The Anchorage (Marietta, Ohio)
The Anchorage or Putnam Villa
Location of The Anchorage in Ohio
|Architectural style||Italiantate Villa|
|Part of||Harmar Historic District (#74001645)|
The Anchorage is a historical home in the Harmar neighborhood of Marietta, Ohio, United States. Also known as the Putnam Villa, it was built in 1859 by Douglas Putnam for his wife Eliza. Douglas was the great grandson of General Israel Putnam. Douglas' brother, David Putnam, Jr. was the leading abolitionist in Marietta. David was said to frequent the home, leading to the belief the home was used as part of the Underground Railroad although no evidence has been uncovered. While I was an employee of the Nursing Home (called The Christian Anchorage), some of us went down in the basement to verify the stories about the underground railway. There were great tunnels which were said to lead to the Muskingum River. One was cemented over, but, in the middle of the night, you would see giant river rats sitting on the stairs or scampering across the floor.
In 1894, the Knox family bought the house from the Putnams. The Knox family was involved in boat building and gave the home the name of The Anchorage. From 1960 to 1986 the house was a nursing home. Since 1996, the home has been owned by the Washington County Historical Society.
- "Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State - Haunted Places in OH". Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- "The Anchorage". Retrieved 24 January 2010.
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