The Cherokee County Historical Society is excited to present the second Historic Canton Tour of Homes on October 21 & 22. This tour will highlight Canton, its unique historic character, as well as promote the rapidly developing downtown. The tour will highlight some of the historic homes in downtown Canton, while encouraging visitors to experience the neighborhood shops and restaurants along Main Street.
The 2016 tour will showcase the interior of four private homes: the McCanless-Jones-Morgan home, the Sparks-Sellers home, the Satterfield home and the Jones-Johnston home. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse to visit all of the sites. The ticket for this event is a brochure that will provide more information about the event and the houses.
This event will enable the Historical Society to bring visitors to downtown Canton and show them the link between Canton’s history and its promising future. All proceeds benefit the Cherokee County Historical Society and will be used for education and outreach programs.
Tour Details: Candlelight Tour on Friday, October 21 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. On Saturday October 21, the tour will run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for Historical Society members until October 14th; $25 for non-members. They may be purchased online here, or by calling 770.345.3288. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please go here to sign up! Volunteers are eligible for an additional discount.
Tickets are also available at the following locations:
Cherokee County History Museum & Visitor’s Center
100 North Street, Ste. 140
Temporary Museum Exhibit
Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
What we wore walking down the aisle
Free Admission at the Cherokee County History Museum
Open Wednesday – Friday, 10AM-5PM. Saturday 10AM-3PM.
100 North St, Ste. 140, Canton, 30114
June 29 – October 29, 2016
The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of our new temporary exhibit in the Cherokee County History Museum on June 29, 2016. Old, New, Borrowed, Blue will feature wedding dresses, photographs, and accessories from women around the county. “We’re excited to display a wide range of wedding styles and dates in this exhibit,” says curator Betsy Trope. She adds that the exhibit will include dresses from the 1920s to the current day, which “gives us a great opportunity to see how our tastes have changed through the years—and also how they’ve stayed the same.”
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.
Bi-Monthly History Programs
These 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
Every 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.
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.
American Girl Tea Party
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!
Holiday Tour of Homes
The 2012 Holiday Tour highlighted Canton and its unique historic character. Canton was founded in 1832 and grew rapidly after the railroad came through in 1879. While downtown Canton has changed considerably during the past 100 years, the historic downtown contains 300 buildings in its National Register Historic District. The Historic Homes Tour showed some of the historic homes and businesses in downtown Canton, while encouraging visitors to experience the neighborhood shops and restaurants along Main Street. This event enables the Historical Society to bring visitors to downtown Canton and show them the link between Canton’s history and its promising future. Please check back in the future to learn about plans for 2015.
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
The 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!