Places to visit in Marietta, GA

Marietta Museum of History

The Marietta Museum of History was founded in 1996 to showcase and preserve Marietta and Cobb County’s history. The museum covers a wide range of themes from the city’s first two centuries. Permanent exhibitions on General History, Home Life, and Military History may be seen in the museum. While the Civil War is prominently shown, there are additional exhibits on the life of the region’s native Americans before they were forcibly removed from their homelands, as well as the Georgia gold rush. A rare Cherokee-language bible and military displays from the Civil War to more recent wars are among the exhibits. Other temporary displays focus on other interesting aspects of local history. The museum is pleased to have the biggest collection of items connected to the history of Marietta and Cobb County.  The Marietta Museum of History is in Kennesaw House on the second and third levels. Kennesaw House is a three-story historic structure in Marietta, Georgia’s downtown district. The Kennesaw House is one of Marietta’s oldest structures, located west of the town center and near to the CSX railway, formerly the Western and Atlantic Railroad. It was originally constructed in 1845 as a cotton warehouse for John H. Glover, Marietta’s first mayor but was later converted into a cafeteria to service passengers from the train station next door. The Fletchers acquired the property in 1855 and renovated it into a hotel, which is why it is frequently referred to as “The Fletcher House”.  The hotel served as a Confederate hospital and mortuary during the Civil War’s early years. James Andrews and his squad of spies organized their effort to steal the train, “The General”, from the Kennesaw House, then known as the Fletcher House, which eventually formed the subject for films like “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The structure was taken over by the Union Army as the war neared its conclusion in July 1864, and when General Sherman passed through town on his “March to the Sea,” he did not fire the Fletcher House. Because Dix Fletcher was a Mason and his son-in-law, Henry Cole, was a Yankee spy, Sherman spared the hotel. The fourth story, however, caught fire as ashes from other burning buildings flew onto the roof, and it was never restored. Over the years, the Kennesaw House, which currently houses the Marietta Museum of History, has experienced various transformations. It was refurbished to be a retail display in the 1920s, and in the late 1970s, it was remodeled to be office space and a restaurant, with just the staircase and a handful of fireplaces remaining from the original structure. The Kennesaw/Fletcher House is a theater for much mythology and ghost stories, but arguably the most fascinating aspect of its history is that it is the site of the “Great Locomotive Chase.”

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