Marietta is a gem of the south with a past that is deep in tradition, history and quality of life. As with any community harboring these traits, some residents chose to never leave. Whether it is the departed spirit of a civil war soldier, or a mysterious resident of one of Marietta's stately homes or businesses, you will hear the stories behind these mysteries and as some tour guests have, you may even see them yourself. Every ghost and haunting has a story.
Open since 1996, the Marietta Museum of History is housed on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House. Originally a cotton warehouse built in 1845, it was remodeled to become the Fletcher House Hotel in 1855. During the Civil War the hotel temporarily served as a makeshift hospital and morgue. For this reason, the building has become the subject of many stories and local ghost folklore. This notoriety has led to appearances on CNN, The History Channel and PBS. Today the museum houses four galleries featuring collections from Local History, Home Life and the Military. Unique to our museum is the Civil War collection featuring the history of the Georgia Military Institute, the story of the only slave buried in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery and the distinction of involvement in the infamous Union plot to steal the Confederate Locomotive called The General. The Marietta Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the history of Marietta and Cobb County by providing an educational, enlightening, and engaging experience. Join us in preserving our past at the Marietta Museum of History!