The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Spring Ramble and Annual Meeting will be held in Marietta, Kennesaw and Acworth, April 22-24. A partnership with Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, the event will offer visitors a rare opportunity to explore private historic homes, buildings and gardens that are not usually open to the public.
History enthusiasts will be charmed by exquisite houses and beloved downtown properties that grew up along the Great Kennesaw Route, a historic rail line that ran from Chattanooga to Atlanta. On Friday, ‘Ramblers’ will have the opportunity to explore historic properties in Marietta, a former winter resort town nicknamed “The Gem City of Georgia,” and Kennesaw, a railroad town steeped in Civil War history. Saturday’s Ramble continues in Marietta with stunning private homes and grand architectural gems. Sunday, Ramblers will take a drive out to Acworth, named after a railroad engineer’s hometown in New Hampshire, where brunch, historic bungalows and a charming Victorian-era downtown await.
The Ramble also includes special dining experiences held at magnificent historic sites throughout the weekend. On Friday night, ‘Ramblers’ will dine with the General, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Saturday morning breakfast will take place at the historic 1935 Strand Theatre, a former major motion picture house and now an important cultural community landmark overlooking Marietta’s town square. Lunch will be in downtown Marietta, where ‘Ramblers’ can choose from a variety of local eateries. Saturday night’s dinner will be held at Rockford, a unique antebellum home that was once served as a field hospital for the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and headquarters for a Confederate General. Before enjoying picturesque historic Acworth on Sunday, Ramblers will partake in a sumptuous brunch at the beautifully restored Old Mill, the oldest commercial building in town.
A wide variety of registration options is available. Whether you plan on touring for one day or spending the weekend, there’s something for everyone as we explore the beautiful cities of Marietta, Kennesaw and Acworth. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org.
Rambles feature tours and social events in historic properties not usually open to the public. Tours of historic homes and buildings are self-guided, and guests provide their own transportation. These trips attract hundreds of participants per Ramble and are offered two weekends each year in the fall and spring. Recent Rambles have included the Golden Isles, Athens and Americus.
About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all.
The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. To learn more, visit www.georgiatrust.org.
About Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, Inc.
For more than forty years, Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society has been preserving, protecting, and promoting Cobb County's historic structures and cultural heritage. Through advocacy and public education, we strive to ensure the historically significant sites in our region continue to enhance the county’s quality of life, economy, and tourism.
Each year, Cobb Landmarks provides engaging programs and activities that reach thousands of preservationists, tourists, teachers, college students, and school-age children. Many of these programs are centered on the organization’s two historic properties, the William Root House Museum and Garden and the Power Cabin. Currently, volunteer leaders are developing a strategic plan that will guide the organization in creating relevant programs, managing financial resources, and increasing awareness of local heritage. Learn more at: http://www.cobblandmarks.com
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