Marietta, GA

What you can find at Marietta Square

Jennifer Bonn

Marietta Square and the area around is full of history, food, and activities. Let me tell you about the square.

Where it is located

Marietta Square and Glover Park can be found at 99 S. Park Square, N.E. Marietta, Ga. 30060

Go to the welcome center in the old train depot to receive a map of the area and information on the area.

Parking

There is parking around the square as well as down the side street and there are several other spots for public parking.

History

The land for Glover Park was donated by Mayor John Glover in the 19th century. The area was the location for the start of the great locomotive chase of the Civil War. Civil War militia trained in the park, and it was a military hospital.

The Marietta Museum of History in the Kennesaw House near the railroad tracks was a hospital and a morgue and claims to be haunted. There are photographs, artifacts, and information about the history of the area.

The houses in the area have a story to tell too. There are tours of houses to explore more of the history.

Food options

The farmer’s market is one of my favorite places to go because it is so much more than shopping for food. The Market is open on Saturdays from 9-12 at 4l Mill Street. There is fresh food of all kinds with plenty of samples, but there are also craft vendors, beautiful flowers, and more pastries than you can imagine. It is a dog lover’s dream because many people bring their dogs and sometimes the Southern Greyhound Association is out with some of their dogs. There is an atmosphere of joy because who doesn’t want to be around good food? Our favorite thing to do is to start with a coffee from Cool Beans and then buy food for a picnic and have a feast. There is now an online store too.

Marietta Square Market is an eatery with 18 different eating options. It is in a revitalized warehouse next to the railroad tracks. The trolley and the location are symbols of Marietta’s important history.

There are so many options for eating on the square. The Australian Bakery Café, Sugar Cakes Patisserie, Hemingway’s Bar and Grill, Taqueria Tsunami, The Marietta Local, and Paul’s Pot Pies are some of the possibilities. Stroll around the square to see the many possibilities, and make sure to go down the side streets too.

I have to add one of my favorite places to go right off the square, Douceur de France. If you want French food and great service, you should stop by.

Cultural events and activities

The Strand

The strand is a theater that was opened in 1935 and still shows movies and hosts shows. It can be rented and also is available for group tours.

There is a walking tour, a tasting tour, and ghosts of Marietta tour. Information can be found at the visitor center.

April-September there is a concert series at the bandstand in the park on the last Friday of each month.

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There are a variety of shops to explore throughout the square.

Activities for children

There is an area for children to board a kid’s size train and run off some extra energy.

Come to Marietta Square and see for yourself what it has to offer.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

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