Events

  

Sunny Side Up: The Poultry Industry in Cherokee County

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

Sponsored by Karen Smithwick, Chantal & Tommy Bagwell Foundation, Family of Ed Long, Aroundabout Local Media, Family Life Publications, Canton Tourism, Cherokee Tribune

May 24, 2017, Canton, GA: The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of our new temporary exhibit, Sunny Side Up: The Poultry Industry in Cherokee County, in the Cherokee County History Museum on May 24, 2017. The exhibit focuses on the history of an industry that continues to shape Cherokee County today from its humble beginnings as a backyard industry to its heyday when Cherokee County was the “Broiler Producing Capital of the World.”

The exhibit is located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse and will be open through September 2017. 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.

Fundraisers

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.

 

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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

DSC_3624The 2016 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 2017

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!