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The River Line Historic Area embraces historic and natural resources West of the Chattahoochee River to unite the community as a place of distinction linking Vinings, Smyrna, and Mableton, Georgia

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Hearing Delayed until 

December 19 at 9 am

The Providence subdivision is a 145-acre gated housing development located in the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield.  There is a 6 acre parcel containing 2 Civil War Forts and significant trench line deemed worthy of preservation by an archaeology survey.  This site adjacent to the club house is currently threatened by Pulte Homes development.  The River Line Historic Area recommends the entire 6 acre site remain in its natural state as a historic nature preserve in perpetuity and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

Please sign the neighborhood petition to preserve the 6 acres.

Please attend the 9 am December 19, 2017 Cobb County Board of Commissioners

 Zoning hearing to support preservation of these time-capsule remains of our American History.  The hearing is held on the 2nd floor of the Cobb County Government Building at 100 Cherokee St., Marietta, GA 30090 on Marietta Square.  Wear green for green space and a Preservation for Providence badge.

Since this case as been postponed 3 times, it is advisable to RSVP your attendance to, so we can alert you of any advance notice of rescheduling.

Along with an email alert, we will post

notice on this web site, so check it Tuesday morning

before your trip to the hearing.

Contact Roberta Cook for more information and

see our Neighborhood Page for a link

to the Pulte Homes application.

October 7 Update

Pulte Homes took a step in the right direction

 this week by filing a revised development site plan

with Cobb County.  Along with the Civil War trench,

they now show the 2 Forts on the plan, but

using insufficient 25' buffers around the earthworks.

Whatever Pulte builds will involve tree clear-cutting

and mass grading, which dramatically alters

the topography and character of the land,

diminishing the surrounding view shed of

the historic site and visitor experience.


Shoupade Park

4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna 30080 

(near Fort Drive intersection)

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 

12pm – 4pm

Free escorted tours by Civil War Historian,

Michael Shaffer


Explore the future nearby Silver Comet Trail alignment



 Do you live in

The River Line Historic Area?

click here for map

All contiguous 40 acre land lots

west of the Chattahoochee River

with River Line earthworks on the

Cobb County Civil War

 trench inventory map

 are included in

The River Line Historic Area.  

The Cherokee Indians occupied

 the land that would become

 Cobb County during the

1832 land lottery,

then populated by

 European farmers

 and evolving into the

diverse culture of today.

 click here to see RLHA

neighborhoods of distinction 





The Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield Preservation Plan 



Last Public Meeting, July 8, 2014

South Cobb Community Center

620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton, GA 30126


Where is the

Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield?

 This project is sponsored by the

 Mableton Improvement Coalition

 funded with a grant from the

National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program


Contact Information

for access to the Preservation Plan. 



The Shoupades 

A Worldwide Exclusive!

Model of a Shoupade fortification

 The River Line Historic Area

 derives its name from

The Chattahoochee River Line,

a 6 to 7 mile line of

Civil War trenches and forts 

along the Chattahoochee River.
    The River Line

 is particularly significant

 due to its unique fortifications called


a worldwide exclusive

to Cobb County

designed by

Confederate Brigadier General

Francis A. Shoup.




 Cynthia Patterson, who played an
instrumental role in advocating for the
$40M funding and implementation
of the overdue
2008 Park Bond
speaks to the 
Cobb County Board of Commissioners
about saving the
Providence Subdivision's
6 acres of historic green space next to
the Club House.

Other Business Hearing
on December 19, 2017

<--- Sign the Petition
Attend the Hearing



Want Trails?

Be a trail advocate leader for

The River Line Historic Area

contact us

Join our Connect the Comet friends who advocate for completion of the 

Silver Comet Trail through

The River Line Historic Area

 with a connection to 

Atlanta's BeltLine.

Sign the petition & attend the next meeting on September 10, 2017.


Cobb County Parks Bond Program

Buying Land for
Passive Parks
Reinstatement from 2008

Several properties in The River Line
Historic Area were nominated last year
for land acquisition. It is unknown whether
any of them will be selected for purchase by
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

Visit the
web site for information and
action items to help reinstate
the $40M Park Bond funding for park land
preservation in Cobb County.

sign at Henderson Rd. & Veterans Memorial Hwy.

Park Bond History

Cobb County voters approved
$40M bond to buy park land
300 plus acres of
Cobb County park land purchased
16 wooded acres in 
The River Line Historic Area
on Henderson Rd. &
Veterans Memorial Hwy.
Cobb County voters again approved
$40M bond to buy passive park land
0 acres of park land purchased
19 wooded acres on Buckner Rd.
was selected for purchase in
The River Line Historic Area,
but funding was delayed due to an
economic downturn.
2016 - 2017
The Cobb Parks Coalition, a park land citizen
advocacy group, formed to rally for revival of the
2008 Park Bond.
The Cobb County Board Commissioners issued 
partial funding of the park bond netting $27.5 million
in April 2017
but the remaining $12.5 million funding
needed to fulfill the $40 million obligation
is yet to be determined.

Visit the Cobb Parks Coalition web site
to sign-up for the newsletter and find out
how you can help.

via the 
November 2008 ballot.