Isaac Williams Room

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Isaac Williams (1737- 1820)

Born in Pennsylvania in 1737.

At the age of eighteen, Williams became an Army Ranger in the service of the Frontier when the French and Indians threatened the success of the Ohio River Valley settlements.  He served as a spy and courier during the ill-fated Braddock campaign making frequent trips carrying supplies and military dispatches. As the hostile environment was calmed Williams made annual hunting expeditions to the Ohio River Valley accumulating large tracts of land. Williams also accompanied Lord Dunmore in his campaign against the Indians in 1774, and was present when the treaty was made near Chillicothe, Ohio.

In 1775 Williams visited the Grave Creek settlement, where he had a chance meeting with a young widow, by name of Rebecca Tomlinson Martin.  That same year Williams claimed Rebecca as his wife. This advantageous marriage afforded Williams claim to the 400-hundred acre Tomlinson tract in 1787. Isaac and Rebecca along with their daughter, Drusilla, founded the first permanent settlement across from the mouth of the Muskingum, which still bears their name, Williamstown, West Virginia.

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Famously, during the famine of 1789-1790 Williams supplied his hungry pioneer neighbors across the Ohio River with life sustaining corn.  Many speculators urged him to raise his price to $1.25 a bushel to which Williams replied, “Dod rot ‘em,” and would hear nothing of it.  He portioned the number of bushels to the family size and charged no one more than 50 cents per bushel (the current price in plentiful times). His generous and compassionate nature allowed the early settlers of Marietta to live until their own crops could sustain them.

Isaac Williams died at the advanced age of 84, in 1820, leaving behind a legacy of generosity, good business acumen and popularity.


Room Rates

Sunday – Thursday   $109* per night

Friday – Saturday   $129* per night

*Seasonal rates apply during specials events.

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