We had the privilege of investigating at The Anchorage in Marietta, Ohio in January 2016 with Cindie from Femme Force, and Annie and Sam of COPS Paranormal. An Italianate home built by Douglas Putnam, Jr., great grandson of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, The Anchorage has a long and interesting history dating all the way back to 1859. As we learned from Washington County Historical Society President Stuart Diamond, this building was owned by 5 different families throughout its history, and for approximately two decades, it served as a nursing home.
A beautiful building with an impressive amount of original woodwork and design features, The Anchorage truly brings history to life. One of the most intriguing areas of the building is the office on the second floor, which has an impressive bookshelf holding original books and newspapers dating back to the mid-1800s.
Throughout its history, The Anchorage was no stranger to tragedy. Following the death of her husband, Eliza Putnam passed away in the home at the young age of 53. When it was a nursing home, the first floor was inhabited by patients who were more mobile, while the second floor was inhabited by patients who were in dire condition, many of them passing away there. In addition to being incredibly sick, many patients at The Anchorage lacked family and friends to visit them, only adding to the tragedy that the building has seen.
The Washington County Historical Society has done an excellent job renovating the building, and they are continuing to do so every day. With a new roof among many other improvements, The Washington County Historical Society is truly dedicated to preserving this historic gem in Marietta, Ohio.
We’d like to thank COPS Paranormal and Femme Force for joining us on this adventure! To us, paraunity is about supporting fellow paranormal investigators, sharing our passion with those who enjoy exploring this largely-unknown world, and furthering the field of paranormal research. Both of these teams demonstrate paraunity to the highest caliber, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to work with them.
To learn more about The Anchorage and the great work The Washington County Historical Society is doing, check out this article in the News & Sentinel.