Most of the events will be free, and a number of sites that aren’t normally open to the public, such as Hyde Farm in east Cobb, will be open.
“I think the most exciting thing is that it’s countywide, and we did it by weekends. So instead of doing everything one weekend, we split it up between three different weekends in May,” said Nancy Gadberry, executive director of Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. “The weather’s nice, the county looks beautiful and people have an opportunity to explore.”
Mariettans may be more familiar with their city’s sites, but not those in other parts of the county, so there will be something for everyone to learn more about, she said.
Over the last 30 to 40 years, the preservation movement grew out of particular causes, whether it was one small group trying to save a bridge or another a park.
“So what happens over time is you have in any community, whether that’s a city or county, you have all of these preservation groups, and they’re all usually very small and centered on a central issue,” Gadberry said. “What we had talked about is in Cobb County we looked at how many different preservation groups there were, but there was no forum for this group to get together to talk about issues that we would have in common.”
Along with Mandy Elliott, the county’s historic preservation planner, Gadberry went about contacting all the local preservation groups she could find in the county, forming an umbrella organization last December called the Cobb Coalition for Historic Preservation.
May’s month long celebration of historic sites marks the group’s first project.
“I’m excited because there are so many resources,” said Abbie Parks of Acworth, who chairs the county’s Historic Preservation Commission. “Our society is very transient. There are lots of non-Cobb Countians, and we can share this very rich and diverse history with them.”
Parks explained why residents should care about these sites.
“It is important because we don’t have a sense of place and our history ties us to the community and allows us to have a depth that you wouldn’t ordinarily have,” Parks said. “What I like to compare it to is that a tree or is that an oak or is it a pecan? Is it a red bird or is it a cardinal? So it just gives you another level of commitment and involvement where you live in your community.”
The event kicks off with a reception at the historic Anderson House just off Marietta Square from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 2.