Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center


North Georgia History Begins at the Cherokee County History Museum and Canton Visitors Center.

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The Museum is located at 100 North Street, Suite 140
Canton, GA 30114
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It is open Wednesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and  Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Admission is free.

The Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center is operated by the Cherokee County Historical Society with support from the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. The Historical Society relies on the support of volunteers to staff the Museum; if you are interested in volunteering in the Museum, please contact the Executive Director, Stefanie Joyner, at The small Museum features permanent exhibits about Cherokee County history, including interactive iPad presentations.  In addition, the Historical Society staff presents temporary exhibits on different subjects 3 to 4 times a year.

The Museum also features these short videos about real Cherokee County citizens who have a story to tell. The Historical Society received an Archival Excellence Award from the Georgia Archives for this exhibit.

Cherokee County’s history is filled with rich figures; all with a tale to tell. The following people would like to guide you through the county they knew – the places and people and the events that shaped their lives…click their image to watch the videos.

Little Fourkiller


Little Fourkiller

1838, age 10 years
Shoal Creek
He and his family were forcibly removed along
with over 14,000 Native Americans to Oklahoma
on the Trail of Tears.



William Grisham sepia

William Grisham

1861, age 58
He was one of Canton’s first town commissioners
and postmaster. He also worked as a clerk at the
Dahlonega mint.

Clara Bedell sepia



 Clara Bedell

1902, Age 18
She was the daughter of the sheriff of Canton
and attended Reinhardt Normal School.

Magnolia Thomas sepia

Magnolia Thomas

1930, Age 40
She was a graduate of Spelman Seminary
in Atlanta and she taught school in Woodstock.




New Temporary Exhibit


Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

What we wore walking down the Aisle
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.”

Cherokee County History Museum
100 North Street, Ste. 140; Canton, 30114
Wednesday—Friday 10:00am—5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am—3:00pm
Free Admission