The 29th Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Historic Home Tour was held December 5-6 and was a resounding success! Our Marietta community played an important part in that success and we express our sincere appreciation. The Pilgrimage is most certainly a COMMUNITY EFFORT.
Marietta citizens support this annual Pilgrimage in so many ways from attending the event to decorating their homes on surrounding streets, which spread the Holiday Cheer. Local businesses provide corporate sponsorship. Our local papers, the “Marietta Daily Journal” and the “Atlanta Journal Constitution” provide great publicity. Magazines and radio stations promote the event. Marietta citizens provide close to 500 active and exuberant volunteers who sell tickets, serve as docents in the homes, put up signage, and serve as bus guides for the event. Six generous families open their lovely homes for the event. Our historic churches, event facilities, museums, and historic public buildings decorate for Pilgrimage guests. Our local businesses around the Square keep their doors open for visitors and the City beautifully decorates the Square prior to the Pilgrimage. Our “village” works together to make the Marietta Pilgrimage so successful.
This year, the weekend kicked off with the Marietta Pilgrimage Gala, a glamorous black-tie celebration hosted at First Landmark Bank. Throughout the weekend, visitors and locals were able to enter six beautiful, historic homes and attend candlelight tours through three of them. During the evenings, visitors shopped in the beautifully illuminated Square and skated their way around Glover Park in the new open air ice skating rink.
The profits from the Pilgrimage are jointly shared be the Marietta Visitors Bureau and the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. The Visitors Bureau works to bring in visitors to enhance our local economy and Cobb Landmarks works to preserve our wonderful Marietta and Cobb heritage. What a dynamic combination to preserve our past, enhance our present, and encourage our future.
This year’s Pilgrimage was the second most attended tour since it began 29 years ago! Attendees were from Marietta, Cobb County, our state of Georgia, the Southeast, and from as far away as Pennsylvania and Michigan. Several groups stayed overnight. All of these visitors eat meals in our restaurants and purchase gifts and goods from our businesses.
We wholeheartedly express our thanks and sincere appreciation to the citizens of Marietta, GA for this successful Pilgrimage. We are a loyal and dedicated community of interested citizens and volunteers who have greatly benefited by working well together! You are fantastic Goodwill Ambassadors for Marietta!