I’ve shared before that Marietta, GA is my hometown and I’m super proud of our town and how it has grown and evolved over the years of growing up here. It’s quaint and charming and so full of life these days and I love hanging out in the town square. So much to do and see in the area, with shops and restaurants abundant there as well as beautiful examples of historic homes in Marietta.
Last weekend, my honey and I did a tour of homes called The Georgia Ramble, sponsored by the Georgia Trust. My friends, Rachel and Douglas, from the Trammell House that I’ve blogged before were on the Spring Ramble this year and I was a docent there on Friday. The Georgia Trust is an organization that advocates preservation and revitalization of historic homes in Georgia. I didn’t know much about this event before now, but these are held in Spring and Fall all over Georgia, including Savannah later in the Fall. How fun would that be?
It was a 3 day event, but we only did one day, Saturday. It was a glorious spring day, perfect sunshine day with blue skies and a breeze in the air. Perfection! We drove, we parked, we walked and strolled the streets that I have passed for years and years and we got to go in and tour some of the houses that I’ve been drooling over for years, which was a real treat. Between our Christmas tour of homes in Marietta and now the Ramble, I’ve been inside a lot of these houses and it never gets old. I’m so happy that Marietta has been preserved and restored and the streets of Church Street and Cherokee Street are treasures indeed. I’ve driven up and down these streets my entire life and have gawked at these houses that long.
We started the tour at the Garden center on Kennesaw Avenue, which was originally a residence, but now is a garden center.
The gazebo out front is beautiful.
Down the street is this beautiful 1800’s Greek Revival mansion. We met most of the homeowners along the way and it was fun to chat with them about their houses. This couple has been in their home for 38 years and raised their family here. It was interesting to hear about the upkeep and how much is involved in keeping and preserving an older home like this.
The backyard pool and pool house of the above home. We decided that you need to be really young to take on a house of this magnitude if it hadn’t been restored, because you’d have to have the stamina to get things done or else hire it all out.
A peek at the front lawn and the house across the street. The entire span of Kennesaw Avenue is full of historic wonders and it’s one of my favorite streets to get to town from my house.
Another house on the tour. It was such a fun thing to get to go inside and see these homes in person. We probably toured a dozen homes that day.
This one wasn’t on the tour, but we admire its beauty every time we pass this way.
Homes in this area range from the mid-1800’s all the way up to the 1920’s and 30’s and above.
I won’t comment on all of them, but enjoy the beauty of these historic homes in Marietta.
Heeee hee, we think this one reminds us of the Adams Family house from the old TV show.
This one was on the tour.
Historic Oakton, which I’ve also blogged about before, here and here.
We toured this beauty too and it was gorgeous. Love the architecture. They have a pool in the backyard too.
We were told this home was vacant for 5 years before the current owners bought it 3 years ago. I’m sure they have had to do quite a bit of repairs and renovations.
It sure is beautiful, isn’t it? Notice the granite stairs.
Cherokee Street is a stunning drive.
This pretty red brick was on the tour too. It’s a 1920’s house and I think the architecture in this era is so neat.
I had toured this house on the Christmas tour before, but it was fun to get another peek.
They have a gorgeous koi pond in sideboard off that beautiful wrap around porch.
And our last stop of the day was this one and I think it’s so charming.
The famous Brumby rocking chair factory lofts were also on the tour. They opened about 20 years ago as apartments and I had never been in these old buildings.
As typical in loft buildings, the old brick is exposed.
There were several residences open for touring and they let me take a pic in their space. These are smallish 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. I can see why the young folks like living here, within walking distance to the square.
This unit was my fave with these 3 gorgeous and huge windows all open with the breeze coming in.
This one was vacant and ready to rent.
It was a really fun day of touring homes, something we enjoy doing. There are so many charming and quaint homes here in Marietta and I’m very proud to call it my hometown. I wasn’t raised in Old Marietta, but it has been a regular part of my childhood and adult years. I can definitely see why folks want to live near the Square in this area, since it’s very desirable (and expensive) real estate. We take advantage of the amenities of the Square all the time and regularly have dinner there and it’s a reminder of days gone by, when the pace was a little slower. Of course, the traffic hasn’t stopped growing and Marietta has its share of that too.
Hope you all enjoyed this tour of some of our beautiful historic homes in and around the Marietta Square.
Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says
This would have been so much fun! I’ve got to start paying more attention. I, too, am so proud to call Marietta home.
heidi @ decor & more says
What a fun day, Rhoda! I haven’t done a tour of those in years… so much curb appeal and architectural inspiration. Great post. 🙂
My daughter and son-in-law were married at the Garden center under the gazebo one July afternoon. The house and grounds are beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures.
Marie Claire says
Those historic homes are beautiful! I’m so glad that they’re being restored and maintained.
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your blog, you are a bright spot in my day 🙂
Jean from Georgia says
Beautiful homes. During my childhood I very often visited my great aunt in LaGrange, Ga. where on her front porch were two very old white rockers, which I inherited. The seats have been reworked and we have painted them over the years. I had always noticed the screws on the arms of the chairs with the imprint Brumby on the head of the screw and knew nothing of that company until several years ago I toured the Marietta square and saw the Brumby store. Those dear old rockers which have been in my family for 4 generations are now on my daughter’s screened porch in Powder Springs, Ga.
The white house with the curved staircase in front was always the location of prom pictures for the senior class. The Marietta Daily Journal would come and take pictures and the group photo was always on the front page on the morning after prom. I have quite a collection of prom pictures at that house! They’ve since moved pictures from there because it got to be too much and too many people, but the homeowner was gracious to the seniors at Marietta High School for over 30 years. I was going to go on the Ramble until I realized that I’d already been in all of the houses at one time or another. It was a great event and of course I’m partial to Kennesaw Avenue. You rarely find four antebellum houses on one street–Oakton, Fair Oaks (Garden Center), Tranquilla and the Archibald Howell house.
Kim, you are such a wealth of knowledge on Marietta! Thanks for chiming in. That house would be a great prom picture house. We loved it!
diane in wis says
Wow what beautiful homes. Thank you for sharing your tour with us. I don’t know which ones I loved the most…but it was surely fun seeing the pictures of them all. I even liked the apartments at the end with the big windows! Very cool! Thanks Rhoda. What pretty towns!
Jana Leigh says
It takes so much dedication to keep these old beauties going. I’m happy there are people who put in the work to preserve them. Thanks for sharing, Rhoda.
Was the red brick home with the 441 address on the tour? I believe it is Alton Brown’s (Food Network) home.
Hi,Cathy, that one wasn’t on the tour. I’ve heard he lives around here, so that is pretty cool!
Demetrius Williams says
Alton Brown actually used to live in the Brumby Lofts in my building (I am the resident of the unit you loved with the open windows – I JUST came across this blog entry 2 days ago – lol). Had to link this on FB.
Hi, Demetrius, thanks for sharing and thanks for letting us tour your place!