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5 Most Haunted Places in Marietta

  • Kennesaw House

Kennesaw House

In 1844, Mayor John Glover opened his "breakfast house" in this building, a place where travelers could stop while waiting on their trains. Later, it was used as a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War. Now home to the Marietta Museum of History, according to certain accounts, more than 700 ghosts reside here.

After the Civil War, the building served as a hotel, and one of the most striking supernatural accounts comes from a hotel guest: Stepping off the elevator onto the third floor, he witnessed a scene from a Civil War hospital, complete with a surgeon bending over a wounded man. Thinking he had walked into some kind of re-enactment, he quickly retreated into the elevator and returned to the first floor. When he asked the front desk agent what was happening on the third floor, the employee was perplexed. Both the clerk and the guest returned to the third floor only to find an empty hotel hallway.

The Statue of Mary Meinert

Mary Meinert Statue
Mary Meinert Statue

Mary Meinert and her family are said to have lived in a large house near the cemetery in the 1800s. One tragic day, Mary heard her children crying from the top floor. The house was on fire, and she ran to save them, but all three perished in the fire.

Legend has it that when this statue weeps for her infant twins, the tears are so real that they roll down her face and dampen the bodice of her gown.

Hemingway’s

Hemingway's in Marietta, Georgia
Hemingway's in Marietta, Georgia

It’s easy to dismiss guests and employees who say they smell formaldehyde in the basement of this establishment on the Marietta Square...until you learn that this building was once the city’s morgue!

One of the long time servers here has reported a feeling of someone standing behind her while she tends bar, but of course, she turns and no one is there. She also frequently hears her name being called from a seemingly empty barstool.

Marietta/Cobb Museum Of Art

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art decorated for Halloween
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art decorated for Halloween

Built in 1909, this former post office has a playful ghost named Catherine, as reported by many employees and patrons over the years. Encouraged by the stories, a group of paranormal investigators once spent the night in the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, but were laughed out the door by a group of volunteers the next morning when they claimed to have detected a vengeful presence: "We didn’t mean to hurt their feelings. It’s just that our ghost is nothing like that! She is very playful and mischievous!" We asked if they knew who she was, and they said in unison "Catherine!"

In fact, Catherine is one of Marietta’s two full-body apparitions confirmed to be seen time and time again.

Glover House

Glover House
Glover House

Mayor John Glover built this house in 1851 so he and his wife could be closer to Marietta for social engagements. The home passed ownership several times throughout the years and is now headquarters for Ulster Carpets. Though no longer a private home, former residents report shadowy figures lurking in the corners of bedrooms and occasionally peering out of the windows. A Glover family photo taken in 1910 is even rumored to show the long-deceased John Glover standing in the window. Was he merely hoping to catch a glimpse of his beloved family? Or craftily sneaking his way into the Christmas photo? Come check out our copy of the photo — you can be the judge!

Want to see for yourself? Let the Ghosts of Marietta show you these and several more haunted places in Marietta on walking tours, trolley tours, pub crawls and more.

Betsy Throop

Betsy Throop is the business development manager for Ghosts of Marietta and The Historic Marietta Trolley Co. She is an enthusiastic mother, wife and friend who enjoys puzzle-solving, craft-making and exploring new places.

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