October 12, 2020
CONTACT: Courtney Spiess
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Marietta Visitors Bureau
MARIETTA - In light of the current conditions concerning COVID-19, the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, organizers of the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, have decided to transition this year’s tour to a self-guided walking tour featuring historic homes located in the Church-Cherokee Historic District.
The Marietta Pilgrimage is an annual home tour typically attended by 2,500-3,000 people over a two-day period each December. The tour usually features six private homes and a variety of local historic sites and museums. Money raised from the tour, which has been held each year since 1987, helps fund the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society.
“This was a difficult decision, but we feel the self-guided walking tour is the best option for the safety of the homeowners, our volunteers, and the community,” said Trevor Beemon, Executive Director of Cobb Landmarks.
Those wishing to enjoy the walking tour will need to purchase an official Marietta Pilgrimage Walking Tour booklet, which will be available for $25 at the Marietta Welcome Center or the William Root House. Each booklet will include a walking tour map, photos and information about the participating homes, and a scavenger hunt for younger tour-goers. The booklet will also include discounts and coupons from local Marietta restaurants and merchants.
Proceeds from sales of the booklet will benefit the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks.
“The pandemic has created a hardship for non-profits whose budgets rely on donations and fundraising events. This year’s Pilgrimage fundraiser is more critical now than ever before to help Cobb Landmarks and the Marietta Welcome Center,” said Amanda Sutter, Executive Director of the Marietta Visitors Bureau.
Homes included in the walking tour will be eligible to win one of three prizes. Tour-goers can cast their votes for the homes they feel have the “Best Traditional Decor,” “Most Over-The-Top Decor,” and “Best Light Display.” Tour homes should be enjoyed from the sidewalk. No homes will be open to the public. The self-guided tour can be enjoyed anytime in December, but houses will be decorated December 4-18 for the public to cast their votes.
“We know many people in the community are disappointed they will not be able to see inside any homes this year - we are disappointed, too. But we hope this walking tour will be a good alternative until we can return to our regular tour format in 2021,” said Amanda Seals, Marietta Pilgrimage Co-Chair.
WHAT: Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour
WHEN: December 4-18, 2020
WHERE: Church-Cherokee Historic District, Marietta
ABOUT THE MARIETTA VISITORS BUREAU: The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Welcome Center was established in 1984 as part of the City of Marietta’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. As a private, non-profit organization, the Visitors Bureau strives to promote Marietta as a tourism destination for a wide range of visitors from cultural/heritage enthusiasts, families and fans traveling for sports & recreational fun, to business travelers seeking close proximity to Atlanta. The Marietta Welcome Center is located just off the Marietta Square in the 1898 Western & Atlantic Railroad Passenger Depot.
ABOUT COBB LANDMARKS: Since its founding in 1974, Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society has succeeded in preserving and protecting some of Cobb’s most historically relevant buildings. Each year, Cobb Landmarks provides engaging programs and activities that reach thousands of preservationists, tourists, educators, and students. Many of these programs are centered on the organization's two historic properties, the William Root House and the Power Family Cabin.