Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center


North Georgia History Begins at the Cherokee County History Museum and 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.

The History Museum and CCHS office will be closed November 26, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, 2016. 

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

Installation 1

Our Evolving Landscape
A Visual History of Cherokee County
September 30-January 30. Wed-Fri 10-5; Sat 10-3.     770.345.3288

This exhibit shows the progression of Cherokee County’s historic buildings through the years, focusing on preservation by highlighting the sites that have been saved, as well as those that we have lost. We encourage visitors to participate in the “This Place Matters” campaign from the National Trust for Historic Preservation by taking photos of historic places significant to them and posting them on our Cherokee County Historical Society Facebook page. Be sure to use the hashtags #thisplacematters and#preservecherokee!

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