Incorporated in 1812, Marietta is nestled on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Western Lancaster County, PA. Formerly known as “Anderson’s Ferry,” the town prospered in Colonial Days as a result of flourishing river commerce on the Pennsylvania Canal and Railroad. Success produced an architectural gallery of Colonial, Federal, and Victorian homes.
Eventually, the river related industries began to decline as did the modernization of the town. Then in June of 1972 disaster struck as Hurricane Agnes blew into Marietta. Fortunately, federal disaster relief money was made available and the restoration of Marietta began to revitalize the town.
Marietta contains an architectural gallery of historic homes including Victorian, Colonial American, Gothic Cottages, and Log cabins. Marietta also boasts a National Historic District that encompasses 45% of the town. Four of these historic buildings have been restored; the old Town Hall: that houses a museum, the old Bank: that houses a business, the Union Meeting House and the Community House that both host weddings and other events.
Within its boundaries can be found a town museum, an historical theater, and 147 cherry trees. Residents and tourists enjoy walking the trails, fishing or bird watching along the Susquehanna River. Quaint shoppes, restaurants, and Bed and Breakfasts grace the historic homes and buildings of Marietta. This town of 2700 is a lovely place to live, work, hike, canoe, eat, and play.