It's not easy taking those first steps into a new community, especially a religious community. We know this very well because most of us have come to Unitarian Universalism from other faith traditions. It is perhaps even more difficult coming to Unitarian Universalism because knowledge and understanding of what we are about is not widespread in our American culture, though it ought to be seeing as how influential our tradition has been in the weaving of the fabric of our nation.
So we understand and we'd like to make your first experiences with us a stress-free as we can. One way to do that is to tell you what you can expect when you come the first time.
We are located at....232 Third Street, Marietta, Ohio (Southeast corner of Putnam and Third Streets). Marietta, the first permanent settlement in the Northwest territories, is at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers in southeast Ohio. Marietta is on Interstate 77, 160 miles south of Cleveland and 80 miles north of Charleston West Virginia.
- From I-77 take the exit for the business district which is south on State Route 7 (Pike Street; becomes Green Street) to Third Street. Go Right on Third Street (following Route 7) and go 2 blocks.
- From Belpre and points South: Follow State Route 7 north across the Washington Street Bridge. Take second right onto Third Street (still following Rte 7) and proceed 3 blocks to Putnam.
- From Williamstown come across the Williamstown-Marietta Bridge and turn left onto Green Street. Go two blocks to Third Street. Go Right on Third Street (following Route 7) and go 2 blocks.
- From points north (Lowell, Beverly, McConnelsville, Zanesville): Come south on State Route 60. This becomes Third Street. Proceed to 232 Third Street (at Putnam).
Parking... in addition to curb-side spots, is available in the Marietta Savings Bank lot adjacent to the church property and in the lot across Third Street from it during non-business hours. (Please be sure not to park in the innermost and outermost lane of the bank drive-through to allow public access to the deposit recepticle and the ATM.)
Handicap Access...A wheelchair lift is available to provide access to the Sanctuary level on Putnam Street. In addition, the first two parking spaces on Putnam Street are reserved for handicap parking on Sundays (only).
Wheelchair access to the lower level of the church building, where the Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, and Nursery are located, is by way of a ramp that begins on the south side of the RE Building and loops around that building to the courtyard. A ramp inside is reached through the Nursery door.