It’s probably hard to believe but the state of Virginia used to be just across the river from Marietta, Ohio. When the American Civil War was raging a portion of Virginia decided to leave the Confederacy and created the new Union-controlled state of West Virginia. It included a large slave-owning plantation owned by the Henderson Family. The Henderson’s were friends with several of the early US Presidents. One of their members was Archibald Henderson who became Commandant of the US Marine Corps and for whom Henderson Hall, The Marine Barracks in Washington DC is named. Amazingly the plantation remained in the Henderson Family until the 21st Century when it was handed over to a historic group that now manages the property. If you love history this house is filled with American artifacts and stories. and is well worth a trip. It’s just across the river.