For $5, you can buy a single cup of "designer" coffee or a couple of soft drinks -- or you can visit the Marietta Museum of History just off the delightful Marietta Square.
The building housing this museum is historic in and of itself, being the only building on the Marietta Square to survive the Civil War and General Sherman, who burned the rest of the city. Two historical markers out front of the museum tell some of the story. Once inside, the centerpiece of the museum is the room where the Andrews Raiders finalized their plans for the theft of "The General" of Disney and Keaton film fame.
But the museum has many more exhibits than that, all from the local area. It is not a highbrow, hi-tech museum, but a simple facility of self-directed historic exhibits that is enjoyable to meander through. The museum staff are all very friendly and very knowledgeable and there is a small gift shop with reasonably prices memorabilia and historical books.
This is certainly worth checking out when you're on the Marietta Square, and there's free 2-hour parking during the week and unlimited free parking on the weekends both in curbside parking and in the county parking deck across from the Square.
BEWARE: parking in the private lots that are in various places around the Square at ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT will result in you being booted usually within two or three minutes of you departing your car. There is aggressive booting in the private lots and no negotiation possible. It is a huge revenue source for some businessmen in the city. Use the on street curbside parking or the county parking deck ($5 weekdays, free nights and weekends) off the northeast corner of the Square.
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