Temporary Museum Exhibit
Temporary Exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum & Visitors Center
Sponsored by Cherokee Tribune, AroundAbout Local Media, Family Life Publications, and Canton Tourism, Inc.
Doughboys and the Home Front: The Great War in Cherokee County honors the centenary of World War I and focuses on the United States’ entry into the war and Cherokee County’s contribution specifically. The exhibit features numerous artifacts including a World War I era pistol carried by Oscar Bishop as well original military records and personal letters.
The exhibit is located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse and will be open through April 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.
As part of the centenary, the Cherokee County Historical Society will also offer a history program on February 21st at the Rock Barn. Ken Myers will discuss the life of the everyday soldier and have several World War I uniforms and other items on display. The display opens at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm. The Rock Barn is located at 658 Marietta Highway, Canton.
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.
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 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 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
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!