Kennesaw is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States, located in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. It had a population of 29,783 according to the 2010 census. Founded in 1887, Kennesaw has a past surrounded with railroad history. During the Civil War, Kennesaw was the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase on April 12, 1862.
In 2007, the city was selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation's "10 best towns for families". In 2009 Newsmax magazine listed the city among the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns". The city is perhaps best known nationally for its mandatory gun-possession ordinance
Kennesaw City Hall
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Several festivals are held annually. Every April the annual Big Shanty Festival displays over 200 arts and crafts booths along with 20 food booths downtown. Over 60,000 people from around North Georgia attend the festival. A parade starts the festival
Public middle schools include Awtrey, Lost Mountain, McClure, Palmer, and Pine Mountain.
Public elementary schools include Bullard, Hayes, Lewis, Kennesaw Elementary, Big Shanty Intermediate School, and Kennesaw Charter.
Mount Paran Christian School is a pre k-12 school located on Stanley Road.
The First Baptist Church of Kennesaw maintains the First Baptist Christian School of Kennesaw. St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church has a K-8 elementary school.