A trip through history
by Jon Gillooly
April 27, 2013 12:23 AM | 2649 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several historical groups in Cobb are working together to offer various events throughout May at the county's various historical sites for Historic Preservation Month. Groups include, front row, from left: Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Executive Director Nancy Gadberry; Cobb County Historic Preservation Planner Mandy Elliott; Vinings Historic Preservation Society Executive Director Gillian Greer; Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission Chair Abbie Parks; back row: Kennesaw State University The Civil War Center Assistant Director and lecturer Michael Shaffer; Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Co-chair Stewart Campbell; Marietta Historical Preservation Commission member Alan Levine; Marietta Historical Preservation Commission Chair David Freedman and Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Preservation Commission Chair Chris Brown. The group is standing outside of the Historic Anderson Mansion built in 1900 on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. <br>Staff/Laura Moon
Several historical groups in Cobb are working together to offer various events throughout May at the county's various historical sites for Historic Preservation Month. Groups include, front row, from left: Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Executive Director Nancy Gadberry; Cobb County Historic Preservation Planner Mandy Elliott; Vinings Historic Preservation Society Executive Director Gillian Greer; Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission Chair Abbie Parks; back row: Kennesaw State University The Civil War Center Assistant Director and lecturer Michael Shaffer; Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Co-chair Stewart Campbell; Marietta Historical Preservation Commission member Alan Levine; Marietta Historical Preservation Commission Chair David Freedman and Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Preservation Commission Chair Chris Brown. The group is standing outside of the Historic Anderson Mansion built in 1900 on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta.
Staff/Laura Moon
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Photographs of the Anderson family line the fireplace inside the historic mansion. <br>Staff/Laura Moon
Photographs of the Anderson family line the fireplace inside the historic mansion.
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MARIETTA – Fourteen local preservation groups from Acworth to Vinings have united to play host to a month of sightseeing events for May, which is National Historic Preservation Month.

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.
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Cobb Landmarks
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April 27, 2013
For details on all the activities, please visit www.cobblandmarks.com

MEDN3S
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April 27, 2013
Hyde Farm will be open? I might be interested in seeing the Most Expensive Donkey in three states!
Hyde Farm Supporter
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April 30, 2013
Hyde Farm is a wonderful treasure for Cobb County and a great preservation story. 137 acres, preserved from development, and an incredible teaching/family recreation site in the making. While the development of the passive recreation site and the rehabilitation of the farm buildings has not moved as fast as anyone who have preferred, many people have worked tirelessly to move this project forward so that it will be available for generations to come.
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