Nahum Ward Room

 

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The WARD ROOM

Nahum Ward (1785-1860)

Grandson of Revolutionary War Major General and Congressman Artemas Ward, Nahum Ward moved to Marietta in 1811 from Massachusetts. Coming to the Marietta settlement twenty years after its founding Ward proved himself influential as a prominent land speculator and philanthropist. At one point, Ward was Treasurer and controlling shareholder of the Ohio Company; even serving as Mayor from 1833 through 1836.

In the fall of 1822 he traveled to Scotland to organize and bring a colony of the “canny people” to the Marietta area. Ward convinced 175 of these industrious, frugal and intelligent people to travel to Marietta in 1823, just in time to be stricken by a terrible epidemic of fever.  Much to his credit he provided care, shelter and medical attendance to the new citizens. Ward rented his vast properties and improved his holdings with fine structures, neat fences, shade trees and well cultivated acres to ensure the Scottish settlers made a home in the area.  Most of the improved farms were sold in small parcels to men of small means who had no capital but their industry. It is notable that in no case did Ward foreclose the property but rather made a settlement with the occupant of the farm by refunding payments, or making suitable compensation for improvements made to the property.

Ward’s home was the social activity hub of its time. It was the most elegant residence inMarietta. He is even said to have hosted grand receptions for the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825, whom he met in Paris, and John Quincy Adams in 1843.

In 1855 Ward wished to establish a liberal Christian church, two years later that dream was realized. In 1857 at an out of pocket cost of $25,000, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta opened its doors, after which Ward sold the church to the congregation for the handsome price of $1.00.  Nahum Ward’s contributions to the agricultural development of Washington Countywere invaluable, and sustained the area for many years.

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Please call 740.374.4139 or visit our Reservations page to check on the availability of the Ward Room.

 

Room Rates

Sunday – Thursday   $99 per night

Friday – Saturday   $129 per night

Make a Reservation

Please call 740.374.4139 or visit our Reservations page to check on the availability of the Ward Room.