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The city used to be called Big Shanty and it was the site of a major battle during the American Civil War – the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Located south of town, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is full of many historic areas and war artifacts.
Apart from rich history and culture, the close proximity of the Kennesaw Mountain offers a great choice of outdoor activities like hiking and climbing. Kennesaw Mountain is part of the park and its summit is the highest point in the Atlanta metro area. The park in Kennesaw is free to visitors and offers 17 miles of hiking trails.
Other than historic heritage, the city boasts the title of one of the nation’s “10 Best Towns for Families” granted by Family Circle magazine in 2007. According to the article, Kennesaw was awarded for its suburban charm combined with big-city opportunities, a blend of affordable housing, good jobs, top-rated schools and a lot less stress.
Points of Interest in Kennesaw GA:
– Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History – The museum has an impressive collection of Civil War artifacts, including The General which is the locomotive that was stolen in 1862 and was the subject of the movie “The Great Locomotive Chase.”
– Smith-Gilbert Arboretum – an amazing collection of contemporary sculptures, a vast variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants situated in a natural landscape.
- Total area – 8.5 square mile
- Population in 2013 – 32,001
- Median age of residents – 32.3 years old
- Median income for a family – $62,146
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