Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center


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

P1030890 for webThe 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

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Women’s Work

A Survey of Handmade Textiles from Cherokee County
January 14 – May 16, 2015



This exhibit  celebrates the craftsmanship and artistry used by the women and men of Cherokee County to create these local heirlooms.  The textiles displayed include household items such as quilts, coverlets, crocheted bedspreads and tablecloths, decorative doilies and pillowcases, etc.  Handmade clothing is also featured, including women’s blouses, bonnets, chemises, pantaloons and aprons from the 1800s, several heirloom christening gowns, baby booties, and girls’ dresses from the 1920s.  Skills used to produce the textiles include spinning, dying, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery, tatting, crochet, knitting, leather work, and even a hat and purse made from cornhusks.

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