Museum of History’s new exhibit spotlights local furniture of the 1880s to the 1930s
by Sally Litchfield
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Marietta Museum of History registrar Christa McCay adjusts the position of a 1925 chair used in the Kennesaw House hotel as part of the ‘Sittin Pretty: Chairs, Sofas and Settees, Oh My!’ exhibit. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta Museum of History registrar Christa McCay adjusts the position of a 1925 chair used in the Kennesaw House hotel as part of the ‘Sittin Pretty: Chairs, Sofas and Settees, Oh My!’ exhibit.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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A portrait of Robert M. Goodman (1820-1906), one of the earliest residents of Marietta,  who became editor of the local newspaper, the Cherokee Advocate in 1847. In 1866, Goodman started the Marietta Journal.
A portrait of Robert M. Goodman (1820-1906), one of the earliest residents of Marietta, who became editor of the local newspaper, the Cherokee Advocate in 1847. In 1866, Goodman started the Marietta Journal.
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An 1859 Brumby Rocking Chair sits at the Marietta Museum of History.
An 1859 Brumby Rocking Chair sits at the Marietta Museum of History.
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Don’t sit around this weekend. Go to the Marietta Museum of History and check out their newest exhibit. “Sittin’ Pretty: Chairs, Sofas and Settees, Oh My!” runs through May 10.

“We are showcasing lots of local furniture including two Brumby rockers as well as portraits of Marietta residents from the 1880s to the 1930s,” said Christa McCay, who has worked at museum for 10 years. She serves as registrar of the museum.

The exhibit features the craftsmanship and elegance of chairs, sofas and settees from around Cobb County along with two portraits painted by nationally renowned early 20th century American artist, Charles Frederick Naegele, whose works can also be found in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Georgia Museum of Art.

Local portraits such as one of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodman are also on display. Goodman founded the Cobb County Times and Marietta Daily Journal in 1868, said Will Goodman, the great, great grandson of Robert Goodman. Will and his wife Michelle own historic Oakton on Kennesaw Avenue.

“We had a great collection of furniture that has not been put out on display all at once. We might have put out one or two pieces at a time. We decided that this was a perfect opportunity to showcase a lot of our furniture and portraits to allow people to see what they wouldn’t normally get to see because it’s put away into storage,” said McCay, wife of Neil McCay. She is a 2000 Lassiter High School graduate and he is a 1996 graduate of Sprayberry High School.

“It gives everyone a great opportunity to see the great manufacturing industries that we used to have here in Marietta with the Brumby Chair and Marietta Chair Company but also to see how furniture such as a sofa would have looked like 150 years ago compared to what we’re used to today,” McCay said.

The museum is at 1 Depot St., Ste. 200, Marietta.

This exhibit is included with the price of a regular museum admission. Adults get in for $7, students and seniors (55 and older) are $5 and children younger than 5 and museum members are free. The museum is open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To find out more, call (770) 794-5710 or visit www.MariettaHistory.org.

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