Marietta was founded in 1834 on Cherokee Indian land and is now the Cobb County seat. Rich in Southern history, the city was at the heart of the Civil War and railroad development.
Historic Marietta is thought to be the namesake of the wife of U.S. Senator Thomas Cobb, for whom the county is named. Residents and visitors interested in Southern history can enjoy the Marietta Museum of History, the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, the Root House Museum, the Marietta Fire Museum, Brumby Hall and Gardens, and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Visiting these attractions is an easy way to experience the old South in Marietta.
Community is a big part of life in Marietta. Annual community activities include Art in the Park, the Taste of Marietta, and the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. The turn-of-the-century Town Square is lined with shops and restaurants with everything from antiques and art to specialty foods and fashion. Town Square is also host to several community picnics and concerts throughout the year.
Marietta provides a family-friendly atmosphere and one of the best school systems in the state. More than 30 Cobb County schools have been recognized by the state of Georgia as "Schools of Excellence," a prestigious designation given to only a handful of schools each year. In addition to traditional elementary, middle and high schools, the Cobb County system offers adult education centers and special learning programs to suit the needs of each individual student.
For families with a taste for outdoor adventure, Marietta is home to Six Flags White Water Atlanta. The challenging City Club Marietta golf course is just one of the beautiful destinations in Marietta's parks and recreation department. In addition, three recreation centers and over 20 parks are part of the city's opportunities for outdoor activity.
The city is situated at the intersection of three interstate highways, boasts the lowest mileage rate in the Atlanta metropolitan area and is a short drive from Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport and minutes from Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field. Marietta residents can easily enjoy all the cultural arts, sports (Braves, Falcons, Hawks, University of Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets) and restaurants that Atlanta has to offer without giving up the feel of small community living.
The weather in Marietta has made it a vacation spot for many travelers. Warm summers and mild winters make it appealing year-round with an average annual temperature of 61.2°F and excellent air quality. A small amount of snow falls each winter bringing a welcome change of season without severe weather conditions.