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Kennesaw is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States, located in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. It had a population of 29,783 according to the 2010 census. Founded in 1887, Kennesaw has a past surrounded with railroad history. During the Civil War, Kennesaw was the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase on April 12, 1862.In 2007, the city was selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation's "10 best towns for families". In 2009 Newsmax magazine listed the city among the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns". The city is perhaps best known nationally for its mandatory gun-possession ordinance.HistoryEtymologyAs the Western and Atlantic Railroad was being built in the late 1830s, shanties arose to house the workers. These were near a big spring. A grade up from the Etowah River became known as "the big grade to the shanties", then "Big Shanty Grade", and finally "Big Shanty".The name "Kennesaw" is derived from the Cherokee word gah-nee-sah, meaning cemetery or burial ground.Civil War and afterCamp MacDonald, a training camp, was located there from 1861-1863.During the Civil War, Big Shanty was the site of major fighting in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, part of the larger Atlanta Campaign. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, located southeast of the city limits, now contains many of these historic areas, though much of the surrounding land has been developed, and some buried artifacts have been taken by people with metal detectors.
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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park ©
National Park
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Duration: 8 hours
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History ©
History Museum
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Duration: 2 hours
Swift-Cantrell Park ©
Swift-Cantrell Park
Duration: 2 hours
Lazy Guy Distillery ©
Lazy Guy Distillery
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Kennesaw

Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls Helen
Duration: 2 hours
Mercier Orchards ©
Mercier Orchards Blue Ridge
Duration: 1h 30 min
Booth Western Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Booth Western Art Museum Cartersville
Duration: 2 hours
River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Ducktown
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kennesaw

Noonday Creek Trail ©
Biking Trail
Noonday Creek Trail
Duration: 2 hours
Smith Gilbert Gardens ©
Smith Gilbert Gardens
Duration: 1h 30 min
Burnt Hickory Brewery ©
Burnt Hickory Brewery
Duration: 1h 30 min
Leone Hall Price Park ©
Water Body
Leone Hall Price Park
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Kennesaw

Town Center at Cobb
Shopping Mall
Town Center at Cobb
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Kennesaw

Museum of History and Holocaust Education ©
History Museum
Museum of History and Holocaust Education
Duration: 2 hours

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