THE SOUTH’S MOUNTAIN RESORT DESTINATION
Tucked away in the hills north of Atlanta, Marietta is a quaint town with an abundance of rich Southern history. It was officially recognized as a town in 1834, but the sizable community had already been established for about a decade. By the 1850s and ‘60s, the town had grown in size and popularity, with tourists flocking to the more temperate mountain climate from the coast. Its popularity as a vacation destination did not immunize Marietta from the harsh realities of Victorian-era life. In the 1850s, large portions of the town were destroyed by fires, and it had just recovered by the time the Civil War broke out, when Union Major General William T. Sherman’s forces occupied the city during the summer of 1864. The town’s quaint, historic character remains intact today, with historic landmarks, a charming town square and a sense that preserving Marietta’s past is just as important as looking forward to its future.