Built in 1788 as a civilian fortification by the Ohio Company of Associates, Campus Maritus housed some of the first American settlers in what would soon become the state of Ohio. Although the fort was eventually disassembled, the blockhouse of General Rufus Putnam remained as a testament to the fort's important. In 1931, the house was joined by the Campus Maritus Museum, an institution dedicated to giving future generations a glimpse at the lives and migration of Ohio's pioneers, native inhabitants, and historical luminaries.
Size: The museum stands three stories high, with exhibits housing more than 100 artifacts that tell the story of Ohio's move from frontier to familiar state during the years from 1788 to 1970.
Eye-Catcher: The Rufus Putnam House remains in the same spot it stood when it was built in the 18th-century. Now restored to its original state, the house offers an interactive look at pioneer life complete with guided tours of the kitchen and bedchamber.
Rotating Exhibits: Temporary installations include Imagining Marietta, a 12-mural series depicting the settlement of the Northwest Territories, and Touched By Conflict: Southeastern Ohio & The Civil War.
Don't Miss: Billed as the oldest known building in Ohio, the original Ohio Company Land Office lets visitors step into the life of General Putnam as he surveyed and and divded the landscape of the territories.
While You're in the Neighborhood: You can also pay a visit to the Ohio River Museum?only one block away on the Muskingum River?to see the last intact coal-powered sternwheeler towboat.