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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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 Calendar    The River Line Historic Area






June 2015

News Flash!


Thanks to a National Park Service Grant

awarded to the

 Mableton Improvement Coalition


Two Historic

Cobb County 

Chattahoochee River Line Parks

have been accepted to the

National Register of

Historic Places 


Press Release



Property #1 

Henderson Rd. 

 Howell Mill Dam on Henderson Road

 Henderson Road Picture Album

Henderson Rd Park Concept Plan



Property #2 

Johnston's River Line

Discovery Blvd.

Anchor Fort


Discovery Blvd. Picture Album

Discovery Blvd. Park Concept Plan


Although the National Register properties

 are owned by Cobb County,

they are not yet accessible to the public.

SPLOST funding has been provided for the Johnston's River Line property on Discovery Blvd, so it may be a couple of years before it is ready for visitors.


Relic hunting is prohibited!



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. 




 click here to see RLHA

neighborhoods of distinction 

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.




Contact Information

for access to the


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





Cobb County Parks Bond Program

Buying Land for Parks

Cobb County voters approved $40M
300 plus acres of park land purchased
(16 acres in the Historic Area)

Cobb County voters approved $40M again
0 acres of park land purchased
(19 acres nominated in the Historic Area)

Cobb County delayed the 2008 park bond funding due to the economic downturn and then forgotten. 
With the improved economy, citizens formed the
Cobb Parks Coalition
to motivate Cobb Commissioners to implement the delayed bond referendum.

Over 65% of Cobb Voters approved the Park Bond through the November 2008 ballot. 

When citizens vote FOR an initiative,
there are expectations for its fulfillment.

Visit the
web site for more information
and action items on
the $40M Park Bond.
  • Signup for news
  • Participate in the email campaign
  • Attend Cobb County Commissioner meetings


The Shoupades 

A Worldwide Exclusive!

The Atlanta Preservation Center


The River Line Historic Area

partner for

The Annual

Phoenix Flies Event!

Free escorted Tours of

Shoupade Park

March 12 & 19, 2016

(see calendar for details)


Model of a Shoupade fortification


    The River Line Historic Area

 derives its name from

Johnston's River Line,

a 6 to 7 mile line of

Civil War trenches and forts along the Chattahoochee River 

named after

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston,

who authorized its construction.

    Johnston's River Line

 is particularly significant due to its unique fortifications called Shoupades,

a worldwide exclusive to Cobb County designed by Confederate Brigadier General Francis A. Shoup.