Just a short drive from Atlanta lies Kennesaw, a Preserve America community rich with Atlanta Civil War history. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park serves as a reminder of the heavy fighting that took place during the 1864 Civil War Battle of Atlanta, while the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History showcases the General, a steam locomotive made famous by the Great Locomotive Chase. Another of Kennesaw, GA's historic sites is the early 20th-century railroad depot, part of a downtown walking tour that also includes several antebellum structures. At least one of Kennesaw, Georgia's top attractions, Town Center at Cobb, is of modern vintage. The super-regional shopping mall attracts more than 11 million visitors a year to its 220 stores, which include Belk, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears department stores. Among Kennesaw's annual events are Folk Tales of the Rails and the Big Shanty Festival, an arts and crafts festival that reflects the town's original name. Kennesaw, GA, is located northwest of Atlanta, off of I-75, in Cobb County. It is approximately 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. In 2007, Family Circle magazine dubbed Kennesaw, Georgia one of the nation's "10 Best Towns for Families."
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