Marietta Square, Marietta Georgia
Whether you come to shop, eat or be entertained, there is something for everyone at the Marietta Square in downtown Marietta, GA. Stop in at the Welcome Center in the old train depot to pick up maps, information and restaurant advice. You might even start your Marietta Square souvenir shopping here.
At the center of the square is Glover Park, a great place for picnics, photos and playtime. During the 19th century, the land was donated by Mayor John Glover with the stipulation that the site must always remain a park or it will revert to his heirs. A fountain sits at the heart of the park, but children will make a bee-line for the train engine playground featuring a replica of the famous locomotive known as The General. The gazebo on site is a wonderful destination for photos and for weddings. Opposite it, the “bandstand” (or stage) is a focal point for concerts and events.
Surrounding the park, and a wide array of shops awaits you. Unique gift shops, boutiques, antique shops, even a Brumby Rocker store dot the square.
With over thirty Marietta Square restaurants in the area — ranging from traditional American and Southwestern fare to Asian, Colombian, Greek, French, Italian and even Mediterranean cuisine – an eclectic mix tempts your taste buds. Desserts, bakery items and “spirits” also are within easy reach. Many establishments have outdoor seating, so you can people-watch while you enjoy your meal.
The Marietta Square is brimming with history. The Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War started here. Also during the Civil War, militia trained on the park, the area was used as a military hospital, and later the buildings were burned during Sherman’s March to the Sea.
If you are interested in the area’s history, visit the Marietta Museum of History on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House near the train tracks (next to the Welcome Center). The museum holds collections of photographs, artifacts and information about Marietta and North Georgia. Word is this building, which once served as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War, may be haunted by as many as 700 ghosts.
Next door is the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, which houses artifacts related to the Margaret Mitchell novel and Academy Award-winning 1939 film.
You also might hop on board a trolley for a tour of historic Marietta. Walking tours can guide you through the Square’s history, too. If your tastes run to the “spooky” side, you could sign up for a Ghosts of Marietta tour.
Additional Marietta Square destinations include the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta Fire Museum, Root House Museum and Marlow House. Note that a “Heritage Passport” available at the Welcome Center will give you admission to the Museum of History, the Root House, and the Gone with the Wind Museum for one discounted fee.
Both The Strand Theatre and Theatre in the Square offer performances throughout the year. Glover Park also is the venue for a variety of outdoor events. For example, April through August, The Glover Park Concert Series runs the last Friday evening of each month. See the Marietta calendar of events for more information about events offered on the Square.
The Marietta Square Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from early May through late Fall. For more information call 770-499-9393.
Parking can be found in a half-dozen locations around the Square. Some of this parking is paid, other lots are free. You can bet the free lots fill up quickly during an event, so plan to arrive early.
How to find the Square? If you’re coming from Atlanta, take I-75 north to exit 263, which is South Marietta Parkway 120. At the exit, turn left and go west about five miles. Turn right onto Atlanta Street, and the Square is two blocks ahead. If you’re coming from North Georgia, take I-75 South to exit 265, which is North Marietta Parkway 120. At the exit, turn right and go west about two miles. Turn left onto Church Street, and the Square is two blocks ahead.
Glover Park and Historic Marietta Square
50 Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
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The fountain in Glover Park at Marietta Square
Glover Park, in the center of Marietta Square
This Liberty Bell was a gift to the citizens of Marietta and Cobb County by the Marietta Jaycees on July 4, 1976. It was presented as part of the Bicentennial Celebration and is an exact duplicate of the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, manufactured by the same foundry in England.