Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center

***The History Museum remains closed at this time***

Due to an abundance of caution, the Cherokee County History Museum will be closed but the Museum Store and Visitors’ Center is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 AM – 3 PM. Research appointments are available Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Please schedule your appointment with us by calling 770. 345. 3288.

We do request that you wear a mask when visiting and we appreciate your participation. We apologize for the inconvenience but the health and safety of our community and volunteers comes first. Thank you for understanding.

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

The Museum is located at:

221 East Marietta Street
Canton, GA 30114
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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.

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

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