Have a real Halloween scare: Check out the spookiest spots in Cobb

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Have a real Halloween scare: Check out the spookiest spots in Cobb

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THE LITTLE CANNON (Marietta Confederate Cemetery): We'll let the carving by this cannon tell the story: “This little cannon served at the Georgia Military Institute from 1852 to 1864, then went into the Confederate Army, was captured on Sherman's March to the Sea, 1864-1865, was held as a trophy of war until 1910, when it was returned by the United States government to the Confederate Cemetery at Marietta Georgia.”

Turn around.

Ha. Gotcha!

You’re obviously the adventurous type, and that’s respectable.

So you need to check out the spookiest spots in Cobb County, especially with Halloween around the corner.

Kennesaw House

An old hospital for soldiers during the Civil War, the Kennesaw House is now home to the Marietta Museum of History.

“According to certain accounts, more than 700 ghosts reside here,” says the official tourism wing of the state of Georgia.

After the Civil War, the building was a hotel.

One guest told tourism authorities a harrowing account of supernatural activity: “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 Magnolia House

Are you into the 1890s-creaky-Southern-gazebo brand of spooky? Well you’re in luck.

The Magnola House was built in Powder Springs for a young couple and has been the venue to many happy nuptials. But at night, the Southern mansion and gazebo get creepy.

Some say Hemingway’s on the Marietta Square  has the spirit of its namesake hanging around. Brant Sanderlin

Hemingway’s

Oh, is the OLD CITY MORGUE spooky enough for you?!

Now, it’s home to calamari and bacon-wrapped chicken tenders.

“Although the name Hemingway’s Bar and Grill does not suggest or imply that it has any affiliation with Ernest Hemingway, the well known writer, novelist, sportsman and adventurer, you may find that the spirit of Hemingway permeates the environment,” the website says.

So you can kind of grab a cold one with Hemingway, and that guy knew how to drink.

Statue of Mary Meinert

According to the Georgia tourism officials, Mary Meinert and her family are said to have lived in a large house near the Marietta National Cemetery in the 1800s.

As the story goes, one fateful day, she heard her children crying from the top floor. She realized the house was on fire and she ran to save them, but all three died in the fire.

Her striking statue sits eerily in the cemetery adding an extra layer of spooky to an already spooky spot.

Kolb Farmhouse, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

As the only remaining park building that existed during the Civil War’s Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, it’s seen a lot.

One of the earliest settlers of Cobb County, Peter Valentine Kolb II, built the log house in 1836 and operated a self-sufficient farm with 10 slaves and about 600 acres of land, the park website says.

After the Battle of Kolb’s Farm in June 1864, Union General Joseph Hooker used the Kolb house for his headquarters, and the Kolbs didn’t return until the 1880s. 

Being witness to a bloody Civil War battle gives the farmhouse big-time spooky street cred.

Did we miss something?

Let us know at ben.brasch@ajc.com. Happy Halloween!

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