18 Whitlock Avenue
When the movie Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta in 1939, the world fell in love with Scarlett and Rhett. The love affair continues at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, Scarlett on the Square. The museum features rare memorabilia from the movie, Margaret Mitchell, and her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Housed in a former livery stable and cotton warehouse from 1875, the collection includes scripts, books, props, movie posters, and the original bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh in her Oscar winning role as Scarlett.
Marietta Museum of History
1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Located on the second floor of the 1845 Kennesaw House, the Marietta Museum of History's galleries overflow with a wide variety of artifacts that will offer something of interest for every visitor. From 19th and 20th Century clothing and accessories to Civil War weapons and ammunition, the museum tells the story of the development of Cobb County and Marietta with displays on Native Americans, the Gold Rush, early inventions, influential Mariettans, and the growth of the Bell Bomber Plant, now Lockheed/Martin.
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
30 Atlanta Street
The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is metropolitan Atlanta's only museum dedicated to American art. Housed in Marietta's first U.S. Post Office, the museum hosts a full schedule of exhibitions and boasts a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art.
Marietta Fire Museum
112 Haynes Street
The Marietta Fire Department was officially formed in 1854 following a massive fire which destroyed most of the Marietta Square. This museum offers a unique look at firefighting techniques and equipment from the 1800s to the present. The highlight of the collection is the Silsby Steamer purchased by the city in 1879. Nicknamed 'The Aurora,' the horse-drawn pumper served Marietta until 1921, and received a complete restoration in 1992. It is one of only five still in existence. Mon-Fri 8-5, Evenings and weekends by appointment. Free. Tours conducted by active duty fire fighters.
The Root House Museum
145 Denmead Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Built in 1845 by Hannah and William Root, the Root House Museum offers visitors a glimpse of the home life of a middle class merchant and his family. Owned and operated by the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, it is one of the oldest surviving frame houses in Marietta and is furnished with period furniture in the fashion of the 1850s. Outside guests can walk among flower beds and vegetable plots in a garden that reflects the gardening practices of the mid 19th century, as well as see the recreated kitchen and working 1850s cook stove.
Old Zion Baptist Church Heritage Museum
165 Lemon Street
Located at the corner of Lemon & Haynes Streets, this Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history, art and culture of the black community in Cobb County. Open Thursday, 10am-2pm or by appointment. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
Be sure to purchase a Heritage Passport at the Marietta Welcome Center. Only $10 gets you into the Marietta Museum of History, the Root House Museum and the Marietta Gone With the Wind. Call 770-429-1115 for details.