The Anchorage/Putnam Villa

The Anchorage is always in need of volunteers who can paint, stain, do restoration work or have materials to donate towards our ongoing restoration project. 

Overlooking Historic Harmar Village in Marietta, Ohio, is the imposing ashlar sandstone Italian villa known as "The Anchorage" and "Putnam Villa". This home, built in 1859 by Douglas Putnam for his wife, Eliza, comprises 22 rooms and a grand tall campanile that fronts the house. From the tower room, the largest part of Marietta and its two rivers can be viewed. John Slocomb was the architect and master builder. The walls are made of 24" thick sandstone quarried from the top of the hill behind the house. The foundation is of solid rock and all wood used in the house is locally grown oak. 

The Anchorage is best remembered as Edward MacTaggert's residence. Using wealth accumulated from oil wells in Oklahoma, Mr. MacTaggart restored the home and furnished it with treasures from his many worldwide travels. From the tower room, the largest part of Marietta and its two rivers can be viewed. This mansion served as the residence of many prominent Marietta citizens including Harry Knox (Knox Boatyard), Dorothy James Robers (author), and Sophia Russell (Marietta College). The mansion is currently undergoing restoration sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society. 

Special Projects

Adopt A Room

Individuals, families or organizations are encouraged to 'adopt a room' in The Anchorage for renovation. Once restored, a plaque will be hung in the room honoring your donation and dedication.

Downstairs room sponsorship: Completed for $1,000

Upstairs room sponsorship: Starts at $1,000

Contact us at 740.373.1788 to sponsor other projects.

Explore the Anchorage

Tours & Events

Washington County Historical Society is teaming up with Hidden Marietta Tour Co. to offer tours & investigations of The Anchorage!

Public Tours

Hidden Marietta will give tours of the Anchorage on Fridays at 6pm and 10pm & Saturdays at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. May - October 2020
For more information check out
Hidden Marietta's site below

Haunted History Tours

and History-only Tours

Now Available!

Enjoy a walk through this historic mansion with Hidden Marietta's guides and paranormal investigators, learn the stories of previous owners and hear of creepy encounters with those spirits still lingering in the shadows. Your tour includes the opportunity to try ghost hunting, using real investigation equipment provided for you. 

History & Haunts Tour is 60 minutes.

$15 adults, $10 kids 12 and under

Add a 30 min guided investigation for just $5 per person.

Private tours available any time by appointment. Email or call 740.538.0520 to schedule

Private tours for groups of 4+ only.

(740) 373-1788

346 Muskingum Dr, Marietta, OH 45750, USA