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The Marietta Pilgrimage
A Christmas Home Tour through Marietta, Georgia

Rockford, c. 1845

360 Manning Road

 

Rockford PhotoRockford, also known as the Smith-Manning House, is one of Cobb County’s most significant historic structures. Constructed between 1848 and 1851 for the Dr. Sidney Smith family, the home is situated on top of a full-story coursed stone basement. It is believed that the home served as a field hospital during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and the headquarters of Confederate General William J. Hardee in June of 1864.

 

The home was purchased by John Manning in the 1890s. Before the Mannings took ownership, the exterior of the home was updated in the folk Victorian style with the addition of decorative post brackets and balustrades. John’s wife, Mamie, inherited the home upon his death in 1922. Later, the home was passed down to relative James T. Manning, a state representative, senator, and Superior Court judge.

 

The home was purchased by Erin and William Etheredge in 2009. The couple enlisted the services of architect and historic preservationist Lane Greene to plan for the sensitive rehabilitation of the home. Tour goers will be especially interested in the two-foot-thick stone walls on the basement level, the heart pine floors, period furnishings, and the original painting of the home by Gone With the Wind historical advisor Wilbur Kurtz.