Smithsonian Magazine Names Marietta One of Best Small Towns to Visit

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An All-American town and the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory.

Smithsonian Magazine puts Marietta at number six of the 20 best small towns to visit this year.

Jeri Knowlton, from the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau says it's absolutely fantastic to get this kind of recognition.

It validates the hard work that people do every day to make Marietta a great place to live, work and play.

"Things like the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, the Valley Gem is a huge draw, and then of course... the museums that highlight our culture and heritage," Knowlton says. "The Ohio River Museum, Campus Martius Museum, places like the Castle, Henderson Hall, Henry Fiering House. "I mean, we just have this really rich history here that people enjoy."

She says everything from the architecture to the rolling hills in the county to the beautiful homes around the downtown area.

Marietta makes a nice getaway, easily accessible, with so much to do.

Twenty-seven percent of their visitors return to town 10 or more times.

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