This is where a protracted battle between General Sherman's troops of the NOrth tried to rest control from the Southerners on the mountain and rout them form their stronghold. There were 100,000 Union and 63,000 Southern soldiers, and 67,000 died, of were wounded. The battle around Atlanta lasted 13 days before the NOrth took over, and then burned the city.
There were 3 main battle areas; one right at the foot of the mountain, one at Cheatam Hill in the rear of the mountain, and one at Burnt Hickory Road, toward the side of the mountain as it exists today. MOnuments are on the mountain showing the sites. There are 17.6 miles of trails that depict the fortifications, and barriers.
Right in the middle of town is the museum showing parts of the railroad escape and ultimate capture of Northern soldiers. They killed 4 soldiers and put the 12 others in prison. The success of stealing the railroad was probably not scored for the North, but it got the attention of the South that their territory can be attacked.
The mountain is within a national park that preserves the famous battle of the Civil War over Atlanta. General Sherman's Army came with 100,000 men and fought in the area for 13 days before it took control of the region. Kennesaw was a focal point for a lot of fighting.
The mountain park is 2,923 acres, and the mountain is 1808 feet high. A walk up the road is 1.4 miles, but really feels a lot more than that on a hot day. At the peak is a nice plateau and overlook of the area in all directions.
the welcome center is located in the historic kennesaw depot in downtown kennesaw. the welcome center is located across the street from the southern museum of civil war locomotive history. at the welcome center there is a small museum and you get info and directions on kennesaw's historic attractions. the only drawback to the welcome center is that it is only open wednedays, fridays, and saturdays.
the southern museum of civil war locomotive history is the main attraction of downtown kennesaw. the museum has on display the confederate steam engine the "general" that was hijacked by andrew's raiders in kennesaw during the civil war. the museum also has an exhibit on the glover machine works and a collection of civil war relics. for those interested in civil war history this museum is a very worth while stop.
the general monument is located in a small park on main street next to the kennesaw depot welcome center. this monument comemorates the site of the hijacking of the confederate steam engine the "general" on april 12 th 1862.
kennesaw has a small main street shopping area downtown. of interest to the tourist is wild man's confederate relic shop. this shop has a large collection of authenic civil war relics for sale. even if you are not in the market for such items wild man's is a very good free museum. wild man's is located in the historic state bank on main street.
the kennesaw mountain battlefield park is located about five miles southwest of downtown kennesaw on kennesaw mountain. the park is owned by the national park service and has a number of historic battle sites and numerous hiking and walking trails. a very interesting park to visit in the atlanta area. for more information see my kennesaw battlefield park pages.
Kennesaw has an excellent museum dedicated to preserving civil war history. The Southern Museum focuses on the impact of railroads during the civil war, but, through a cooperative effort with the Smithsonian Institute, it also features clothing, tools and other artifacts from the war.
The museum is located, ironically, next to the railroad tracks and just outside of downtown Kennesaw. In addition to the freestanding exhibits, which change continuously, it offers interpretive programs several times a day.
Pickett's Mill is actually located in Ackworth, but it is so connected to the civil war history that it seemed better to put the tip here.
Like Kennesaw Mountain, Picketts Mill was the site of a civil war battle. Here the Confederates held their ground and pushed back the advance of the Union. Perhaps its due to its out of the way location or the fact that visitors prefer Kennesaw Mountain, but Pickett's Mill is pretty uncrowded. There are three short trails that lead around the battlefield site and past earthworks and trenches dug by Confederate soldiers. The visitor's center also provides pamphlets which help you identify sights found along the way.
This is a really well laid out garden with lots to see and makes for a nice day outside in good weather......Includes a rose garden, bonsai area, conifers, lots of contemporary artwork on the grounds, a Japanese Maple grove, a vegetable garden and more-----
Open year round on tuesdays thru saturdays 9-4 and sundays 11-4.
Big place with lanes, a bar and an arcade area----so-so food but a good place to hang for a bit if into bowling and games....beer iffy since they did not renew the liscence but maybe fixed now......
Open until 2 weekends
I bought a Groupon ( a daily web deal which in this case was a 20 minute lesson and flight)
from Prestige and it was a total BLAST! Cody gave me a starter lesson in the controls for the helicopter from his office at McCollum Airport in Kennesaw, Ga., near the Town Center Area. Then we walked out onto the runway and got into this really small 2 seater and went through the normal airport procedures of contacting the tower before taking off--he took me over my place of business so I could take some pictures, but for a tourist, Kennesaw Mountain is right there and cool to fly by, and he said he normally takes folk to Allatoona Lake which is also nearby. You actually get to fly the helicopter with the pilot watching closely, and it is a real thrill! Not a cheap thing at all at around $150 and up depending on the tour--he does Atlanta tours as well from PDK Airport in Dekalb County. check out the website and splurge on this really cool flight!
The Southern Museum is an offshoot of the Smithsonian Institute and covers the Civil War and especially Train lore during that time. It is home to The General, the Train from The Great Locomotive Chase, during the War...Check out the website for details on this huge event for the South. Also has Uniforms, weapons and more info on the Civil War than you can shake a stick at.
Mon-Sat 9:30 - 5
sun 1 - 5:30
I am putting this in here for novelty's sake, even though it is a very controversial place, containing many confederate items, books, posters etc... some of which are pretty racially insensitive. There is a small museum in the back with a small fee, and the front is mostly books, uniforms and other items from the dark times of our Southern past. Wild Man is usually there to answer any questions you may have.