If you’re planning a trip to Georgia, you probably already know that the American South is steeped in rich cultural history. The state of Georgia has hundreds of historical sites and museums that are sure to please the history buff in your family. In Marietta alone, there are dozens of places to visit. Stay in a hotel in central Marietta, and check out these awesome history museums in the area.
The Marietta Museum of History
Located on the south side of Marietta Square, the Marietta Museum of History should be a stop for all tourists. Whether you’re uniquely interested in the history of the area or simply looking for a pleasant way to pass a rainy Georgia afternoon, the Marietta Museum of History has you covered. The building itself was a hospice during the Civil War and has a fascinating history all its own. But it is also full of great educational exhibits for children and adults alike, making it a destination of interest to the whole family.
The William Root House Museum and Garden
The William Root House is the oldest existing house in downtown Marietta — which is saying a lot in a place with so much history. It is a more modest house than those highlighted in films about antebellum life, and as such, probably provides a more realistic view of life during that time period.
However, the William Root House is so much more than just an old residence. Now a small history museum, the house is an educational experience for anyone interested in antebellum history or the history of Marietta itself. Even the gardens are still planted to reflect the vegetables, herbs, and plants that would have been growing during the 19th century, making a visit to the Root House like a step back in time.
The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Technically in Kennesaw, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History will be just a short drive from any hotel in Marietta. The museum houses an impressive collection of Civil War memorabilia as well as one of the largest exhibits of locomotive history in the area. With model trains and interactive exhibits, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is a fun time, even for the smallest members of your family.
The “Gone With the Wind” Museum
“Gone With the Wind,” released in 1939, was a big movie that still has a huge following even today. For the film buff in your family, a trip to the “Gone With the Wind” Museum is definitely worth the $7 admission. The museum features a small private collection of memorabilia and history related to both the book and the film, including real shooting scripts, props, and even a dress that Vivien Leigh wore on the set of the movie. The museum is small, but it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a way to spend a couple of hours.
If you’re looking for a great little city to visit, Marietta, Georgia, has the perfect blend of history and fun that will make your trip one to remember.