Marietta is located in Cobb County, about 15 miles to the north-west of Atlanta and is Cobb’s county seat. Marietta is one of the metro’s largest suburbs, and fourth largest city, with a population of 61,497 (2023 census).
Known for its small-town feel and rich history, the city’s roots date back to the 1800’s and is older than Atlanta itself. The first cluster of homes in the area were built in 1824. In 1832, Georgia created 10 new counties from previously held Cherokee lands. By 1834, the State of Georgia formally recognized Marietta as a town. While Cobb County was named after US Senator and US Representative Thomas Willis Cobb, it was reported in the Georgia Gazetteer in 1837 that the city of Marietta was named after his wife, which is interesting because records show that her name was actually Polly and not Mary as locals believe. Marietta was burned to the ground during Sherman’s march to Atlanta.Image Credit: George N. Barnard, 1819-1902, photographer. Public domain.
Marietta is home to one of the oldest (and in our opinion nicest) historic squares in Georgia: the historic Marietta Square. Anchored by Glover Park at its center and surrounded by a variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants, small offices, government buildings and streets lined with victorian-style homes, the Marietta Square is a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.
Marietta features many museums which showcase its history, some of which include the Marietta History Center, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, the Gone With The Wind Museum and more.
The city also has a number of beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, such as the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Cheatham Hill, which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding area and is ideal for hikers and nature lovers.
Marietta is also known for having a wonderful selection of schools in the Cobb County School District and in the Marietta City School District, Georgia’s first charter school system.