Downtown Kennesaw

Downtown Kennesaw, GA, is a vibrant community that beautifully blends its rich Civil War era history with Southern charm and modern convenience. Recognized as a Preserve America community, it’s nestled in north central Cobb County, about 35 minutes northwest of Downtown Atlanta. Offering small town charm and southern hospitality, downtown Kennesaw is revitalizing and sustaining its position as a quaint portal to the area’s cultural, historic, and natural resources.

Downtown Kennesaw’s walking-friendly size and plentiful parking offer visitors and residents easy access to attractions and city amenities, including The Kennesaw Welcome Center, parks, specialty shops, a distillery, and a variety of restaurants.

The city is home to The Depot, a restored Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway Station from 1908, now serving as The Kennesaw Welcome Center. It’s part of a walking tour that includes several antebellum structures tucked around new cluster home communities and revitalized turn-of-the-century buildings.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is another key attraction in downtown Kennesaw, showcasing artifacts from the Civil War battles fought in the area.  This 40,000 sq. also houses the infamous iron horse, The General – a steam locomotive hijacked by Yankee soldiers in what was later referred to as the Great Locomotive Chase and a critical move in ending the Civil War.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is also the center of activity surrounding Kennesaw’s annual Big Shanty Festival in mid April. This free, fun-filled event is a tribute to the heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era. Over 50,000 people fill the downtown Kennesaw to enjoy a day full of fun-filled activities at one of the largest Arts & Craft Shows in north Georgia.

Downtown Kennesaw also hosts the Main Street Farmers Market, Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival, Taste of Kennesaw, The Santa Parade & A Day with Santa, and free summer concerts and movies – all popular draws for residents and visitors to this charming historic alcove of vibrant “small town charm”.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a site of significant Civil War battles, and enjoy the city’s parks and recreation facilities. The city’s parks offer a range of activities, including trails, a skatepark, and beautiful gardens like the Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

Numerous restaurants are located in downtown Kennesaw, offering indoor and outdoor dining options.  The surrounding downtown area is designated as an entertainment district, where visitors can enjoy a beer, glass of wine, or mixed drink while exploring the city.

Downtown Kennesaw is a charming blend of history, culture, and modern living. Its commitment to preserving its rich past while offering contemporary amenities makes it a unique destination in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Directions: Take 1-75 N to exit 273 for Wade Green R. Turn left at Wade Green Rd. NW. Go .03 miles. Continue on Cherokee St NW for 2.3 miles