Marietta Square History
Marietta Square, a small downtown location in a Northeastern Georgia suburb of Atlanta, is a charming and unique area to consider purchasing a home. The square was established in 1834, and has always had a courthouse located on it since its foundation. The area became a railroad hub for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. The plot of Great Locomotive Chase, as made into a major motion picture by Disney, began at this Marietta railroad hub! Additionally, during the American Civil War, the Kennesaw House was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Sadly, a vast majority of the Square was burned with General Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Like Buckhead in the Atlanta area, stores located on Marietta Square offer antiques, jewelry, crafts, apparel, groceries, gifts and other unique goods. The iconic Brumby Chair Company, located on West Park Square, is a shop where presidents and other notable people have purchased rocking chairs for their own use. The Earl Smith Strand Theater is also another important venue on the Square where it started as a movie theater in 1935. The Strand was renovated in a movement from 2002 to 2009 and is now open to the public once again.
Glover Park crowns the center of the Square itself. Many public events occur in the park throughout the year such as art festivals, farmers markets, concerts and more. A small train-shaped playground is located in one corner of the square. Children can play on a playground-version of the Western and Atlantic Railroad’s train while adults enjoy the many park benches and beautiful central fountain.