — membership includes lots of perks such as advance notice of exclusive events, discounts and reminders.
So don’t miss Opening Day on April 1, and visit the Castle Historic House Museum for a look back at Marietta’s Victorian history.
Special Thanks to Kyle Yoho, MA, Education Director
The Castle Historic House Museum
418 Fourth Street, Marietta, Oh 45750