Marietta GA History. The History of Marietta Georgia, and Photos.
Marietta GA history. Discover the History of Marietta Georgia. Historic Marietta GA is located in Cobb County GA. Learn the history of Marietta GA, the founding, early settlers, the railroads, and the Civil War. View historic Marietta GA.
Marietta, GA has the distinction of being one of the first settled towns in Georgia, as early as 1824, predating both Chattanooga and Atlanta. According to the Georgia Gazetteer, Marietta was so named after the wife of Supreme Court Judge Thomas Willis Cobb, where Cobb county derives its name. A road, which runs through current day Cobb county became the “Shallow Ford” along the Chattahoochee river, another famous namesake in Georgia history. The town Marietta was officially recognized in 1834 and became a major railroad waypoint soon thereafter, and is still in use today by CSX. Just outside the city limits, Dr. Carey Cox had set up a “water cure” facility, which employed the curative and restorative properties of natural springs, thus making Marietta not only a popular tourist destination as early as 1860, but the hometown of Georgia's first homeopathic physician. James Andrews, leader of Andrews Raiders, planned what would become the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 in the Fletcher house hotel, which became the Kennesaw House and is currently the home of the Marietta Museum of History. In 1865, William Tecumseh Sherman and General Hugh Kilpatrick invaded, pillaged, and set fire to the town of Marietta, which would become the starting point for Sherman's famous March to the Sea. Some historians have hit the nail on the head by saying the town of Marietta has seen more history in its first 30 years of history than most towns will ever see.
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