A peak inside over 40 museums in and around West Georgia!
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Anniston Museum of Natural History
Anniston Museum of Natural History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, offers visitors the opportunity to explore the world from the wilds of Africa to the North American wilderness in its seven exhibit halls. You will find yourself face to face with majestic – but often deadly- animals, seeing one of the
country’s oldest exhibits of birds in their habitats, and gazing at 2,000 year old mummies. It’s a way to travel to places you might otherwise never see. The children’s discovery room features hands-on activities that invite children to experience Alabama’s natural treasures. After discovering nature’s secrets inside, you can stroll their outdoor trails, breathe the fresh air, and simply enjoy the surroundings.
800 Museum Drive Anniston, AL 36202 • 256.237.6766 • annistonmuseum.org
The APEX Phase I is an African American museum founded in 1978 by veteran filmmaker from Philadelphia, Dan Moore. Visitors can view two films “The Journey” and “Sweet Auburn Street of Pride.” The current facility houses two permanent
exhibits: “Africa: The Untold Story” and “Sweet Auburn “along with several rotating exhibits. Phase II will be a 90,000 square foot interactive museum that will provide a walk through history from ancient Africa to modern times.
135 Auburn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30310 • 404.523.2739 • apexmuseum.org
Atlanta History Center
Located on 33 acres in the heart of historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center invites you to explore Georgia’s past through award-winning exhibitions; two historic houses including 1928 Swan House and 1860s Smith Family Farm; Centennial Olympic Games Museum;the Goizueta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of historic gardens and trails; and the Kenan Research Center.Year round,visitors of all ages enjoy a variety of programs including monthly family festivals, lecture series with award-winning authors, and the opportunity to Meet the Past through their living history programs.
130 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305 • 404.814.4000 atlantahistorycenter.com
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association
The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association operates the preserve and historic buildings and provides all of the environmental, heritage, and event programming offered to the public. The beginnings of Autrey Mill date to a 1988 grassroots effort by community advocates to save the woodlands from development, prevent the loss of the old mill site, and halt the demolition of historic buildings situated on the property. The beautiful Autrey Mill of today was built over a 27-year period under the leadership of the organization. They continue to improve the facilities while protecting the natural environment and preserving the history of the area, creating a local asset and regional attraction.
9770 Autrey Mill Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 • 678.366.3511 • autreymill.org
Bartow History Museum
The Bartow History Museum is located in the 1869 Courthouse in historic downtown Cartersville and documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years. Through their interactive exhibits, visitors explore Cherokee and pioneer cabins, sit in a one-room school house, listen to historic voices, and much more. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Their extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more.
4 East Church Street Cartersville, GA 30120 770.387.2774 • bartowhistorymuseum.org
Located next to the Anniston Museum of Natural History,
Berman Museum is where history comes alive. Their galleries take you from the rugged American West to the exotic Far East. Ancient to modern weapons, bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and others, artwork, and photographs give visitors insight into mankind’s behavior and challenges. You will see personal items of Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler. A jewel encrusted Royal Persian Scimitar that belonged to the Shahs with its diamonds, rubies and emeralds, offers a sharp contrast to the common every day weapons of the American West. The fascinating collection amassed by Farley and Germaine Berman has been augmented by an amazing Asian collection donated by Dr. Oliver Foo and his family. Berman Museum offers a unique opportunity to view treasures and objects from around the world.
840 Museum Drive Anniston, AL 36202 • 256.237.6261 • bermanmuseum.org
Booth Western Art Museum
Visitors to their 120,000 square foot museum can see America’s story - the land, people, struggles, dreams, and legends - in paintings, sculpture, photography and artifacts. As the second largest art museum in Georgia, the collection includes a variety of Western art, a unique collection of Presidential letters and photographs, an extensive display of Civil War art, and Sagebrush Ranch – an interactive children’s gallery. This Smithsonian Institution affiliate is an architectural showcase housing the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. The Booth houses more than a dozen galleries, including three temporary galleries featuring 10 to 12 exhibitions per year. Their museum also houses a research library, gift shop, and Café.
501 Museum Drive Cartersville, GA 30120 770.387.1300 • boothmuseum.org
The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta’s Jewish museum, offers visitors a wealth of experience spanning Jewish Arts, History and Identity. The Breman Museum is home to exhibition galleries, the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education and the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History. The Weinberg Center informs visitors from every religious and cultural background on the history of the Holocaust through the personal stories of survivors now living in Atlanta. These personal testimonies, both in film and in person, teach visitors about the universal themes of human dignity, diversity and the responsibility we have as human beings to prevent genocide. The Cuba Family Archives, the largest repository of southern Jewish history, houses collections of documents, photographs, artifacts and oral histories of Jewish life in Georgia and Alabama.
1440 Spring Street NW Atlanta, GA 30309 • 678.222.3700 • thebreman.org
Bud Jones Taxidermy & Wildlife Museum
Bud Jones Taxidermy is a full time taxidermy business, in operation for 70 years. Their wildlife museum features an elephant head, African animals, North American animals, and specimens from around the world. Come see a grizzly bear, bobcats, black bears, mountain lions, birds, and other animals. Also featured are mounted insects (beetles, butterflies, etc.) and one of the biggest fossil collections in the area. You can see fossil fish, turtles, crabs, and many other specimens from all over the world. Large tour groups should call beforehand for reservations. Cameras are allowed.
359 Highway 120 Tallapoosa, GA 30176 770.574.7480 • bjonestaxidermy.com
Bulloch Hall was built in 1839 for James Stephens Bulloch and his second wife Martha Stewart Elliott. The impressive Greek Revival structure, with a full pedimented portico, is considered one of the most significant homes in Georgia, and a fine example of true temple form architecture. The house and grounds have been closely restored to its original appearance. The grounds host 142 trees on the Historic Trees Register. This home was the setting for the wedding of their second daughter Mittie to Theodore Roosevelt on December 22, 1853. The most famous of the couple’s four children was their son Theodore who became the 26th and youngest President of the United States.
180 Bulloch Avenue Roswell, GA 30075 770.992.1731 • bullochhall.org
The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, features changing exhibits throughout the year to supplement their permanent installations. Four temporary exhibitions — each related to CDC′s work — are mounted each year. The CDC Museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the value of prevention–based public health, while collecting, preserving, and presenting CDC’s rich heritage and vast accomplishments through engaging museum exhibitions and dynamic educational programming. The museum hosts about 90,000 visitors each year, and provides popular educational programs for students and teachers. Originally called the Global Health Odyssey Museum, the facility was established in 1996 in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 50th anniversary and to coincide with the Centennial Olympic Games.
1600 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 • 404.639.0830 • cdc.gov/museum
Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is a National Historic Landmark and one of only a few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. Major Ridge, whose old home Chieftains now occupies, was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which resulted in the forced relocation of the Cherokee people. Today their museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the 19th Cherokee through the life, home, and property of the Ridge family. Visit to learn the stories of the families that have lived in the home.
501 Riverside Parkway NE Rome, GA 30161 • 706. 291.9494 • chieftainsmuseum.org
Cultural Arts Council Douglasville
The mission of the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville & Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents and visitors by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite groups.
8652 Campbellton Street Douglasville, GA 30134 • 770.949.2787 • artsdouglas.org
Douglas County Museum of History and Art
When the new courthouse was opened in 1998, the old courthouse was declared “surplus” and slated for sale and disposal. The Douglas County Tourism and History Commission persuaded the Board of Commissioners to save the building because of its unique architectural style and for use by the community. The Old Courthouse now houses the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. There are rotating exhibits of mid-20th Century (to reflect the 1956 date of the Courthouse) private collections including a display of school lunchboxes, children’s phonographs and items from a personal collection of Coca Cola articles. In recent years, they have added a tribute to their veterans, black education history, Fanny Mae Davis (first County historian), and Young Vansant (one of the first settlers). They have also added exhibits that feature early medical items, and how merchants and farmers lived as well at the Black Educational History Exhibit (BEHE).
6754 Broad Street Douglasville, GA 30134 • 678.449.3939 • douglascountymuseum.com
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest movie screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 76-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history.
Hammonds House Museum
Hammonds House Museum, located in historic West End, presents visual art of the African Diaspora as a means of inviting diverse audiences to dialogue collectively about cultural commonalities and experiences. They use the visual arts to penetrate cross-generational communication barriers and to explore innovative strategies to teach children across academic disciplines.
503 Peeples Street SW Atlanta, GA 30310 • 404.612.048 • hammondshouse.org
Helton Howland Park
The Helton Howland Park exhibits military equipment in an attempt to preserve the history and service of all veterans while providing community service, awareness,and education for current and future generations. The F105 Project Phase 1 has been completed to include disassembling, loading, transporting, and unloading two F105’s from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas to Tallapoosa, Georgia.
2853 Highway 78 Tallapoosa, GA 30176 • 678.416.1401 • haralsoncountyveteransassociation.org
Hiram Rosenwald School
The Hiram Rosenwald School, or “The Hiram Colored School,” was the public school for African-Americans from 1930 to 1955. Their location is one of 242 Rosenwald Schools listed in the National Register of Historical Places in 2001.There are
approximately 38 of the Rosenwald School structures still standing. Their Hiram location is also the only building associated with African-American education and heritage in Paulding County to receive national recognition.
732 Hiram-Douglasville Highway Hiram, GA 30141 • 770.943.7473
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park interprets the 1864 American Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign. The nearly 3000 acre site has 11 miles of original, preserved entrenchments; 22 miles of interpretive hiking trails; and a large, diverse array of animal and plant life – all within a sprawling, urban area less than 30 minutes from Georgia’s state capital. It is the largest greenspace in metropolitan Atlanta and attracts over 2.1 million visitors annually, making it the most visited federally preserved battlefield in the nation. Located in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, the museum presents a comprehensive story of the events preceding the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the battle, and the lasting effects it had on the community.
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive Kennesaw, GA 30152 • 770.427.4686 • nps.gov/kemo
League-Lowe Memorial Park
This compassionate memorial articulates WW1, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. It was developed and maintained by Haralson County Veteran, and was built and paid for by the citizens of Haralson County. The League-Lowe Park, built in 1992, features an upright monument with the faces of two Haralson County Veterans etched into the stone. Both were killed in Vietnam. A water fountain surrounded by 1,400 individual markers of veterans from all over the country, a 17-foot obelisk with the legend of Haralson County Veterans K.I.A, a Wall of Tears honoring women of the military, a hexahedron with the Eternal Flame listing every war from 1776 through Dessert Storm, and a Crest of the North wall dedicated to Haralson County’s “Medal of Honor” recipient Ray McKibben, killed in Vietnam, are the monuments that can be found throughout the park. One of the latest additions was added on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies. The heart touching display tells the story of The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania Field.
Margaret Mitchell House
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the Atlanta History Center,
the Margaret Mitchell House is a turn-of-the century, three-story, Tudor Revival building where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, Gone With the Wind. General admission includes a guided tour through Margaret’s apartment, which lasts approximately 30-40 minutes, and access to the exhibitions: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character, Stars Fall on Atlanta and The Making of a Film Legend: Gone With the Wind
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art occupies a renovated historic Classical Revival building that opened as the Cobb County United States Post Office on March 14, 1910. The Main Branch of the Cobb County/Marietta Public Library moved into the Post Office in October 1963. The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art continues to acquire works for its permanent collections. The museum features ambitious special exhibitions throughout the year. Tours, lectures, classes, art camp and other educational, social, and cultural opportunities are also offered. Dedication to fulfilling its slogan “building community through art” is evidenced throughout the Museum’s range of events and activities.
Marietta Fire Museum
The Marietta Fire Museum has many items on display used by the Marietta Fire Department dating back to the 1800s. The display shows a variety of fire service clothing, equipment and antique apparatus. Some items in the museum are on loan from private collectors. Their apparatus display includes: 1879 Silsby Steamer, 1921 American LaFrance pumper, 1929 Seagrave pumper, 1949 Pirsch ladder truck, 1952 Chevrolet panel truck. Their museum is open for walk in self-guided tours 7 days a week. Pre-scheduled firefighter led tours are available and include a tour of the museum as well as the apparatus bay of Station 51, where visitors will see up close the fire trucks used in today’s fire service. The museum gift store offers adult and youth t-shirts, collectible challenge coins, blankets, replica youth size fire gear, and ornaments.
Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum
Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum has displayed the collection of Dr. Chris Sullivan for the past 13 years. Located off the Historic Marietta square, the museum contains Gone With the Wind memorabilia relating to both the film and the author. On display are original costume pieces, conceptual artwork, scripts, and foreign editions. A favorite of visitors to the museum is the original honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh in the film. Housed in a former cotton warehouse built in 1875, the collection contains hundreds of original artifacts of historic importance to fans and historians alike.
Marietta Museum of History
The Marietta Museum of History is dedicated to preserving, providing, promoting and partnering
with their community to make it a desirable place to work, live and play. Located in the historic Kennesaw House building, the Museum has four galleries that explore the history of Marietta and Cobb County through exhibits with universal appeal, such as their current exhibit, Boom! Toys of the Baby Boomer Generation that will be on display through 2016. They will also be opening a new exhibit in summer 2016 that will focus on the fashions of the mid-20th century, entitled Shop ‘til You Drop. They offer programming throughout the year.
Mason Fine Art
Mason Fine Art is the new arts destination in Atlanta’s Armour Junction (near the Sweetwater Design District), just minutes from Midtown and Buckhead. Their gallery features three large exhibition spaces that provide for intimate experiences as well as views of large format two and three-dimensional works. The gallery’s focus is a continually evolving selection of high quality contemporary works by regional, national, and international artists. In addition, Mason Fine Art is in the business of showcasing the work of new artists and facilitating their further artistic development.
Millennium Gate Museum
The Millennium Gate Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage as well as highlight Georgia’s historical and aesthetic relevance to the
United States and to the world. The museum’s next exhibition, The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio, will open on August 20th. It will feature Ancient Greek artifacts, many of which exceed 2,500 years of age, which tell the history of the Olympic Games and Ancient Olympia, athletic competition, and Greek mythology and politics. The museum is 3D printing a sixfoot statue of Zeus at Olympia (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world).
The museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multimedia exhibits explaining the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy; and a view of the bank’s automated vault and cash processing areas. A tour of the museum provides in-depth lessons on the role of the Federal Reserve in the U.S. economy. Learn how and why the Fed conducts monetary policy and how its actions affect your life. Hear about the Fed’s important roles in bank supervision and regulation. Get the big picture of the many ways the Fed provides payments system services to help their economy run smoothly and maintain the stability of the financial system. Then, you can take a look inside their cash-processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted, or shredded daily. You’ll also get a glimpse into the bank’s automated vault and see the robotic transports that do the heavy lifting.
Paulding County Museum & Historical Society
The building that houses the Paulding County History Museum was originally the first schoolhouse in Dallas. The state chartered the Dallas Male and Female Academy in 1860. In the 1890’s the building became a residence and was later acquired by the First United Methodist Church of Dallas. Recognizing the historical significance of the building the Methodist Church donated it to the Paulding County Historical Society in 1995. On January 19, 1997, the school was moved to its current location. There it was restored to its near original condition and dedicated as the Paulding County History Museum in 1999.
Paradise Garden Foundation
Howard Finster started building the Garden as a roadside park in the 1960s. He often solicited friends, neighbors, children and later his grandchildren to help with the construction. In 1999, prior to Howard’s death in 2001, his daughter Beverly purchased the Garden and later incorporated the non profit Paradise Gardens Park & Museum, Inc. In 2011 the non profit Paradise Gardens Park & Museum, Inc. sold the Garden to Chattooga County. Chattooga County leased the property to the Chattooga County Development Authority who then leased the property to Paradise Garden Foundation, Inc. Chattooga County obtained a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission in 2012 to purchase the property. Much appreciation is given to James Thompson, Earl Gold, Tom Hunter, Leamon Scott for their unwavering belief in this project.
Pine Mountain Gold Museum
Proudly the home of one of the first Gold Rushes in America, as you stroll the three miles of nature paths, you will enjoy 33 exhibits pertaining to the gold rush. With their PMGM APP you can enjoy all 33 exhibits with audio and video right through your media device. You can also enjoy panning for gold and gem stones, ride on their famous Pine Mountain Scenic Railroad, where you will enjoy viewing beautiful nature and historical areas, their barn yard full of animals including two new hairless sheep. You will also enjoy shopping for souvenirs in their gift shop.
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, their museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. Their mission is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking. Located in the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech, the museum’s exhibits feature renowned paper historian Dard Hunter’s historic collection, tools from the early industrialization of papermaking, environmental issues related to papermaking, and changing gallery spaces.
Rome Area History Museum
Explore stories of bravery and honor. From their Victorian parlor to a Civil War hospital, to Civil Rights, you will get a feel for their past.It is the mission of the Rome Area History Museum to collect, preserve, and share the history of Rome and Floyd County for the enlightenment and enjoyment of all.
Rose Lawn Museum
Rose Lawn Museum, a grand Victorian house museum, is the crown jewel of Cartersville’s historic district. Rose Lawn began as a two story farm cottage in 1860. In 1885, it became the home of Sam and Laura Jones. Compared to Billy Graham, Sam Jones was one of the most famous American evangelists that ever lived.In 1895, the Jones family had the original dwelling raised off the ground, and built another floor under it. All three floors are open for tours. The Rose Lawn grounds cover 3.5 acres, featuring a one-room school house, a brick smokehouse, gardens, and an impressive carriage house.
Built in 1845 by one of Roswell’s founders, the Archibald Smith Plantation Home, with original window glass, heart pine flooring, and walnut doors, contains family furnishings and artifacts, interpreting three generations of the family who lived on the site for 150 years. Original outbuildings include a barn, corncrib, carriage house, well, spring house, and outdoor kitchen. The site’s preserved buildings and grounds represent one of the best examples of architectural, cultural and historical interpretation found in the Metropolitan Atlanta region. Listed as a “Gem” attraction by AAA. The mission of the Smith Plantation is to conserve and communicate the multi-generational history of the site and its residents through the preservation, interpretation and promotion of the property and collections.
Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum
Sitting in a renovated old cotton warehouse, the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum is dedicated to the preservation of quilting and local textile heritage. Programs and galleries of the museum will provide education and embrace the ever evolving craft of quilting. The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum is the only museum in the south that is dedicated to textile arts, production, and the artistry of quilting. They aim to collect, preserve, promote and interpret the heritage of the southeast by using the rich history of its textile past. The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum offers a wide array of classes from children’s camp to advanced quilters classes. Their exhibits change every three months so there is always something new happening!
Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
Located in the heart of historic downtown Kennesaw, the Southern Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum in your neighborhood! Their galleries tell the story of the role of railroads in the South, both during and after the Civil War. Their collection includes the Glover Machine Works exhibit featuring the only fully-restored, belt-driven locomotive factory exhibit in the country. The highlight of the Museum is the General locomotive, the Civil War-era steam locomotive stolen by a group of Union spies during Andrews Raid in 1862. Come to the other side of the tracks to learn about Southern locomotive history!
Have you ever wondered where Margaret Mitchell got her ideas for Gone with the Wind? Come to Stately Oaks and find out! Their plantation house, located just 15 miles south of Atlanta, will take you back to the days of Scarlett, Rhett, and the time of the War Between the States. They have costumed interpreters and CD tours that will guide you on a personal tour of their white columned residence and share with you the history of the house, the ties with the famous book and its author, and Jonesboro’s role in the Atlanta campaign during the Civil War. After the tour of the 1839 home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Place, and period outbuildings, take a moment to enjoy relaxation under the beautiful oak trees.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
The museum at park allows visitors a snapshot of the main features of the park. For park-goers interested in the natural environment, displays feature animals found in the area. For those interested in history, artifacts tell the story of Sweetwater, from petroglyphs left by native inhabitants to the remains of the New Manchester textile mill, one of the main attractions of the park. Established in 1849 by James Rogers and his business partner, former governor Charles McDonald, the mill was known as Sweetwater Manufacturing Company until it was sold in 1857 to the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, following the outbreak of war in 1861. They produced cotton goods for the Confederate Army until it was destroyed by Sherman’s forces during the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. The story of the mill workers’ forced relocation is a key feature of the visitor’s center and museum.
Tellus Science Museum
Tellus Science Museum is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located just off I-75 at exit 293. As the only science museum in Georgia recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Museum’s exhibits, programs, and events open minds and ignite a passion for science. In the Weinman Mineral Gallery, you have the chance to see rocks and minerals from all over the world, including some that glow. You can stand under a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Fossil Gallery and then check out a full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ first aircraft in the Millar Science in Motion Gallery. Kids (and adults) can interact and learn in the ‘My Big Backyard’ and pan for gems and dig up fossils to take home.
Waffle House Museum
The Waffle House® Museum is the site of the very first Waffle House® restaurant. It opened back in 1955 after two neighbors, Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner, decided Avondale Estates needed a 24-hour restaurant. Today, the chain they started has over 1800 restaurants in 25 states. The restaurant has been restored to feel as though you are stepping back into 1955. In addition to the restaurant, the museum features Waffle House memorabilia from the past 60 years.
West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa
The museum was started in 1990, when a group of citizens met to form an organization that would preserve both the history, and natural history of the West Georgia Area. From a 5,000 square foot building, the museum moved into new quarters in 2000, which now encompasses a 15,000 square foot facility. The museum showcases our local history by having a series of mock stores that represent businesses that used to exist in the area: an old shoe shop, dentist office, barber shop, log cabin, general store, and other that tell a story of the rich heritage of the area. Antique cars, a horse and buggy, and a mail wagon also add to the historical aspect of the museum. Haralson County has a varied array of flora and fauna. A 30-foot diorama features wildlife of the region. Along with a large display of dinosaurs, including a 30- foot T-Rex that thrills youngsters for miles around.
William Root House Museum & Garden
Visit one of the oldest surviving houses in Marietta, and get a glimpse of life for a middle class Georgia family in 1850. This simple frame house is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions people typically imagine when they think of the Old South. The Root House was built circa 1845 by Hannah and William Root, early settlers of Marietta. Mr. Root was one of Marietta’s earliest merchants and its first druggist. The house has been restored to its c. 1845 appearance through architectural analysis. Furnished with period furniture in the fashion of the 1850s, each room shows evidence of middle class life. Outside, visitors can see the recreated kitchen and working 1850s cookstove, and can walk among the flower beds and vegetable plots planted with plants that were available in Cobb County before 1860.