Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center

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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.

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 sjoyner@rockbarn.org. 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.

                  

                                                                           

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William Grisham

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

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 Clara Bedell

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

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Magnolia Thomas

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

 

 

 

New Temporary Exhibit

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Captured Memories: Cherokee County through the Lens of Buddy Alexander

February 17—June 25, 2016

The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the new temporary exhibit opening in the History Museum on Wednesday, February 17. Captured Memories: Cherokee County through the Lens of Buddy Alexander explores Cherokee County during the 1950s-1970s with images from the popular photographer. The Alexander family donated the expansive collection, consisting of almost 80,000 images, to the Historical Society in 2004. The current exhibit highlights some of Alexander’s favorite subjects, including schools, churches, businesses, and aerial views of the county.

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