Historic Homes Tour Featuring Canton & Waleska


Friday, October 20, 2017 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tickets are $25, $20 for CCHS members

Tickets bought online after 10/18 will be available at Will Call Pick Up

at the Cherokee County History Museum at 100 North Street, Canton during the tour.

Directions to Reinhardt University from the Historic Courthouse, 100 North Street, Canton 30114

The Cherokee County Historical Society is excited to present the third Historic Homes Tour featuring Canton & Waleska on October 20 & 21. This tour will highlight Canton and Waleska and their unique historic character.

The 2017 tour will showcase six private homes: the Gordy Hospitality House at Reinhardt University, the President’s Home at Reinhardt University, the Hasty Home in Canton, the McManus Home in Canton, the Perkins Home in Canton, and the Wilbanks Home in Canton. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse to visit the Canton sites.

Guests will provide their own transportation to the Reinhardt University homes. Follow directional signs to the Gordy Dining Center parking lot at Reinhardt University at 7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska, GA 30183. The parking lot will be adjacent to the Gordy Hospitality House and the President’s House.

All proceeds benefit the Cherokee County Historical Society and will be used for education and outreach programs.

Tickets can be used either day, however, guests can only visit each house once. In order to receive the member or volunteer discount, tickets will need to be purchased in advance online or at the History Museum & Visitor’s Center. Tickets will be available ahead of time and the day of the tour at the following locations:

Cherokee County History Museum & Visitor’s Center
100 North Street, Ste. 140
Canton, 30114

145 West Main Street
Canton, 30114

Christine’s Creations
8494 Main Street
Woodstock, 30188

Northside Pharmacy, Waleska
6824 Reinhardt College Parkway
Waleska, GA 30183

Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents
6205 Hickory Flat Hwy #106
Canton, GA 30115

Jasper Drug Store
1 North Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143



Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway

Temporary Exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum & Canton Visitors Center

Sponsored by Aroundabout Local Media, Family Life Publications, Cherokee Tribune and the City of Canton

The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of our new temporary exhibit, Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway, in the Cherokee County History Museum. The exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked during in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. “The Museum is fortunate that Mr. Ridgway’s family donated the contents of his home office, along with his extensive map and aerial photograph collection,” said Meghan Quinlan, program manager for the Historical Society. “His aerial photo collection allows visitors to compare Cherokee County during the 1930s and ‘50s to how much we have grown today.”

he exhibit is located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse and will be open through January 2018. The museum is located at 100 North Street, Canton, 30114, and is free and open to the public. The operating hours are Wednesday-Friday from 10 to 5pm and Saturday from 10 to 3pm.



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!