Located across the Chattahoochee River from Atlanta, the city of Kennesaw offers one of the most progressive school districts in Georgia. There are five elementary, three middle and three high schools in the Cobb County School District, all which serve the students of Kennesaw and the surrounding communities. Kennesaw State University is an exceptional hometown institution of higher learning.
Kennesaw is home to many unique attractions, ensuring that visitors and residents will always have something interesting and fun to do. Several historic sites, such as the historic railroad Depot in downtown Kennesaw and the famous Lacy House, an early eating-house for the traveling public, provide insight into the city's past. The annual Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival celebrates the city's rich heritage.
The most famous resident of Kennesaw is "The General," an awesome iron locomotive and the leading character in one of the most exciting events of the Civil War: the destruction of the Western and Atlantic Railroad by Union Army spies. Fascinating historic sites such as the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park define this growing hometown community, located conveniently near I-75 and U.S. Highway 41 in North Cobb County.
Nearby recreational areas include the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge, and Lake Allatoona, which provide opportunities for boating, hiking, fishing and picnicking. Recreational diversions in town include 13 neighborhood parks, as well as ball fields and community centers.
History of Kennesaw, GA
The history of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in Kennesaw, which dates back to the 1830s, parallels the history of the town itself. The abundance of water and high ground near present-day Kennesaw led railroad workers to construct their shelters in the area, which became known as "Big Shanty Grade." The high point of the railroad between the Chattahoochee River and the Etowah is the present-day crossing in Kennesaw. The city was the staging ground for the "Great Locomotive Chase" of April 1862 and was put on the map by this colorful event. Union Army volunteers stole "The General" and destroyed the railroad while the locomotive's conductor gave chase, first on foot and then in another locomotive (the Texas) running in reverse. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is the most complete remaining Civil War battlefield, featuring 11 miles of original earthworks preserved within the park's 2,900 acres.