Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center

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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.

CLOSED DECEMBER 24, 25, 31 AND JANUARY 1

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.

                  

                                                                           

William Grisham sepia

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.

Clara Bedell sepia

 

 

 Clara Bedell

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

Magnolia Thomas sepia

Magnolia Thomas

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

 

 

 

New Temporary Exhibit

 

exhibit 1Cherokee Voices from the Civil War
August 13 – December 31, 2014

The exhibit focuses on life at home, on the battleground, and from the African-American perspective. The story of Cherokee County during the Civil War is told using quotes and first-hand accounts gleaned from original letters, court documents and publications. A cornerstone of the exhibit will be the series of original letters sent from Pvt. John T. Beavers of the McAfee and Donaldson Guards to his family back in Macedonia. The McAfee and Donaldson Guard Company also take center stage when each visitor will be handed the description of one of the Guard recruits. At the end of the exhibit, the visitor will find out if their soldier survived the war.

Other items on display will be a collection of military artifacts including bullets, shells, gun tools, an artillery bucket, a Confederate cutlass, a Union officer’s sword, rifles and bayonet. Possessions from the soldiers such as canteens, belts, medals, and stirrups will also be displayed; some of the artifacts were found near Pickett’s Mill and Allatoona Pass.

Other items include a surgical kit and doctor’s textbooks, and the original speech from 1861 as presented to the Cherokee Brown Riflemen from the Ladies of Canton as they marched off to war.

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