Nov 8

Commemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

burningCommemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War  with a real-life experience of devastating Burning of the Historic Square  Saturday, November 8.

The City of Marietta will continue its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battles of Marietta throughout the rest of the year, culminating with a real-life experience of General Sherman’s devastating Burning of the Historic Square and the City’s triumphant rebirth on Saturday, November 8.

Marietta effectively surrendered when Confederate General Joseph Johnston was forced to abandon the town on July 2, 1864. Even though the Union Army and federal troops had been occupying Marietta since July, Southern citizens who had remained saw no real activity until early November when trains began running at all hours of the day and night carrying wounded Union troops and various supplies. The trains’ only destination was North, and fast. The reason for the urgency was simple and harsh – once the last train had gone north, the railroad and City would be burned and destroyed by General Sherman.

In the days and weeks that followed, history would record the destruction of Downtown Marietta as one of the first steps towards General William Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Schedule of Events for November 7th and 8th

On Friday evening (Nov 7) there will be active rehearsals for the Burning of Marietta event. (Expect some booms and pops!)

The Farmer’s Market will be relocated to East Park. Artist Market will remain on Mill Street. East Park Square and North Park Square (streets) will be closed at 5:30am Saturday morning and remain closed all day for the event.

cannonCivil War Festival on the Square 10am-9pm

10am – 7pm There will be several activities going on such as re-enactors in Glover Park, carriage rides, children’s games, 2 inflatables, touch-a-truck, a dunk tank, pin the devil horns on Sherman, music, included are kids’ Games & Activities 12pm-5pm (Games include a Bucket Brigade, Sherman DunkTank, Civil War era games, and various other fun events, plus Marietta Fire Department’s Touch-A-Truck Event 12pm-5pm

Extra excuse to shop as Merchants are welcome to set up on the sidewalk to sell merchandise or refreshments like they do for the sidewalk sale that Karen Heard coordinates.

Burning, Rebirth & Live Battle Skirmish at 8pm  The “burning” show will begin at 8:00pm. It will include a performance by the Symphony on the Square and a re-enactment of what happened 150 years ago when Marietta burned. This will include special effects to replicate the burning and will occur on East Park on the County buildings.

Symphony on the Square

Re-enactor Camp on the Square

More information available at

Holiday Open House – Marietta Square – Nov 8

BPlogoMerchants of Historic Downtown Marietta are preparing for their annual Holiday Open House which will take place this year on November 8 from 6-9pm. This annual tradition brings the charm and kicks off the Holiday shopping season at the Square. Extended shopping hours continue every Friday evening until 8pm through December 20th. Marietta’s unique local shops offer a wide selection of gift ideas from vintage sound systems to original fine art, and everything in between.

Vintage-ology owner Karen Petelik says, “We look forward to Holiday Open House and the Candlelight Shopping evenings every year. We enjoy spoiling our customers with Holiday treats. This year a lucky shopper will win a gift basket.”

High Cottage will have those coveted Ron Ransom wooden Santa sculptures. Ransom is a renowned local wood carver with over 25 years of experience carving his delightful Santas. In addition to creating these Christmas icons, Ransom has authored ten books on wood carving. His unique artistry has earned him a spot teaching at the John C. Campbell folk school in North Carolina for the past 18 years. Ransom’s beloved carved Santas are collected by loyal fans all over the world, but they are available exclusively at High Cottage in the Marietta Square.
The Marietta Wine Market will host a wine tasting with light hors d’oeuvres on that evening and will offer featured sale items to kick off the holiday season.

Antiques on the Square will have a special package deal available for the Open House that will include an Audio Technica LP60 Turntable; Dayton Audio B652 Bookshelf Speakers and Dayton Audio DTA-1 Desktop Amplifier. With the current trend toward vinyl records, this is an EXCELLENT starter system. Says Antiques on the Square owner Jim Kumpe, “it is a high-quality, easy-to-use turntable, highly rated speakers, and a very high-quality, but physically compact, amplifier. This package is small enough in size, to fit onto virtually any desktop or shelf, while capable of producing ‘big’ sound- far superior sound, and far less record wear, compared to most ‘all in one’ turntable-speaker systems. For this event, we will have a special price of $235.00 plus tax.”

Ye Olde Christmas & Candy Shoppe: In addition to their well-known delicious fudge, chocolates and nostalgia candies, Ye Olde Christmas & Candy Shoppe will feature the highly-collected Department 56 Villages, Byer’s Choice Carolers and Gingerbread Houses along with Christopher Radko ornaments for sale.

The Vineyard Gift Shop will keep the excitement going with raffles throughout the evening and a free gift with every purchase. They are known for their catering menu, and will offer tasty bites to shoppers during the Open House.
You might not traditionally think of a hair salon when you think Holiday shopping, but gift certificates to Hair Art Day Spa make great gifts! A live band and tasty treats are on tap for a festive evening.

Information on merchant activities and events in historic downtown Marietta can be found at or by contacting Mary Koronkowski at