Civil War Events in Marietta

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With a history dating back to 1834, Marietta, Georgia, a present-day big city with small town charm located  minutes north of Atlanta and just south of the North Georgia Mountains, was the stage on which many significant events during the Civil War unfolded. Marietta was also once a proposed Capital of the Confederacy and is still home to the Marietta National Cemetery. This year marks the sesquicentennial of the fourth year of battle between the North and the South and Marietta commemorates important happenings with year-round special events – many of which are taking place this summer.

Gather the whole family or embark on your own personal historical pursuits and remember this historic occasion with events like the Juneteenth annual celebration, a reenactment of the March from Marietta Square to Kennesaw Mountain, Civil War: The Musical at the Strand Theatre, a re-dedication recognizing the 100th anniversary of dedication of the Illinois monument and more. The Bleeding Gray and Blue Walking Tour, every Saturday in June, joins visitors with noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square, highlighting the events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.

cannonHead to Marietta during the last weekend in June when a series of events hosted by the National Park Service will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with various activities beginning with an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 26, and concluding on June 29. Each day will consist of different proceedings including cannon demonstrations, guided hikes, and a Civil War fashion show, along with Civil War medical tents, activities for children and various speakers and presentations. Check out the website for a full list of events.  www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

Download Marietta’s free Cannonball Trail app (iTunes or Android) and take a self-guided driving tour around Marietta and through Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield where you’re treated to historically-significant sights such as the fields where men fought and died, the cemeteries where those brave men rest eternally, the houses that commanders used as their headquarters and the city where it all took place.

Round out a visit with stops at area attractions, many of which are of historical note. Located on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House, the Marietta Museum of History tells a rich account of the area. Also nearby, the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square was established in April of 2003 and currently houses Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s privately owned collection of GWTW book and movie memorabilia.  Two blocks from the square, the Root House is one of the oldest surviving frame houses in Marietta. The home offers visitors an opportunity to experience how a middle class merchant and his family lived in the 1850s. Climb aboard the Historic Marietta Trolley Company for a one-hour, fully-narrated exploration of the city. Visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park where so many important events in the Civil War transpired and then come full-circle with a trip to the modern-day Marietta Square Farmers Market.

For a side of culture, take time to appreciate metropolitan Atlanta’s only museum dedicated to American art, the Marietta /Cobb Museum of Art, housed in Marietta’s first U.S. Post Office, and home to a full schedule of exhibitions and boasting a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, from Warhol to Wyeth. And, don’t miss the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, an Art Deco theatre that served as a movie house on the Marietta Square from 1935-76 where you can catch a performance of “Civil War: The Musical” this summer.

Event listings

June 7

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

June 8

Spirituals

Dr. Moses performs spirituals at Zion Baptist Church.

4 p.m.

Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-427-8749

www.ZionBaptistChurchMarietta.org

June 13-14

Juneteenth Concert and Celebration

Join the Cobb NAACP for the annual Juneteenth celebration and concert including arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and historical recreation and reading of Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is the oldest national celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

6-11 p.m., Friday, June 13; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, June 14; Gospel Concert 3-6 p.m., Sunday, June 15

Historic Marietta Square

770-425-5757

www.CobbNAACP.org

June 14

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

Contact: Jan Galt, Jgalt@MariettaGa.gov

June 20-21

The Civil War, A Musical Experience Weekend

Friday and Saturday, June 20-21

Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060

770-293-0080

www.EarlSmithStrand.org 

June 20-22

Battle Re-enactors and Encampments on Marietta Square

Battle re-enactors and encampments will take place in and around the Historic Marietta Square.

All day

Historic Marietta Square

770-429-1115

www.MariettaCivilWar.com

June 21

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

June 22

Confederate Cemetery Tour by Friends of Brown Park

Living history tours at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery and City Cemetery.

1-4:30 p.m.

Marietta Confederate Cemetery, 395 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5606

www.MariettaCivilWar.com

June 26-29

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Anniversary Events

The National Park Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with various events beginning with an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 26, and concluding on June 29. Each day will consist of different events including cannon demonstrations, guided hikes, and a Civil War fashion show, along with Civil War medical tents, activities for children and various speakers and presentations. Check out the website for a full list of events.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, 9900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152. Off-site parking required – check website for updated parking map.

770-427-4686.

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

June 26

Kennesaw Mountain Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremony is the official start to a weekend filled with events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

7 p.m.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152.  Off-site parking will be required – check website for updated parking map.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

 

June 27

Claire Lynch Band and Bobby Horton Concert

Claire Lynch is the reigning 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year.  Bobby Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, seasoned performer and music historian.

7 p.m.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

June 28

Rededication recognizing 100th anniversary of dedication of Illinois monument

The magnificent Illinois Monument, which stands at the crest of Cheatham Hill, was erected by the State of Illinois to honor the 480 men from that state who died on this slope.  The marble monument is thirty-four feet square at the base and the shaft rises twenty-five feet.  Atop the monument is a seven-foot high bronze soldier clutching a rifle and two women in classic Greek garb.

8:30 p.m.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

 

June 28

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

           

June 29

Kennesaw Mountain Closing Ceremonies

The closing ceremony is the official end to a weekend filled with events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

5 p.m.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152.  Off-site parking will be required – check website for updated parking map.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

 

If you go

Bring the family and experience these local Civil War attractions open year-round.

Marietta National Cemetery

The Marietta National Cemetery is the site of over 10,000 Union graves. Henry Green Cole donated the land as a joint Confederate & Union cemetery, hoping to heal ill feelings between the north and south. However, Marietta officials did not want Confederate dead buried near Yankee dead, so they formed a separate Confederate Cemetery.

Marietta Confederate Cemetery & Brown Park

The Marietta Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place for 3,000 Confederate soldiers from nearby hospitals and military operations including the Battle of Kolb’s Farm and The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Kennesaw House & the Marietta Museum of History

Located on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House, the Marietta Museum of History tells a rich account of the area. It houses the city’s extensive historical collections of photographs, artifacts and documentary information of Marietta in particular, and North Georgia in general.

Gone With the Wind Museum

The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square was established in April of 2003 and currently houses Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s privately owned collection of GWTW book and movie memorabilia.

The Root House Museum

Two blocks from the square, the Root House is one of the oldest surviving frame houses in Marietta. The home offers visitors an opportunity to experience how a middle class merchant and his family lived in the 1850s.

The Historic Marietta Trolley Co.

A one-hour, fully-narrated exploration of our historic city. Experience Marietta’s rich heritage, from the vibrant Downtown Square, past grand Antebellum homes, to the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain.           

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

On June 27, 1864, Kennesaw Mountain is the site of a major battle between the North and South. General Sherman’s troops battled those of Confederate General Johnston in one of many clashes that led to the fall of Atlanta. The park now encompasses more than 2,800 acres and features a visitor’s center, gift shop, museum and 16 miles of hiking trails.

Marietta Square Farmers Market

The Marietta Square Farmers Market is located on the Historic Marietta Square.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday and 12 noon to 3 p.m. every Sunday, April through November, rain or shine. 60 plus vendors on Saturday and 30 plus vendors on Sunday will feature Georgia grown, made or produced vegetables, cheese, bread, eggs, fresh flowers, local honey, baked goods and milk every weekend.

Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is metropolitan Atlanta’s only museum dedicated to American art. Housed in Marietta’s first U.S. Post Office, the museum hosts a full schedule of exhibitions and boasts a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, from Warhol to Wyeth. Besides their exhibitions the museum offers lectures, workshops, classes, and art festivals. Other social and cultural opportunities are also offered.

           

Earl Smith Strand Theatre

This Art Deco theatre served as a movie house on the Marietta Square from 1935-76. Recently restored and returned to its original glory, it now hosts classic films, concerts and stage productions.

 Expand your experience with the Bleeding Gray and Blue walking tours every Saturday in June with historian Brad Quinlin.

Women Learn Kayaking at Sweetwater Creek State Park

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Am I going to tip over? Will I get stuck underwater? What if I fall off into the water? These are some of the concerns that we have about learning to kayak. Well, I have news for you! You can put away your worries and join Kelly Fellows at Sweetwater Creek State Park for a safe adventure learning how to kayak! You won’t tip over! You won’t fall in and you won’t get stuck underwater. These misconceptions about learning how to kayak are brought to us by the grand images of thrill-seekers driving their kayaks through dangerous rapids. This isn’t the case at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Did you know there are different varieties of kayaks? Me either. The kayaks at Sweetwater are flat-bottom. They are designed to provide you with more initial stability. The waters you will be kayaking are calm and there is little chance of tipping over. As a precaution, you’re provided with a life jacket. So, if you do happen to fall into the calm waters, you have your flotation device and the support of your instructors to help you.

candycook_sweetwaterkatakToday, I joined a group of adventurous women learning how to kayak at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Let me tell you, not one of us beginners tipped our kayak or fell in the water! With the help of our instructors and the support of the other women, even the most fearful of the group was able to enter & exit her kayak with ease. The worst part, for some, was simply getting over their fear of tipping the kayak and falling in the water.

Led by our instructor, Kelly Fellows, we learned the basics of paddling in a comfortable and supportive environment.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the challenge of a constant wind threatening to blow us off course! Kelly was informative and direct in her guidance. It was definitely a hands-on learning experience that left me feeling empowered and much more confident in my skills. There was no pressure to rush and everyone was allowed to learn at her own pace.

Once Kelly had all of her students in the water, she taught us how to hold the paddle and began instructions on proper technique before leading us on a short paddle. It was the perfect distance for a beginner. We were fighting a stiff wind, today. What I’m assuming is usually a leisurely trip gave us a little workout. I enjoyed the challenge and not one of the ladies gave up and turned back. Once we reached our destination, we took a short break while Kelly answered questions about issues and concerns.  We resumed our exercise by practicing different methods of turning the kayaks. Kelly informed me, at this point, that she would normally have her students hop off of the kayaks and teach them how to get back on without assistance in shallow water. However, this being the first session of the season, the water was on the cold side and we skipped that part of the lesson.

I am extremely pleased with the experience.  I am a regular visitor to Sweetwater Creek. After this class, I feel like I can enjoy this park in a fun new way. If you’re looking for a fun, safe adventure to have with your friends this spring, I highly suggest registering for the upcoming classes. After you conquer your fears or address your concerns in the initial introduction class, you can join some of the other paddling sessions the park offers. What a great way to explore this beautiful park just a short drive from Atlanta in Lithia Springs, Georgia.

Upcoming Classes – For Women by Women: Introduction to Kayaking

Sunday, April 13 & Saturday, April 19 4pm-5pm

Join us for an intro to kayaking on beautiful Sparks Reservoir. This program is for girls & women 16 years or older who are able to swim and are new to kayaking. Includes kayak rental, personal flotation device, and paddle. Reservations are necessary at 770-732-5871. Meet at bait shop in Sweetwater Creek State Park. $15 plus parking.

Contact Sweetwater Creek State Park:

Sweetwater_Creek_Park@dnr.state.ga.us

(770) 732-5871

www.GaStateParks.org/SweetwaterCreek

Candy Cook is a professional writer & photographer who enjoys adventuring outdoors with her two sons. She draws inspiration from the natural world releasing it through written word and award-winning photography on her blog LongLiveLearning.com, as well as digital & print publications.

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26th Annual Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza

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Fresh flowers, warm weather and Cabbage Patch Kids can only mean one thing: The 26th Annual Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza is near! The hospital staff at BabyLand General has a host of activities planned for you and your family; they’re expecting a very special guest, the Easter Bunny! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12!

Cabbage Patch Kids have long been an iconic symbol of Cleveland, Georgia. Xavier Roberts first developed the idea in 1977, originally branding them “Little People.” The idea came to Roberts while working as a manager at the Unicoi Craft Shop in Helen, Georgia. Becoming what is now known as Cabbage Patch Kids; the loveable dolls went on to be a popular trend in the 1980s and are still a popular toy among children today.

BabyLand General Hospital, located in Cleveland, Georgia is referred to as the “Home” of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Visitors from around the world tour the facility.

Throughout the year, BabyLand General – the 70,000-square-foot antebellum mansion, hosts several family-friendly events. The largest spring event hosted by BabyLand General is the Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza.

Beginning at 8 a.m., join the Easter Bunny himself for a fabulous pancake breakfast in the Magic Crystal Ballroom. Reservations are required so please contact 706-865-2171 to book your child’s spot.

At 9 a.m., tour BabyLand General Hospital Grounds and drop by the arts & crafts festival for fresh food, live music, games, dancing and prizes. Hosted by the White County Chamber of Commerce, this year’s festival will include a rock climbing wall, bungee jump and moon walk.

wccc-cleveland-parade-floats-2014-03At 11 a.m., make your way to historic downtown Cleveland to participate in the celebration parade. Beginning at Jack P. Nix School, the parade continues through the square and ends near the Cleveland courthouse. Enjoy colorful floats and costumes, music, happy clowns and more Cabbage Patch Kids!

At 1 p.m., return to the Magic Crystal Ballroom to enjoy delicious afternoon treats of cupcakes and carrots with the Easter Bunny.

An Easter celebration would not be complete without an egg hunt! At 2 p.m. your little one can begin the search through 28,000 colorful eggs. Dispersed across the front lawn of BabyLand General, thousands of eggs will be filled with candy, prizes or a small toy. There are separate age areas for children, infant to three, four to five and ages six to 10.

The day of Easter fun winds down at 3 p.m. with the Easter bonnet contest. Children show their crafts skills as they design an original Easter bonnet for their new Cabbage Patch Kid. Adults, this is the time to unleash your inner child; you can enter the contest too!

Whether you adopt a new Cabbage Patch Kid or simply enjoy the festivities, this is an event you do not want to miss!

View the full event itinerary.