Ghosts of Marietta Review: Haunted Walking Tour of Marietta, Georgia

Go on a ghost tour of Historic Downtown Marietta, Georgia and learn about the most haunted buildings on the Square. The Ghosts of Marietta walking tour is one of metro-Atlanta’s most popular Halloween activities. Check out my review of the Ghosts of Marietta haunted walking tour here.

For our yearly Halloween tradition, a couple girlfriends and I set out on a ghouls’ night out ghost tour. We’ve previously done the Roswell Ghost Tour and the Decatur Ghost Tour .

This time, we decided to head to the most haunted spot in metro-Atlanta: Marietta. There are plenty of spooks on the Ghosts of Marietta walking tour !

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Ghosts of Marietta Walking Tour Review: About the Tour

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy this ghost tour because it’s offered on weekend nights year-round! But it’s definitely a popular activity during October.

Ghosts of Marietta tours are led by fun guides who are local to the area and love sharing the town’s ghost stories with you. The stories are based on a mix of documented sightings, firsthand experiences, and history.

We chose the Haunted Walking Tour, which focuses on Marietta Square and all its haunted shops and restaurants. But the company also offers a pub crawl and a bus tour.

There are no gimmicks on this tour or actors to jump out and scare you. If you think you see something abnormal, it’s not part of the show, you might actually be seeing a ghost!

The ambiance on this tour isn’t particularly spooky. You’re in a crowded nightlife center, and the music pumping from the bars kind of kills the spooky vibe. You can get much more of a secluded, haunted feel from other ghost tours. But you will still get some great stories and a lot of history on this tour.

If you catch a photo of something interesting, you can show it to your guide because they definitely want to see it, and be sure to email it to them later so they can show future tour groups.

Marietta’s Ghosts and Haunted Sights

From what I can tell, the route is the same no matter what day you take the tour, so I don’t want to spoil all the stories for you. But these are a few of the interesting haunted sites we visited.

William Root House Museum & Garden

This 19th century home belonged to William Root, Marietta’s first druggist and a merchant. As one of the oldest and most well-preserved homes in Marietta, there is bound to be some paranormal activity.

Much of it is concentrated in the bedroom. People claim to have seen the spirit of Mrs. Root peering from the bedroom window. The antique bed will appear to have been slept in when the museum opens in the morning.

An interesting thing the museum does during the month of October is decorate the home as it would have been during a mourning period. Mrs. Root’s father passed away on October 11, 1856, and the home is displayed as it would have been following his death.

Kennesaw House

The Kennesaw House, now the home of the Marietta Museum of History, is one of the most haunted spots in Atlanta .

It was first constructed as a cotton warehouse in 1845, later remodeled into a hotel, and then served as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War.

The museum is haunted by unexplained noises, the elevator moving on its own, and even a specter of a woman caught on the security camera. A child has reported see the figure of a lady in a pink dress identified as the wife of the hotel owner.

Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub

Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub is the oldest firehouse in Cobb County, chartered in 1885. Eventually the firehouse moved and this building became a bank, and now an Irish pub .

Some souls still remain, including an apparition of a man with muttonchops who is believed to be the spirit of a fireman. This man might also be the reason drunk people may stumble up to the door, stop dead in their tracks, and then turn and leave for no reason; the pub believes it may have a ghostly bouncer keeping out trouble.

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art

The building that now houses the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art was originally built as a post office. And now the building is said to be haunted by the postmaster’s mistress.

This post-mistress, Katherine, has been seen looking out the front doors and messing with the elevator.

Marietta Square

The tour ends in Glover Park in the middle of Marietta Square because there are just so many haunted spots all around the Square. Nearly every building on the Square has a ghost story attached to it, including The Strand Theatre, Mac’s Chop House, and one of the antique shops which had some trouble selling an apparently haunted ironing board.

The reason for the concentrated ghostly activity is theorized that during the Civil War, when many nearby buildings were used as hospitals and morgues, the area that is Glover Park became a burial ground; the closest cemetery was filling up and there were too many bodies to transport further away, so they buried them where they could.

Important Ghosts of Marietta Tour Info

Walking tours cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and $17 for seniors 65+ and students.

Tours are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights year-round. You do have to book in advance online.

The tour begins at the Root House Museum and end in the middle of Marietta Square. You can park around the square, and there are both paid and free parking lots around the Marietta Square Market .

The tour is rain or shine, but if there is bad weather they will issue you a rain check for another tour.

You can expect your tour to last 1.5 hours. You’re only covering the area in and around Marietta Square, so it’s not a strenuous walk.

We definitely had a great time on the Ghosts of Marietta walking tour! We’re even going to look into their other tours, like their pub crawl and bus tour, for future ghouls nights out!

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Top Atlanta Ghost Tours

The best way to see even more of Atlanta’s haunted spots is to take a ghost tour! Check out these top-rated Atlanta ghost tours for a scary good time:

  • Atlanta Ghosts: Haunted Dark History Walking Tour — This 60 minute walking tour takes you to the haunted sights in Midtown Atlanta.
  • Fox Theatre Ghost Tour — Each October, you’ll get the chance to explore the darkened Fox Theatre after hours and hear from the ghosts themselves on this theatrical ghost tour.
  • Roswell Ghost Tour   — Take this tour led by a paranormal investigator as you explore this haunted Atlanta city.

Where to Stay in Marietta, Georgia

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  • Top Hotel: Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
  • Great Value: Drury Inn & Suites Marietta
  • Unique Stay: “The Georgia Dome” House

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This would be a perfect tour for halloween! I’m a big baby with ghosts and spooky things but in a group, I’m sure I can do it!

It’s always a good idea to have the buffer of a big group of people to scare away any of the ghosts! lol

This seems like a really fun tour! I’ve never been on a haunted walking tour, but they seem like really great Halloween activities.

I absolutely love ghost tours, for Halloween or any other time of the year!

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I was so excited to go on this tour the night before Halloween unfortunately it was just ok. Disappointed is more like it. Not just how I felt I was with 10 people we all felt let down. Guide gave out bits and pieces of information both about some ghost stuff and Marietta Square history. I did learn something's but scary stuff naw never happened. She didn't have stories just some facts. It was ho hum. Don't spend $20 on this. Not worth it. I'd never do it again.

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Contacted them twice to ask a question. No reply at all. That kind of customer service does not speak well.

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The evening was actually Friday the 13th. It seemed like an ordinary enough night, near full moon and black cats everywhere. But that's only what we thought. The location where the tour starts is pretty much right in the beautiful Marietta Square. Michelle, our guide and now our friend led us in an adventure through the rich history of this wonderful southern town. As the civil war ravaged through the south and the sword if the north slicing right through Marietta as Sherman's armies marched to the sea, shtories (Rick) abound of love, loss and death. Michelle shares these stories with passion and knowledge while giving the tour goer a peer into the supernatural elements left behind by tourmented (haha) souls. Hospitals patients, building explosion subjects, murder victims and unexplained apparitions fed by restaurants all call this part of town home. A fun night out for sure. Keep an open mind and adventurous soul. Go have fun!!!

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It's a good historical FYI and walk around Historic Marietta Square. However, note that you DO NOT go into any building. There are no ghosts or paranormal experiences. They basically just walk you around and talk about historical buildings and those who died in the buildings or areas.

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Oct 15, 2019

Hi Sean! Thanks for coming on our tour! We don’t promise any ghosts or paranormal experiences on the tour- we can’t make the ghosts come out at will! Our walking tour does not go into any buildings nor advertises that we do. However, our pub crawl does go into at least 3 different locations on the tour and our Ghosts and Grieving tour in October goes inside the Root House Museum. Again, thanks for coming!

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This was a great family outing. Our tour guide was wonderful and the stories were very cool and spooky. The rain did not ruin the evening.

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Tis the season of Samhain and Halloween and things that go bump in the night. And man do we like a good scare. Not the haunted house, jump out of the shadows deal. The scary stories of days gone by with spirits that still haunt the earth type deal... My wife and I had done the Marietta tour before and decided to go back because our 11 year old and his friend were begging to go. So off we went. Well, compared to our last visit, it was a complete dud. Just awful. Firstly, this being the season, there were 30 people on this tour. Or put another way if I don't have the head-count right, too DAMN many to squeeze into the talk spots on the sidewalk, etc. We were completely strung out. Secondly, the tour guide was not miked. I didn't hear 90% of what she said due in large part to the fact that she rarely waited for the group to gather before starting her tales, spoke at normal conversational level AND there is a lot of ambient noise in Marietta. Cars going by, bands playing, etc.. For goodness sakes, stop being so chintzy and split the tours into smaller groups and run them on the half hour. Mike your guides. Do something so we can hear what we've paid to hear. BUT, I'll tell ya why this is a 2 star rating rather than a 0 or 1 star. If you have an 11 year old who can hang on the guide like spanish moss and HEAR their every word, GO. Right now my boy is hugging his pillow with all of the lights ON. He had a wonderful time. He rated it a "9". That is money well spent. We're going to Roswell next weekend because we caught the bug and having done that one, it's a LOT quieter. Marietta, we won't be back unless you get the issues straightened out.

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Jan 29, 2013

Jeff, We are extremely sorry to hear about the experience you had on our tour. We strive to keep everyone happy and deliver a good product, and hold ourselves responsible when someone has a bad time on one of our tours. We do not like to offer excuses, but this past October was a madhouse for us - we were reeling from the many bookings we got. We usually have a cutoff of 20 people for any given tour, and only push it farther if someone with a previous booking has brought along more people than they originally expected. We will continue to impress our guides to be much more powerful in their projection - and also to make sure that everyone can hear them. We hope we have not scared you away for good - we would love for you to come out and take our tour again this year - and see if we have improved things to your liking! Tour Manager, Ian G. Huron

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We went on the walking tour and our tour guide showed us different buildings but not that many facts of the them. She would ask for us to guess what the building used to be and would take on average of 10 to 20 guesses from us. Most of them children so the guesses were abstract! I assume she did this to stretch out the time? After the guessing game it would be a 50/50 chance she would have information about the building. At one point we looked at underground tunnel entrances that she had no clue as to what they were and then a whole in the ground next to them. I would not recommend this tour, it was not scary and the tour guide was long winded and not informative!

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I took my niece to this tour while she was in town and it was the best money ever spent! All the staff had a great time with her and I'm SURE it was a memorable experience for her. I loved it because I learned a lot of things about my favorite places in the square and also things I would have never visited. Check it out! IT's a GREAT tour for pre teen girls. She's still talking about it!

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This tour is so much fun and great story's . The tour guides are awsome and in character. For a spooky good time this is the place to be.

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Outstanding Ghost Tour with fun guides...This tour is operating every night in October. Visit the Ghosts Of Marietta website for reservations

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On Friday August 7, I took the Haunted Marietta Trolly Tour. I have been on other tours in other locations so, I had an idea of what to expect. I was with friends and family and although I don't really buy into the whole "ghost" concept, I was excited to maybe learn some area history and have a few good laughs. The tour was to start at 8:00pm but, we did not board the trolly until 8:15 as some of the others had called and said they were stuck in traffic. So the tour guides decided to wait for them. I really didn't mind the wait but, when the party of people arrived, they had stated that they were late because they had stopped to buy food for the ride. At this point, I'm annoyed as one of the people open a bag of sliced pepperoni and proceeds to pass it to others in his party. In a matter of seconds the trolly smelled of pepperoni. It was sickening. As the trolly started into the tour, it became quickly apparent that our guide was very disorganized and could not stay on topic for more than a minute at a time and then would go so off topic that most of the time you couldn't follow what was being discussed.Our guide could not seem to remember the details of the stories that she tried to tell and would have to rely on the trolly driver to intervene. The trolly did stop at several places that peaked our interest, but, the guide would run so off topic that you would quickly lose interest. Meanwhile, due to the limited parking, we had someone arrive at the tour office to pick us up. The trolly was thirty minutes late due to our late departure and our guide being so off topic. Our pick up person waited on us outside of the tour office and overheard a conversation by what appears to be the owner/boss and another employee. The jest of it was that the "boss" was "sick and tired of this particular guide always being late." "All she has to do (referring to the guide) is take these idiots money and ride them around for awhile and dump them off." The perfect ending to a mediocre tour. I know that this"idiot" will find something else to spend my money on when I'm looking for something different to do with friends and family.

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ScaryEtta Trolley Tour was great fun

This was the first time our family had taken any ghost tour and we were not really sure what to expect but our guide Sam promised us a "wicked good time" and that is exactly what we had. There was just enough story telling to make it spooky and the history made it interesting. We plan to return for the daylight trolly tour to see the Tranquallia house after hearing our guide's story. One of the other riders was encouraged to tell his own ghost story and it really felt like we were all on an adventure together. It was not too scary for kids and not too cheesy for adults to enjoy. We highly recommend it.

On Oct. 4, 2013 we did the Ghosts of Marietta walking tour. Dr. P was our "host". He was very knowledgeable on Marietta history and made it very pleasant. We didn't see any ghosts this time but who knows about the next time.

We went as a last minute "adventure" tonight. October the 5th, on the ScaryEtta Haunted Trolley Tour... Our guide "Mr. Smoke" was absolutely amazing. It was very fun, and educational.. He threw in quite a bit of history; which I liked; and quite a bit of entertainment into the tour. The trolley is quite comfortable, with enough sitting and walking that it makes it enjoyable. I would recommend this to any of my friends, or family.. Well worth it!

We have taken ghost tours in Savannah and this was easily as good. Our guide, Mr. Smoat was intertaining and informed, with a little humor. The tour focused mostly on the history of old Marietta Square with just enough spooky to make it interesting. We saw a lot of restaurants that we will be visiting later. Well worth the time and the walk. A very pleasant evening.

My friend and I wanted to have dinner and do something "outdoors", so we decided to take the Ghosts of Marietta tour. Our tour guide was a very interesting, flamboyant gentleman named Dr. P. The tour is not really "scary", it's more of a history lesson of Marietta, GA during the civil war. General Sherman used the buildings (that he later burned to the ground, with the exception of the churches) as hospitals, morgues, and for arms storage. There is an intricate tunnel system under the city (currently all boarded up). Because of the thousands of deaths that occurred there, there have been many stories of interactions with "spirits" by the local shopkeepers, barmaids & servers. Such things as being touched, shadow figures, and items being moved. He also had video evidence from the local History Museum (used as a hospital during the war) of apparitions. Dr. P informed us that he is also a paranormal investigator and has in fact conducted various investigations in many of the buildings we were taken to. Overall, I would recommend taking the tour, especially if you have a liking for history.

It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your tour! We welcome you to come take our ScaryEtta Trolley tour as well!

I took my niece and nephew, ages 12 and 10, on a cool, rainy Thursday evening in May (perfect for ghost stories). Our guide, Michelle, was informed and articulate and came across as an expert on local history and creepy happenings rather than an actor performing a script. She was excellent and seemed happy to tailor her remarks to the interests of our small group. There was no over-the-top gore or gimmicks. The kids were fascinated, not terrified, and I loved it. The walk itself was easy, over flat, paved terrain with plenty of stops to rest and listen, and only a few stairs. A couple who had a child in a stroller were able to navigate the tour easily. I think it would be appropriate for people of quite varying physical abilities and ages. The meeting point for the tour is only about a block off the Marietta Square where there are plenty of dining options for before or after the tour. The two children I took are quite susceptible to nightmares, but they both slept soundly that night... and in their own beds. It was just scary enough - but that may have been in part due to Michelle's sensitivity to her audience. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially locals who have guests visiting from out of town.

Thank you for your review and I couldn't be more pleased to hear that you and your children enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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October 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

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Join one of our talented tour guides on an approximate 90 minute trolley ride around Historic Marietta, Ga. You will learn about our city’s past and the things that still haunt our locations today. This tour visits the Historic Marietta Square as well as the City Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery, and National Cemetery, We will pass by several historic Marietta homes and tell their stories as well. There is a brief walking period of roughly 2 blocks. Flashlights are recommended, but not required.

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February 19, 2023 //  by  Southern Trippers

Looking for the best things to do in Marietta, Georgia? You’re in the right place! While Marietta has a population of over 61,000 people, it still has all of the southern charm and small-town vibes that we’ve all come to love in a Georgia town. Unique restaurants, historical sites, ghost and food tours, museums, hiking trails, and more are all waiting for visitors in Marietta. And thanks to its location, it is the perfect place to visit if you have plans to spend time in Atlanta. Marietta is only half an hour away, making it one of the best weekend getaways from Atlanta . Let’s get started and learn about what to do in Marietta!

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Marietta Square

One of the best Marietta activities is to visit Marietta Square. This historic square is home to a gorgeous fountain, green space, and the welcome center. Here you can pick up maps, get travel advice, sit in the sunshine surrounded by the manicured flower beds, and more. If you are traveling with kids, there is a train play area where little ones can enjoy some outdoor time. It is smart to make your first stop in Marietta at the square as there are a wide array of restaurants, sweet shops, bars, and activities surrounding the square. Don’t skip this beautiful part of town as it is one of the best things to do in Marietta.

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Marietta Food Tour

Don’t make your list of things to do in Marietta without including a food tour! Brian and Cecile Benefield created Marietta Food Tours in 2014 and since then, travelers have been enjoying the taste of Marietta year around. As long-time residents of Marietta, the Benefields are passionate about showing visitors the rich history, architecture, and restaurants of their beloved Marietta. Their passion is part of what makes this one of the best things to do in Marietta. You will find restaurants in Marietta that represent the south, farm-to-table practices, international specialties, and New American cuisine. Whether you are looking for your favorite comfort foods or something you have never tried before, you can find it on a Marietta food tour.

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Cobb Museum of Art

You’ll find the Cobb Museum of Art on Atlanta Street South East. One of the best activities in Marietta, the art museum is in a gorgeous Classical Revival style building that was built in 1910 to be the city post office. The museum was founded in 1990 and art has been showcased there for locals and visitors alike since then. With remarkable pieces that make you say “wow!” you won’t be bored at the Cobb Museum of Art. Finding parking for the museum can sometimes be tricky. However, you can find free and paid parking lots around the museum as well as free street parking. It’s not only the artistic talent on display at the museum that makes it one of the best things to do in Marietta. The museum is in a great location in the city. Once you leave the museum, you will be within walking distance of a brewery, restaurants, a pub, and a patisserie.

Lefler Grist Mill

If you like visiting off-the-beaten-path destinations when you travel, visiting the Lefler Grist Mill is one of the best things to do in Marietta. This historic mill is on the Life University Campus. A beautiful waterfall sits next to the mill, making for a beautiful location to take pictures, have a picnic, or simply enjoy being outside on a pretty day in Marietta. This is especially true in the fall months as the trees are beautiful colors around the mill and waterfall.

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Gone With The Wind Museum

The Gone With The Wind Museum is a unique destination in Marietta that transports you back in time as soon begin the walk up the driveway. The museum is nestled in between lush gardens and stunning Magnolia trees in historic Brumby Hall. Brumby Hall was built in 1851 and the architecture alone is something you will want to see as it showcases the style and atmosphere of old Marietta. In the museum, you will find an extensive collection of items relating to the movie and the book, even if you aren’t a big Gone With The Wind fan to enjoy the deep history that is on display at the museum. You will find the original scripts, the contracts of some of the cast members, rare press, and more. If you choose to stay at the beautiful Hilton Marietta Hotel, which is one of the best places to stay in town, you will be just a short walk from the Gone With The Wind Museum.

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William Root House Museum and Garden

History fanatics unite! The William Root House Museum and Garden is the place to be if you love learning in-depth about the history of the places that you travel to. This attraction will allow you to get a glimpse of what life was like for a merchant and his family in the 1850s. This home museum is actually the first of its kind when it comes to its self-guided tours. The home offers a self-guided touchscreen tour. When you arrive, you will immediately notice the columns out front which were popularized by Gone With The Wind. Once inside you can follow along with the interactive electronic display that will tell you the story of the Root family as well as the story of their enslaved house servants. This museum offers an inside look at what life was like in early Georgia. There’s another opportunity to grab some handcrafted goodies while you are in town as the house has a gift shop that has small-batch goods for sale. Before you leave the grounds, be sure to check out the gardens as well as they have beautiful fruit trees, decorative flowers, and other lovely landscape features. The Root House is easily one of the best things to do in Marietta. It makes a great addition to everyone’s trip itinerary!

Earl and Rachel Strand Theatre

Marietta makes for one of the most romantic getaways in Georgia . If you are looking for romantic things to do in Marietta, the Earl and Rachel Strand Theatre makes for a great date night location. The theatre was first opened in 1916 and it has been showing movies continuously since then. As one of the ten oldest theatres in America, this Georgia film center has survived through the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and the rise of movie multiplexes. Easily one of the best things to do in Marietta for adults, a trip to the theatre to see an old film after a lovely dinner in town is an ideal late-night activity in Marietta!

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Six Flags White Water

Looking for the best things to do in Marietta with kids? Not only are there amazing amusement parks in Georgia , but water parks are also plentiful. The Six Flags White Water in Marietta is a must when visiting in the summer months! Six Flags White Water has an incredible wave pool and a lazy river along with exciting waterslides that family members of all ages can enjoy. With exciting thrill rides like the tallest slide in the park, the Dive Bomber, and the fast-paced Python Plunge, thrill seekers will be over the moon at Six Flags White Water! For those traveling with young kids, there are water slides that the whole family can go on together, the Lily Pad Crossing where little ones can test their balance, and play structures to explore.

The Big Chicken

The Big Chicken is one of the most unique attractions in Marietta. Frequently featured as one of the best restaurants in Marietta , this is something that you won’t want to miss! When it comes to the best things to do in Marietta, you may not be thinking about a Kentucky Fried Chicken, but check this out. Visiting fun places to eat is one of the  best things to do in Georgia  and the Big Chicken is definitely one for the memory books! A Kentucky Fried Chicken built as, you guessed it… a big chicken is a landmark in this Georgia town. This elevated KFC has been carefully designed and even sells souvenirs, making it one of the best restaurants in Marietta. You can enjoy the world-famous chicken that we all know so well inside a building designed like a large red chicken. Taking pictures here and making memories is a fun story to tell when you get back home from your travels in Marietta. Your loved ones will love hearing the story about how you ate inside a large red chicken in Georgia!

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Ghosts of Marietta Tour

It’s time to get spooked! If you are looking for the best things to do in Marietta at night, try out the Ghosts of Marietta Tour. Exploring haunted places in Georgia is the perfect activity for travelers on a city getaway and Marietta has you covered with their spooky tours! Ghosts of Marietta offers tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays all year round. One of the most popular of the offerings is the Haunted Walking Tour which takes you around town by lantern light. You will hear stories of the ghosts that still patronize the shops around Marietta Square, learn about the most haunted buildings in town, and dive into the grim details of who the ghosts were before they died while on the tour.

Hike The Kennesaw Mountain Summit Trail

Kennesaw Mountain is a beautiful mountain that sits between the towns of Marietta and Kennesaw. Part of the Appalachian Mountain range, Kennesaw Mountain has a summit of 1,808 feet. This is the highest point around the Atlanta metro area! For all the adventure-loving travelers, this is a must on your list of fun things to do in Marietta! The Summit Trail is a strenuous hike that is around two and a half miles round trip. This stunning hike will take you to the top of the mountain where the rocky peak gives you views that are well worth the effort to reach the top. Expansive views of the Atlanta skyline along with Stone Mountain are visible at the summit! If you like to chase stunning views on your travels, the Kennesaw Mountain Summit Trail is one of the best things to do near Marietta!

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Marietta History Center

There’s no better place to learn about the area than at the history center! Easily one of the best things to do in Marietta, the history center is in a beautiful three-story historic building in the downtown area, just west of the town square. The history center sets out to ignite curiosity about the town’s history and they accomplish this by telling compelling stories and showcasing artifacts from the town’s past. The building itself is quite a treat to see as it was built as a warehouse in the 1840s and it is one of the oldest buildings in town. As you make your way through the galleries you will learn about Native Americans who inhabited the area, the military, electricity, influential families, and more as it pertains to the town.

Browse The Farmers Market

Among the best places to visit in Marietta is the farmer’s market! It is held in the town square each week and offers a great way for visitors to try local foods, support local businesses, and it serves as a unique souvenir shop if you want to bring home some local goodies to friends or family as well. The vendor list is massive so you can find a little bit of everything in the market. There are homegrown vegetables and organic chicken eggs, Georgia-grown peaches, berries, and apples, and other more unique things for sale. You can find fresh baked gluten-free desserts, Caribbean seasoning and handcrafted drink mixes, wild Georgia shrimp, trees and shrubs, BBQ glazes, jellies and jams, healthy dog treats, and even a knife sharpening and exchange station. The variety makes this one of the best things to do in Marietta!

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Hike to Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins

Mostly interested in the free things to do in Marietta? No problem! Checking out the Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins is one of the best things to do in Marietta and it is totally free! The ruins stand as a reminder of the not-too-distant past when the paper mill was an important part of the town. The mill included an oil room, a dam, a store room, and more. Today, you can hike to the ruins and see what remains of the old buildings. The hike to reach the ruins starts at the Sope Creek Trailhead. The trail is rated as easy to moderate in difficulty and is roughly one and a half miles round trip. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see a piece of the town’s history and the natural beauty on display on the way there!

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Marietta is one of the best places to visit in Georgia with its history, exciting tours, mouthwatering food, fun attractions, and natural beauty. From the beautiful homes and buildings that showcase a time past to the historical sites that you can explore, a trip to this dreamy southern town is a must on your southern bucket list! Whether you are sliding into a pool during the summer months, hiking to see amazing views, or taking a tour of the restaurants in town, you are sure to have an amazing time while exploring this little town on the outskirts of Atlanta. So, tell us, which of these best things to do in Marietta will you do first?

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Top Ghost Tours in Georgia

Haunted walks & ghostly things to do in ga.

The great state of Georgia is home to plenty of ghostly fun things to do including nightly ghost tours and ghost walks through historical cemeteries.

Tired of the regular boring walking tours of historical towns? Then consider a ghost tour in one of Georgia’s famously spooky cities. Most of these companies offer different packages from slightly scary to nail-biting fun.

Sixth Sense Tours in Savannah, Georgia

Patrons can choose from a variety of tours including the original Sixth Sense Savannah tour, which consists of insight into things such as poltergeists, root doctors, and orbs. The company prides itself on giving tours that are unique as opposed to run of the mill ghost walks. The truly adventurous ghost hunter can sign up for the Haunted Oatland Island ghost hunt. Guests are provided paranormal investigating tools including EMF meters and dowsing rods. With the help of guides, visitors roam through a 100-year-old building that is by itself on an island seeking out paranormal activity.

Ghost Walk on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Storyteller Jenny Strauss takes guests by candlelight from the pier on the island on the Ghost Walk that covers local haunts and spirits. One of the more famous packages this company has is a late-night visit to the St. Simons lighthouse . This lighthouse is supposedly the third most haunted lighthouse in the United States. Guests have noted hearing voices, smelling pipe smoke, and seeing unexplained phenomena.

Darkside Tours/Ghost Tours of Atlanta, Georgia

This intriguing ghost tour focuses on the tragic history of some of Atlanta’s lost spirits including murder victims and soldiers. Experience a southern city and also see some of the area’s most notorious places. Guides take visitors to a building where there was a deadly hotel fire and provide insight into forgotten spirits that may still roam the location.

Ghosts of Marietta Tour in Marietta, Georgia

The ghost tour takes guests with lanterns down the streets of Marietta to see if they can find any ghostly activity. The company has several tours to choose from including a trolley ride and spirits tour. The spirits tour includes wine, a walk around the city square, and Marietta Wine Market.

As with any planned event, call in advance to make sure the tour is still taking place. Most of these tours will go on rain or shine. It is also important to get to the meeting point a few minutes before the event starts so as not to make the entire group wait if you are late.

Remember to check the age restrictions because some of these tours are not for kids. Since some of these tours do not start until late at night, it may be a good idea to book a local hotel or inn before the tour starts.

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The Creepy Halloween Legend of Mary Meinert’s Grave

Those that have gotten close enough say the statue weeps tears of blood.

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While the most famous grave at St. James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia belongs to slain beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey , the eeriest plot belongs to a woman named Mary Meinert. It’s marked by a large marble statue of a woman cradling two infants in her arms.

Thanks to her unique memorial, Mary has become a celebrity at St. James Episcopal. Those brave enough to venture through the graveyard at night claim to hear the sound of a woman weeping near Mary’s memorial. Those that have gotten close enough say the statue weeps tears of blood. Others have heard the sound of a young child calling out, “Mommy!” Spookier still, it’s said that the two babies in Mary’s arms switch positions.

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Local legend states that if you approach Mary’s statue on Halloween night and circle her memorial three times, asking “Mary, Mary, how did your children die?” her ghost will appear.

A local group of ghost hunters had not one but two camera batteries completely lose power as they approached the statue on a research trip in 2005. Furthermore, all claimed to hear footsteps behind them, though they appeared to be the only ones in the cemetery.

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Ghosts of Marietta , a Marietta ghost tour group, offers a trolley tour that includes a trip through St. James Episcopal Cemetery. The tour, known as the Scary-etta Ghost Tour , provides guests with an expanded version of the Meinert grave legend. According to representative Betsy Throop, Mary’s marble statue is said to weep tears so real that they roll down the statue’s face and dampen the bodice. Said tears are seemingly shed for the infant twins cradled in Mary’s arms. The legend states that if you run around the statue 13 times and say “Oh Mary, Oh Mary, what happened to your babies?” then she will begin to cry.

Betsy is quick to discourage visitors from an after-hours visit to St. James. For starters, trespassers may be arrested. More importantly, as Betsy warns, “It’s NEVER think it is a good idea to taunt the spirits!”

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Otherworldly retributions aside, the spell of the Mary Meinert grave endures, as does the allure of its alleged Halloween hex. Many have wondered how Mary came to rest at St. James, and if, perhaps, the presence of the infants in the statue indicate that she died in childbirth. Some believe she died, with her babies, in a fire.

The truth is, Mary (her real name was Marion) Meinert died of a lung ailment, most likely tuberculosis, in 1898.

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According to findagrave.com , her obituary appeared in the Marietta Journal on May 26, 1898:

“ She was one of the most patient, lovable women in Marietta. She had a heart that sympathized with suffering humanity and one who did more charitable work in visiting the poor and sick ministering unto their need that did Mrs. Meinert. She was a truly a disciple of Christ and went about doing good. ”

The explanation for her arresting memorial is revealed in her obituary as well.

“ She was in her 34th year of her age at the time of her death. She leaves behind her husband and six children, of that number were twin girls four weeks old. ”

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It’s clear that Mary was a beloved mother and member of her community—so much so that her headstone was erected to include her twin girls, who entered the world just as Mary left it.

As for the stories about Mary’s ghost: you’ll have to visit her famous grave on Halloween night to find out the truth for yourself.

Special thanks to Betsy Throop of Ghosts of Marietta and the Historic Marietta Trolley Co. who helped with this piece. Join Ghosts of Marietta in Georgia on one of their many ghost tours , which are offered year-round!

[via: Georgia State Signal ; Curbed Atlanta ; Creative Loaf ; Historic Marietta / Ghosts of Marietta ;   Haunted Marietta by Rhetta Akamatsu]

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