Cobb County’s history has amazing stories to tell! The Discovering Cobb County program will explore the origins of the area starting with the Native Americans and continuing up to the present day. Each session will focus on a different time period and answer questions about the county, beginning with the development of the first towns and businesses. How did Cobb County get its name? What did Cobb County look like?
Next, we will delve into one of the major events to shape not only Cobb County, but our country was the Civil War. Learn about the effect that the war had locally and the experiences of those that lived here during Union Occupation. How was cotton important to Cobb’s economy? What did slavery look like in this area?
After the Civil War, much of Cobb County was left in desolation. How did the county reconstruct? What towns and businesses were established after the War?
At the outbreak of World War II, the county went from agriculture to industry almost overnight. Why was Cobb County chosen to be the home of the Bell Aircraft Plant during World War II? What did the growth of the county look like after the War?
With industry taking over much of the South, how did Cobb County evolve to become a part of the New Industrial South? How did the arrival of Lockheed change Cobb County?
The growth of Cobb County in population and industry also meant a growth in education and the political landscape. How did education become so well known in Cobb? How did the change in population alter the political system in the county in the mid-20th century?
Lastly, Cobb County has attracted people for centuries but what has made it so popular? What were the small towns and districts that are no longer around reflected in the County?
Instructor, Christa McCay has worked as the Collections Manager for the Marietta Museum of History since 2004. Her job includes the care and preservation of the Museum’s artifact collection, which consists of over 50,000 items.
Open since 1996, the Museum’s galleries and exhibits are housed on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House building. The Museum houses the largest collection artifacts relating to Marietta and Cobb County and is dedicated to preserving the history of Marietta and Cobb County by providing an educational, enlightening, and engaging experience.