A short 20-minute car ride north of Atlanta, Georgia lies the slightly older city of Marietta. Yes, older. Older, and chock full of history. During the American Civil War, Marietta was the last thing keeping General Sherman from burning Atlanta to the ground (that’s for those of you who haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind”) and a fierce, ugly battle was fought here. Nowadays it’s a lively, attractive city with things to do nearly every weekend in the summer and a ton of stuff to photograph.
Historic Marietta Ground Zero is defined as an area known simply as “The Square”. A park lies in the middle, and rows of businesses line three sides while the third side is taken up by a government building. The historic area extends in all directions for several blocks, however, and you can spend an entire day should you desire, wandering, exploring, photographing, shopping, eating and drinking.
There are restaurants for most tastes and budgets here; French (yes, real French), Greek, Indian, Thai, Italian, Creole; and of course, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and the like.
For those with a serious interest in American Civil War History, there are two large burial grounds for both Confederate and Union Soldiers within walking distance of the Square, and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is merely a few minutes’ car trip away.
Finally, it is worth noting that every first Friday of the month from March to October, there is an Art Walk on the Square from 5-9. Galleries and shops open their doors, artists set up, musicians set up and spontaneously play on the sidewalk – it’s a wonderful time to capture fun and unusual subjects!
So if you find yourself in Atlanta and you get a bit bored with the usual Buckhead-VaHi-L5P tourist circuit, consider making a trip up here where it’s a bit more quiet and just as fun!