Col. Joseph Barker Room


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Col. Joseph Barker (1765-1843)

Born in New Market, New Hampshire, September 9, 1765.

He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and afterward he became a Housewright and learned the trade of carpentry from his Father.  A year after the Marietta area was settled he traveled by ox cart from Amherst, New Hampshire with his father in law, Capt. William Dana. While at Simrell’s Ferry they were joined by Thomas Stanley of Connecticut.  The three friends built a boat and floated to Marietta. Eventually, his wife Elizabeth Dana Barker joined him, and they produced 10 children.

Col. Barker built many of the finest homes in the Marietta area, the Paul Fearing home, the William Skinner home, the Rev. Daniel Story home and the original Blennerhassett Mansion along with several commercial structures, and drew plans for the first Courthouse, built in 1822.

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In 1806 he was contracted to build 15 boats by his third cousin Aaron Burr to be used during the infamous Burr-Blennerhassett expedition.  He is considered to be the first master builder-architect of the Northwest Territory. Col. Joseph Barker held the positions of County Commissioner, Associate Judge, Colonel in the State Militia, and State Representative before his death in 1843. He also left in the care of Dr. Samuel P. Hildreth a volume of manuscripts describing men and scenes of the early days in and around Marietta to be titled, “Recollections of the First Settlement of Ohio.”


Room Rates

Sunday – Thursday   $109* per night

Friday – Saturday   $129* per night

*Seasonal rates may apply during special events.

Make a Reservation

Please call 740.374.8278 or visit our Reservations page to check on the availability of the Barker Room.

A Note About Accessibility

The Hackett Hotel’s rooms are located on the third floor of an historic structure. There is no elevator or lift at facility available. As such, The Hackett is not suitable for wheelchair users or persons with limited mobility that precludes the use of stairs.


In an effort to provide the Marietta area with the best entertainment experience available, The Adelphia Music Hall is a part of The Hackett facility. The Adelphia has been equipped with state of the art modern equipment that provides the best musical quality. As such, during some entertainment events sound will travel to the hotel. Please keep in mind The Adelphia hosts entertainment every weekend and some week days from approximately 9:00pm until 2:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you foresee this being an issue with your stay, please contact us with any questions.