As Cobb County’s largest city, Marietta was founded in the 1830s. Named for Mary Cobb, wife of U.S. Senator and superior court Judge Thomas Willis Cobb, Marietta prospered in its early beginnings due to the railroad.
Since then, the city survived being burned during the Civil War, saw the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915, experienced advancement when Lockheed Martin opened in 1942 and has become one of metro Atlanta’s largest suburbs.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, Marietta has a population of approximately 50,000 people. These residents have a variety of real estate options to choose from. Trulia lists 2,686 homes for sale. Homes range in price from $20,000 to almost $6,000,000. Trulia also has about 340 rentals listed. These range in price from $430 to $6,500 per month.
Most residents are college educated, and about 40 percent have children. As part of the second largest school system in the state, these children attend many sought after schools. These include Bells Ferry Elementary, Blackwell Elementary, East Cobb Middle, Mabry Middle, Kell High, Lassiter High, Pope High, Sprayberry High and Wheeler High. Additionally, the city has its own charter school system; Marietta City Schools serve 8,000 students at eight elementary choice schools, one of which is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet, one middle school, one sixth-grade school and one high school.
Besides living near these excellent schools, residents are convenient to a variety of recreational options. These include:
Shopping and Dining
- Shillings on the Square. Offering history and ambience, Shillings on the Square is two restaurants in one. The Streetside Grill is located on the first floor, while Top of the Square is upstairs. Menus include puff wrapped brie, Maryland style crab cakes, French dip sandwiches, filet mignon, dill crusted salmon, mushroom and artichoke mélange, shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, grouper and lobster.
- Square Shopping. The Marietta Square is the perfect shopping destination. Find antiques, wine, flowers, paintings and other unique collectibles.
- The Vineyard Café & Gift Shop. Visit the cafe for a break from work or shopping. Delicious menu items include a chicken salad croissant, parmesan spinach bites, hummus, full tea and pizzettes.
- The Avenue East Cobb. Located on Roswell Road in Marietta, The Avenue East Cobb has everything on this year’s spring-must list. Stores include LOFT, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Jos. A. Bank, Eddie Bauer, PeachMac, White House | Black Market and more.
- Blu Greek Taverna. The 2010 winner of Taste of Marietta, Blu Greek Taverna offers an array of traditional Greek dishes. Menu items include feta and olives, calamari, lamb chops, Alaskan salmon, gyro salads, rizzi and Greek-style home fries.
Entertainment and Recreation
- The Strand Theatre. This 1935 Art Deco theatre was renovated and reopened in 2009. The theatre features musical productions by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, classic movies, concerts and more. Upcoming musicals include Ragtime and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
- Marietta Square Farmers Market. Now open year round, the Market is located on the Historic Marietta Square. Customers can buy vegetables, fruit, flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, pies, jelly, jam and preserves. The Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Float, fish or play in 48 miles of river as it flows through the northern suburbs of Atlanta, including Marietta.
- Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. As metro Atlanta’s only museum dedicated to American art, the museum is housed in Marietta’s first U.S. Post Office. Visit to see the permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, from Warhol to Wyeth, and the museum’s many other scheduled exhibits.
- East Cobb Park. Featuring open grass fields, walking trails, stream overlooks, a playground, walking trail, picnic pavilions, an outdoor classroom and an outdoor stage, this Marietta park is perfect for families and pets.
- The Historic Marietta Trolley Co. Learn about Marietta’s rich history during a ride on Marietta’s only trolley tour. The Historic Marietta Trolley Co. does one-hour narrated tours of the Downtown Square, Antebellum homes and the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain. Tours run rain or shine, so schedule one today.
- Marietta Museum of History. Originally a cotton warehouse built in 1845, the building of the current day museum was remodeled to become the Fletcher House Hotel in 1855. During the Civil War, the hotel served as a hospital and morgue. Today, the museum includes exhibits featuring the general history of Marietta, the Georgia military, aviation and home life.
- Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square. Gone With the Wind fans will be intrigued by the collection of memorabilia at the museum. Highlights include several of Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes of the novel, foreign editions of the novel and the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie.
- The Root House Museum. Located at the corner of North Marietta Loop and Polk Street, The Root House Museum was built in 1845 by Hannah and William Root, early settlers of Marietta. The garden will delight visitors with its 19th century design. The garden is planted with vegetables, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, fruit trees, decorative flowers and blooming shrubs.
- Marietta Fire Museum. The free museum is located in the Fire and Rescue headquarters at Fire Station No. 1. It showcases uniforms, equipment and vehicles that city firefighters used as far back as the 1800s.
Whether you jump on the trolley or drive your car, visit Marietta’s unique attractions today! While there, be sure to tour some of the local new home communities as well. For more information about Cobb County homes, click here.