The B.H. Carrie House, on Big Shanty Road, near the city’s Depot on Cherokee Street, will open its doors for a Christmas Heritage celebration. The house, built in 1890, has been a part of the city’s downtown since 1956.
The furniture, decorations and costumes of the volunteers who will be working, will take visitors on a trip back to the early 1900s, said Doug Taylor, the parks and recreation director for the city.
A live quintet will sing Christmas songs, and free refreshments will be available for visitors, as will tours of the home, Taylor said.
The Recreation and Culture Commission, made up of Kennesaw residents, has been planning this event for months, and it will be the first Christmas event ever held at the home, Taylor said.
The house was built in 1890 for Benjamin H. Carrie, a local merchant who owned a store on Kennesaw’s Main Street, and was also part owner of a cotton gin, according to the city. The house was eventually owned by the McMichen family until the city bought it in 1987, and is believed to have its original windows still intact.
At noon Saturday, the city’s annual Christmas parade will kick off from Adams Park, and 64 groups from around the city will troop through downtown Kennesaw along Main Street. Led by Kennesaw State University President Dan Papp, the parade will feature the marching bands from Kennesaw Mountain High School and North Cobb High School. Local scout and church groups will march with their floats as well, Taylor said.
The approximately 1.5 mile route will end the parade at the Depot on Cherokee Street, where Santa will be waiting.
Families can visit with Santa and have their pictures taken free of charge, and local food vendors will have food for sale along the street.
A snow machine will blow snow in an area near the Depot, and children will have the opportunity to slide down a snow-filled ledge together, play with snow tubing and with other inflatable toys throughout the afternoon.
After a presentation by children’s choirs and school choirs of Christmas carols at 5 p.m. Saturday, the city’s 40-foot Christmas tree, decorated by city employees, will be lit.
Tradition for the city
The Christmas parade and festivities have been going on for at least the past 20 years, Taylor estimated, and have become traditions for many of the city’s families.
For more information on either of the events, visit the city website at www.kennesaw-ga.gov.