The Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission has recently been and is currently involved with three major projects that highlight Cobb County’s rich historic resources. These are the Historic Marker Program, Historic Resources Survey and Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
Historic Preservation Driving Tour
The county recently completed a Cobb County Historic Driving Tour Brochure, which consists of three separate routes that takes the traveler throughout historic Cobb County. The brochure includes a map and information about sites along the way.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners initiated the creation of a Historic Marker Program in Cobb County in 2005 and set aside $50,000 for the program. The purpose of the program is to highlight historic sites around the county.
The Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission created a prioritized list of sites, which included a wide variety of types and locations. The following markers have been completed.
The Cobb County Historic Resources Survey was completed in August 2007. Historic properties throughout unincorporated Cobb County were surveyed. The Historic Resources Survey Report can be found below. Information, including photographs, about each of the properties surveyed (approximately 875) has been entered into a web based database called NAHRGIS that is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division.
In order to aid in the preservation of Cobb County’s history, the county has sought to mitigate the demolition of historic structures by development. In instances when a historic building has been present on property subject to new development and the building cannot be saved, the county has required developers to properly document the structure before it is demolished. This includes hiring a cultural resource consultant to produce a history of the building and its occupants, along with archival-quality photographs of the building and its setting. The reports have been submitted to the county’s historic preservation planner.