Tumlin has added a proposal to purchase the land holding the tannery to a list of projects that would be funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue, if it’s approved by voters. The SPLOST referendum is expected to go on the ballot in November.
City Manager Bill Bruton said the cost to acquire the tannery property has not been determined.
“A purchase would not be able to take place until after the SPLOST passed and money was available,” he added. If the SPLOST is approved, those sales tax collections would start on Jan. 1, 2022.
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Cobb Landmarks Executive Director Trevor Beemon said the tannery was once part of Oakton Estates, which also included a home that was constructed in the 1830s. The tannery, operated by Marietta’s first mayor, John Heyward Glover, and businessman John Wilder, opened sometime in the 1840s.
Beemon said not much information on the tannery is available, but the business was open long before Marietta’s original depot opened in 1864. However, a large portion of the structure has collapsed over the last 30 to 40 years, leaving just two walls.
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Kyburz said she and her husband have had many people stop and check out the remnants. She said the site is an opportunity to preserve a piece of history that precedes the Civil War.
“A lot of cities in the South don’t have that,” she said. “It’s our past, and I’m not one for wiping out our past.”
Beemon said Cobb Landmarks volunteers have worked with the Kyburzs to remove vines and evasive plants that could damage the old walls. In the future, the organization would like to figure out a way to stabilize what’s the stonework and install fencing around the structure. Beemon said the area would be nice to develop into a park featuring greenspace.
“People who know about it and appreciate it would be happy just to know that it’s going to be there and it’s not going to be developed or it’s not going to collapse from age,” he said.
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