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When talking to Rita Pritchard, proprietress of The 1902 Stock Exchange & Public Square Opera House, you quickly understand that this small town she discovered in 1991, and the beautiful building located on this corner, is something that has, since then, almost consumed her life.   Looking for a place to relocate her Cobb County antiques shop she found Adairsville.

Adairsville's Historic Public Square had seen better days, as had the N. C. Anderson Building.  It was built in 1902, had been vacant for many years, and during that time it had been ravaged by weather and time.  Rita, being a woman of vision, looked beyond the visible scars to see ornate woodwork and pressed-metal ornaments and became a first-time and die-hard restorationist. The restoration was extensive, but the labor was fruitful and in 1994 she opened The 1902 Stock Exchange.  I'm glad she did.

The 1902 Stock Exchange is filled with interesting and wonderful treasures.  You will enjoy shopping inside of this historic building with its exposed masonry and massive archways.  Inside you will find a gallery shops offering Victorian accessories, collectibles, fine linens and lace, baby gifts and christening gowns, china, crystal, silver, antique wedding dresses, Civil War collectibles, military weapons, antique furniture and reproductions, Coke collectibles, handmade Christmas decorations, antique toys, prints, paintings and much more.


Maggie Mae's Tea Room

You will also find Maggie Mae's Tea Room located downstairs near the back of the gallery shops. The décor is pleasant and the aromas of imported tea and coffee are enticing. The tea room fare includes a chicken salad plate, three kinds of quiche and one hot daily special. Top off your lunch with a choice specialty dessert such as hummingbird cake, turtle cheese cake or scrumptious pie.  Now, doesn't that sound like a much more pleasant meal than one of those fast-food places that line the interstate?

The Public Square Opera House

Upstairs at the 1902 Stock Exchange you will find The Public Square Opera House.  In this intimate setting Rita presents period plays throughout the year.  You will want to check with Rita to find out what is playing next.  And, if you are in the area over the Christmas holidays, you will want to be sure to put their Christmas performance on your calendar.

The Opera House is also available for wedding receptions.  And, the beautiful curved staircase is a wonderful location for that lasting wedding shot of the bride and groom.  A wedding consultant is available to assist bridal parties with their plans. 

Additionally, the Opera House is a fine location for  business meetings and other special gatherings.  For buffet-style meals, 150 guests can be seated and for receptions, 300 people can be accommodated.  There is also a more private room that can be reserved for bridal brunches, showers and business lunches for up to 14 people.
Check The 1902 Stock Exchange or Contact them by email for additional information. 

The 1902 Stock Exchange
124 Public Square
Adairsville, GA 30103
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.  All major credit cards accepted.  
Maggie Mae's lunch is served Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Directions: Adairsville is centrally located between Atlanta and Chattanooga on Interstate 75. Take the Adairsville Exit (#306), go west on GA 140 one mile, go through traffic light, then ˝ mile ahead turn left onto Main Street. The historic Public Square is one mile ahead on the right.

Date this page was last edited: Saturday, August 02, 2008 17:10:43

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