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Overlooking West Marietta/Harmar in Southeast Ohio is the imposing ashlar sandstone Italian villa known as "The Anchorage" or "Putnam Villa". This home, built in 1859 by Douglas Putnam for his wife Eliza, comprises 22 rooms and a grand tall campanile that fronts the house. From the tower room, the largest part of Marietta and its two rivers can be viewed. John Slocomb was the architect and master builder. The walls are made of 24" thick sandstone quarried from the top of the hill behind the house. The foundation is of solid rock and all wood used in the house is locally grown oak. The Anchorage is best remembered as Edward MacTaggerts residence. Using wealth accumulated from oil wells in Oklahoma, Mr. MacTaggert restored the home and furnished it with treasures from his many worldwide travels. From the tower room, the largest part of Marietta and its two rivers can be viewed. This mansion served as the residence of many prominent Marietta citizens including Harry Knox (Knox Boatyard), Dorothy James Roberts (author), and Sophia Russell (Marietta College). The mansion is currently undergoing restoration sponsored by the Historical Society. Some of the rumored ghosts include Eliza Putnam who had the building built as a replica of a friends house in New Jersey and finished in 1859, who died shortly of heart disease in 1862 and is said to still haunt the mansion. David Putnam, Douglas brother is also supposed to be a ghostly resident here. The House was rumored to be a stop on the underground railroad and in its later years was used as a retirement home. This leaves the place with ample history for a potential haunting.