Last week I drove down the Appalachian Highway to visit Marietta (and the Mighty Ohio). On the way into the center of the city, I noticed this sign and decided to investigate.
This walking bridge spans The Muskingum, and no, I didn’t have the guts (or lack of sense) to cross it.
Riding around, looking for history, I then found this cemetery.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
“It was stated at the Conference that “more officers of the Revolution are buried in the Old Mound Cemetery, Marietta, than at any other place in the United States.” DAR, American Monthly, Vol. 16 (Jan-Jun 1900), 329.
General Lafayette of France, who fought with the Americans during the Revolution, visited Marietta during 1825, and described these Marietta settlers and former soldiers: “I knew them well. I saw them fighting the battles of their country…They were the bravest of the brave. Better men never lived.””
Sons of the Revolution: http://mariettasar.com/Mound%20Cemetery%20Soldiers.htm
“The Native Americans of this area built this 30 foot mound as a burial place for chieftains and it was later discovered by the revolutionary pioneers. These pioneers were later buried around the mound and it is the resting place of many revolutionary soldiers.
The mound rises in the middle of the graveyard and is surrounded by gravestones, statues, and trees. It’s an amazing sight and a creepy one at night. Stairs lead to the top of the mound where there are stone blocks laid down for visitors to stand and witness history.”