Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn
Held the first Saturday in May in conjunction with the running of the Derby at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn is the Historical Society’s largest fundraiser and a tribute to the Rock Barn’s racing history. 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 online at the store or by calling 770.345.3288.
Temporary Museum Exhibit
Cherokee County through the Lens of Buddy Alexander
Free Admission at the Cherokee County History Museum
100 North St, Ste. 140, Canton, 30114
February 17—June 25, 2016
The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the new temporary exhibit opening in the History Museum on Wednesday, February 17. Captured Memories: Cherokee County through the Lens of Buddy Alexander explores Cherokee County during the 1950s-1970s with images from the popular photographer. The Alexander family donated the expansive collection, consisting of almost 80,000 images, to the Historical Society in 2004. The current exhibit highlights some of Alexander’s favorite subjects, including schools, churches, businesses, and aerial views of the county.
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!