MARIETTA is the county seat and largest city in Cobb County; according to the 2010 census, the population was 56,579, making it one of the Atlanta metropolitan area’s largest suburbs. It is generally believed that the city was named for Mary Cobb, the wife of U.S. Senator and Supreme Court judge Thomas Willis Cobb, for whom the county is named.
Today, Marietta has six historic districts. Downtown is the town square and site of several cultural productions and public events, including a weekly farmers’ market. The Marietta Players perform semi-professional theater year round, and the Strand Theatre, featuring classic films and other events, has been renovated back to its original design. The Marietta Museum of History exhibits the history of the city and is home to thousands of historical artifacts. The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, also called “Scarlett on the Square”, houses a collection of memorabilia related to Gone with the Wind, both the book and the film. Miramax Films and Disney filmed scenes of the 1995 movie Gordy in Marietta.
The Big Chicken, a 56-foot tall steel-sided structure with moving beak and eyes, is a well-known Marietta landmark that rises above a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road.
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