The HILDRETH ROOM
Dr. Samuel P. Hildreth (1783-1863)
Born inMethuen,Massachusetts, September 30, 1783.
Dr. Hildreth spent four seasons studying at Phillips Exeter Academy and at the Franklin Academy. He received a diploma in 1802 from the Medical Society of Massachusetts, after having attended lectures at Cambridge University. In 1806 he realized his ambition of seeing the far West. He journeyed a month on horseback to the Marietta settlement. By December that same year he was persuaded by prominent Belpre citizens to move his practice. His arrival coincided with Harman Blennerhassett’s departure from his island paradise to embark on Aaron Burr’s ill-fated expedition.
Dr. Hildreth was particularly fortunate in his treatment of the numerous epidemics that swept the Ohio River Valley. His work and research during the epidemic of 1807 was the subject for a paper in the 10th volume of The New York Medical Repository. Dr. Hildreth was elected to the state Legislature where he drafted, and succeeded in having passed, the first law regulating the practice of medicine. Dr. Hildreth’s research covered almost every department of science: botany, biology, geology, physiology of the human body and natural history. His published drawings of plants and insects showed a remarkable genius in artistic ability and accurate observation. His 4,000 piece specimen collection was dedicated to study at Marietta College.
In 1822 he published in the New York Medical Repository two articles on hydrophobia, known today as Rabies. In the epidemic of 1823 he was able to arrest his own illness in a few days by conducting a trial of Jesuit’s bark on himself. He continued to write on various subjects throughout his life, including the spoonbill sturgeon, fresh water shells of the Muskingum, meteorological observation, and local history.
In 1836 he wrote and published “Observations on the Bituminous coal deposits in the valley of the Ohio and the accompanying rock strata.” In 1840 he wrote the history of the first settlements of Ohio containing some 550 pages. Dr. Samuel P. Hildreth was a man of science that appreciated beauty of the natural world and the pursuit of knowledge in its entirety.
Sunday – Thursday $109* per night
Friday – Saturday $129* per night
*Seasonal rates may apply during special events.
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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.