The historic Marietta Square could be Cobb County's most loved patch of land. In an area better known for sprawling neighborhoods and strip shopping centers, the Square stands out as a unique throwback. People are attracted to its intimate scale and unique shops and restaurants, a combination that's hard to come by in other areas of Cobb. Yes, I'm looking at you, Barrett Parkway. When ITP folk (that's inside I-285 for you non-Atlantans) mock the suburbs for their supposed banality and sameness, Mariettans are quick to offer the Square as a charming retort. And with good reason
Here's 6 things you didn't need to know about the Marietta Square.
- The fountain in Glover Park (the proper name for the square's central greenspace) has been drained and robbed of its pennies three times in the past year. Sign of the times?
- The Australian Bakery offers the largest selection of Aussie meat pies in the USA.
- The electric streetcar that carried commuters from Marietta to Atlanta looped around the Square before heading back to the city. The first vehicle, known as Uncle Ruban, was launched in 1905. Sadly for rail enthusiasts, service was discontinued in 1946.
- In the late 1970s, the recently restored Strand Theater was proposed for demolition by its owner in order to allow construction of a McDonald's. Disaster, averted.
- The Marietta Museum of History is reportedly the most haunted building in Marietta. The 1845 structure was a popular hotel before being used by both sides as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War.
- The Brumby Chair Company has been making its classic rockers in Marietta since 1875. Jimmy Carter even put a few on the Truman Balcony when he lived in the White House. How's that for some publicity? Although now located in a storefront on the Square, Brumby originally made their wares in a complex that's been converted to the Brumby Lofts apartments.