August 2009 – Some locals see it as the pride of the South. Others see it as a great place to live. Which ever label applies it certainly has gotten a lot of attention not only outside the metropolitan Atlanta area, but outside of Georgia as well. It certainly is good enough to make those that live there proud to be its citizens. And that’s certainly understandable. It’s clean. The local populace is friendly. From the moment you first drive into the downtown area you notice nothing but a warm, homely environment. It’s almost comparable to the fictional town of Mayberry.
When you get there you see why Family Circle magazine named this town one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” just two years ago and why Newsmax magazine named it one of the “Top 25 Cities and Towns with the Best American Values” earlier this year. Those who have been living in Cobb County long enough have likely already deduced that I refer to Kennesaw. One of the most important cities in the county.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a Mariettan all my life and am proud to admit it. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that Kennesaw wasn’t a fascinating town. The history alone is enough to get one’s attention. The Great Locomotive chase caused by the Union theft of the locomotive known as “The General” was one of the most significant occurances of the entire Civil War.
The actual locomotive is on display at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. It’s so important historically that a replica of the locomotive has served as a play area for children to enjoy at the Marietta Square for close to 25 years. History is very important in this town which is why they have a Historic Preservation Commission that meets regularly at City Hall.
But the history isn’t the only thing that makes Kennesaw great. The environment is great too. From the red brick cross-walks that go from one sidewalk to another in the downtown area to the numerous parks and recreation centers, this town is a town that cares about where their citizens live. In fact, in recent months they added a skate park at the Swift-Cantrell Park. Also, most if not all the parks now have wireless terminals so citizens can access the internet on their laptops from anywhere on the park premises. Swift-Cantrell also acts as the perfect place for families to enjoy outdoor movie showings every five or six nights with movies such as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (June 27) and Kung Fu Panda (June 12) There are also several outdoor concerts that’ll be performed in the Historic Train Depot. One such concert will be the July 3 tribute to Journey with several artists playing the iconic group’s greatest hits while September 12 will bring about a performance by the band known as the Rockerz.
Obviously Kennesaw is a very active town. It certainly seems that there’s always something going on. It’s not too bustling, but it certainly doesn’t fit the classic sleepy southern town description either. For starters, there will be the Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival from August 14-15 with plenty of outdoor food and fun for everybody there complete with a BBQ cook-off offering cash prizes. Click here for more information on The Peaches and Pigs BBQ Festival 2009 Winners at the Kennesaw Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival
Kennesaw hosts a number of major festivals throughout the year. The largest event they host is the Big Shanty Festival held every year the thrid week of April and sponsored by the the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association. The City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association will be sponsoring the Taste of Kennesaw on September 12 in downtown Kennesaw. Click here for more information on The Taste of Kennesaw
It’s not all just fun and games at Kennesaw though. A lot of their activity stems from their constantly working to improve the town. A good bit of effort is spent to keep the town in top shape for both its residents and visitors. That’s how the parks maintain their great appeal. One of the hidden treasures of Kennesaw is their Smith-Gilbert Garden’s off of Pine Mountain Road. Take a look at our article about the gardens and the beautiful slide show. Click to Read More
It’s also what makes Kennesaw such a great place to drive around in. As of this writing road repairs are being done on Jiles Road. Several repairs, in fact, including work on a water line, the moving of power and cable lines and the installation of storm drain crossings.
Other events include an Electronics Recycling Day on June 20 where people bring there old, obsolete or run down electronics to be crushed and so their materials can be reused and the machines themselves don’t get thrown away and put into landfills as well as the annual Farmer’s Market which is currently held every Tuesday from 7-11 am.
One final place not to miss in Kennesaw is Kennesaw State University. also referred to as KSU. Kennesaw State, is a public, coeducational, comprehensive university that is part of the University System of Georgia. The university’s main campus is located in Kennesaw. KSU also holds classes at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Dalton State College, and Appalachian Technical College. As of fall semester 2008, an enrollment of 21,449 students made KSU the third largest university in Georgia, trailing only the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. The university is well known for academic programs in business, education, and nursing. KSU recently upgraded their athletics to Division I in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The rumor for several years now is that KSU will add Division IAA football similar to Georgia State. Keep tuned for more information on this ongoing rumor.
As you can see, there’s no grass growing under the feet of the good people of Kennesaw. There is always something going on there and no day is ever wasted. You can tell the national acclaim they’ve been getting is well deserved.