225th Anniversary – Marietta
The weather on the 225th anniversary of Marietta’s founding Sunday, April 7th, was apparently quite a bit better than the cold, gray mist that greeted Gen. Rufus Putnam and 47 other Revolutionary War veterans when they landed at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers on April 7, 1788.
“It was not a nice day when they arrived-it was so dark and rainy they initially sailed right past the confluence of the two rivers,” said Nancy Putnam Hollister, a descendant of Rufus Putnam’s cousin, Col. Israel Putnam, and member of the Campus Martius/Ohio River Museum Board.
The sun was shining and temperatures had climbed into the mid-60s as local historian Bill Reynolds, dressed as Putnam, led a group of re-enactors from the landing site along the Muskingum River to the base of the Start Westward Monument in East Muskingum Park.
He noted those 48 men who arrived 225 years ago-known as the Ohio Company of Associates-had little money in their pockets, and were representing a fledgling country of 13 colonies that was in debt to France and other foreign nations.
2013 marks the 6th Anniversary of the Marietta Chapter OHSSAR “Patriots and Pioneers Program”. The Chapter’s goals are to perpetuate the ideals of the war for independence; research and document the people and events of the American Revolution; promote patriotism; and preserve the ideals of freedom.
Thanks to Sam Shawver of the Marietta Times for providing the details of Sunday’s events. Photos supplied by Keith Kauffman. Hocking Valley Chapter Color Guard represented the SAR at the event. Jean Yost of the Marietta Chapter SAR is a local organizer of the event and the Patriots and Pioneers Program.