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

The museum and visitors center will be closed on Saturday, May 17th.  Regular hours will resume Wednesday, May 21st.

DSC_4800At the Races: Dixie Speedway
April 16 – July 26, 2014

Dixie Speedway in Woodstock has been entertaining racing fans for 45 years. First opened in 1969 as a dirt track, it was paved for a time and then converted back to dirt. Racing legend Bud Lunsford and Cherokee County businessman Max Simpson were among the early owners and operators. For the greatest part of its existence, Dixie has been operated by the Mickey Swims family. Some of the drivers who have raced at Dixie include Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Scott Bloomquist, and Charlie Mincey. The exhibit features a pictorial history of the Speedway, as well as information about the drivers and the Swims family.

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