Presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Bluffs Conference Center | 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114

Tickets are $25 | Cash Bar

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Join us for our 24th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet showcasing historic preservation success stories around Cherokee County. We will be awarding the second Judson W. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as our annual Volunteer of the Year award. Our exciting program will be from Julie Arnold, Senior Associate in the Historic Preservation Practice Area of Lord Aeck Sargent on three preservation projects – Hardman Farm, the Chesser Williams House, and the Jones Building.
Hardman Farm is the former summer home of Georgia governor, Lamartine Hardman, which illustrates the symbiotic relationship between preservation and sustainability. With all of the current focus on green building technologies, Hardman Farm is a great example of how the greenest building is an existing building. The Chesser Williams House in Gwinnett County is a plantation plains house that has incredible folk art painted detailing. Remarkably, some of the exterior painting is still visible today and the interior painting was recently conserved. Currently, under construction, the Jones Mercantile Building, is being restored back to its appearance in the 1930’s. The presentation will touch on the conditions encountered as well as the decisions and processes being implemented for the restoration.

The Cherokee County Historical Society hosts numerous programs, fundraisers, and events throughout the year. All of the proceeds from our fundraisers and events benefit our educational programs and exhibits. Please read below to learn about our yearly programs and contact us if you’d like to be involved in planning or if you’d like to attend.

Educational Programs

Bi-Monthly History Programs

mayor meeting 2These programs are held at the Rock Barn in February, June, August, and October. The March and December programs are the Historic Preservation Awards Banquet and the Annual Holiday Party, respectively. The meetings at the Rock Barn are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Topics for these history programs have covered gold panning, local archaeology, city planning, and other discussions on aspects of local history.

Historic Preservation Awards Banquet

Roberts StoreEvery March, the Cherokee County Historical Society honors historic property owners for their outstanding work in historic preservation. The Society feels that it is important for communities to retain and honor these historic sites, because it gives residents a sense of place – which is critical in maintaining a unique identity in suburban Atlanta.  The awards are given to encourage and educate the community about the benefits of protecting Cherokee County’s unique history.

The next Historic Preservation Awards Banquet will be Friday, March 20, 2015.

Temporary Exhibits at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center P1030889

The Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center hosts temporary exhibits three times a year. Previous exhibits include: Liquid Gold: Moonshine in Cherokee County, African-American Community History in Cherokee County, What We Wore: Mid-Century Women’s Fashion, and A Fighting Spirit: Cherokee County in World War II.


All of the fundraisers for the Historical Society benefit our educational programs, exhibits, and provide for the housing and care of our permanent collections.

Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn

The Cherokee County Historical Society hosts the Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn, a fundraiser supporting educational programs on the first Saturday in May each year. This entertaining event features gourmet food, open bar, silent auction, pony pull betting, bourbon tasting, and a competitive hat parade and contest.  The event begins at 3:30pm and concludes with the crowd watching the Run for the Roses on big screen TVs.  Tickets are $60 and may be purchased here or by calling 770.345.3288. The Rock Barn is located at 658 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114.



The American Girl Tea Party is held in June at the Rock Barn. It is the perfect opportunity for children and their parents to come a fancy tea party with real china and pink tablecloths. There are also door and raffle prizes and a trivia game! Grandparents are welcome, too!



Tour of Homes

The Historical Society offers an annual Historic Homes Tour in different locations in Cherokee County. Tours are generally held in the fall. Please call 770-345-3288 for more information.





Membership Events

DSC_2530Annual Membership Picnic

The annual membership picnic is a chance for the members and supporters of the Historical Society to come together for fellowship and great food! There is a long-standing joke that the best chefs live in Cherokee County and the very best are members of the Historical Society. The picnic is also generally held at an historic site in Cherokee County.  If you’d like to join and attend, please give us a call at 770.345.3288 or purchase your membership online at the store!

 Annual Holiday Party at the Rock Barn

DSC_0030The annual holiday party is another great opportunity to learn more about the Historical Society and its members. This event is held the first Tuesday of December at the Rock Barn. If you’d like to join and attend, please give us a call at 770.345.3288 or purchase your membership online at the store!