Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia

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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.

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