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Marietta's Historic 'Castle' Concludes Archeology Dig, Plans Autumn Events
Posted on: 08/19/2013
By  Andy Rex
 
It’s one of the gems of Ohio’s first city, where you can learn a lot of local history.
 
The Castle on Fourth Street has had an eventful summer, including the recent hosting of an archaeological field study. WMOA News spoke with director Scott Britton about the results…
 
“We had both a children’s archaeology camp as well as an adult field school. Both did digs here on the Castle grounds and discovered some pretty amazing things. We’re pretty excited about that. In fact, one of our employees who helped lead that is going to be giving a presentation at a conference in Moundsville later on this fall.
 
“We found some prehistoric material, a partial bit of a blade from the Hopewell culture – the mound builders. In addition, lots of pottery from the Castle grounds first owner, Nathaniel Clark. He was a well known potter in Marietta and Parkersburg.”
 
Britton says the next two Saturdays will be the final ones for tours of Mound Cemetery this season, where you can learn about some of the nationally famous people buried there.
After that, Britton says events will slow down for a bit, as schools return to session.
 
Then, he says, a couple of their larger annual events happen in October…
 
“We have our annual children’s overnight program October 5. It’s a program for kids in grades 3 through 5. We’ll be doing all sorts of crafts and story-telling. They’ll spend the night here in the Castle itself. 
 
“Then, the second and third weekends of October, we’re doing our annual Victorian wake and funeral program. It’s actually a funeral reenactment. It’s a theatrical type of thing. People learn the traditions behind funeral practices and mourning practices. This year it’s going to be from the early 1900’s. It’s actually our biggest program every year.”
 
You can learn more about upcoming events and programs at the Castle by calling (740) 373-4180 or visiting www.mariettacastle.org
 
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