Atlanta to Cartersville 44 miles Northwest – From Interstate 75 take exit 288
Cartersville is in Bartow County and was first known as Birmingham to its original English settlers. Cartersville was named for Colonel Farish Carter, a wealthy landowner. The town was incorporated as Cartersville in 1854. Cartersville was designated the county seat following the destruction of Cassville during the Civil War by Sherman. Union soldiers destroyed the city during the war, the city rebuilt and was incorporated again in 1872.
The city has several blocks of buildings on both sides of the railroad tracks. There are several nice stores and several restaurants downtown. There is a lot to do in Cartersville, pick up some brochures about the town at the Welcome Center in the Train Depot. I like Cartersville and I plan to return, they have hiking trails and a wake board park I want to check out.
Booth Western Art Museum – If you love art and history, check out the Western Art Museum. The building is very modern and the paintings and sculptures are really wonderful. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian. 501 Museum Dr.
Bartow History Museum (picture below) – the museum is small but the exhibits are interesting and informative. The Museum is next to the Booth Western Art Museum. 4 E. Church St.
Tellus Science Museum (picture below) – this takes a while to go through. There is a fossil gallery, with dinosaurs, reptiles and giant mammals. In the Weinman Mineral Gallery see minerals and beautiful gems. Science in Motion explores 100 years of changes in transportation, there is also replicas of the Apollo I capsule, Mercury capsule and a replica of Sputnik. So much more to see, but we ran out of time. – 100 Tellus Dr.
Home of Sam P Jones (Museum) – The plaque in front of the house reads: Sam P Jones was born October 16, 1847, in Oak Bowery, Alabama; he moved to Cartersville with his parents in 1856. After his admission to the Georgia Bar in 1868 he married Laura McElwain. In 1872 he was licensed as a Methodist minister. His national career of evangelism begun in 1884, covered the U.S. and Canada. Dedicated on Christmas day 1885 this house was occupied for twenty-one years by Sam Jones. His public speaking was famous for its pathos and humor while his gospel was loved for its appeal. He died on October, 15, 1906. – 224 W. Cherokee Ave. On National Register of Historic Places.
Train Depot – Although the roadbed to Cartersville had been graded before 1840, the railroad remained uncompleted for another 6 years. The town of Cartersville almost did not get a station, with Etowah Station and the city of Cassville so close. During the Civil War Union soldiers burned the city and tried to destroy the depot, a significant portion of the original building remained standing. Both Cassville and Etowah (the town near Etowah Station) were destroyed as well. In 1868 the state legislature moved the county seat from Cassville to Cartersville, and the depot began to play an important role in everyday life of the city and the surrounding area.
Young Brothers Pharmacy – The sign on the east wall of the pharmacy has been authenticated by the Coca-Cola Company as the first outdoor painted-wall advertisement for Coca-Cola, it dates to 1894. Inside the pharmacy visitors can see photographs of the restoration (the sign was buried under 25 layers of paint). 2 W. Main St.
Etowah Indian Mound – Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D. the 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast. There is also a museum with artifacts –813 Indians Mounds Rd. SW
Coopers Day Furnace – the road to the Park runs beside the river when you enter the park the remnants of the old furnace is next to the entry. 1052 Old River Rd. SE
The historic marker reads: The remnants of an old iron furnace built by Moses Stroup are all that remain of Cooper´s Iron Works, developed by Mark Anthony Cooper, pioneer industrialist, politician, and farmer. Cooper was born in 1800 near Powelton, Ga. Graduating from S.C. College (now the University of S.C.) in 1819, he was admitted to the bar in 1821 and opened a law office in Eatonton. A member of the Ga. Legislature in 1855, he later served in the 26th Congress, filled a vacancy in the 27th, and was reelected to the 28th. Resigning to run for Governor in 1843, Cooper was defeated by George W. Crawford and retired from politics.Cooper bought an interest in the furnace then owned by Stroup, and in 1847 he and Leroy M. Wiley bought Stroup out. Cooper´s plants, including a nail factory, rolling-mill, and flour mill, were destroyed by Sherman´s army. Cooper and Strop were incorporators of the Etowah Railroad, completed to the rolling-mill in 1858. A yard engine of this road, the “Yonah”, was involved in the famous chase of the “General” in April, 1862. Cooper, the first president of the Ga. Agricultural Society, a trustee of Mercer University, the University of Ga., and the Cherokee Baptist College, died in 1885 at his home, “Glen Holly”.
Red Top Mountain State Park – Located on Allatoona Lake, this popular Georgia State Park offers 18 cottages, group picnic shelters, 90 tent and RV sites plus hiking trails, swimming areas, boat ramps and docks, putt-putt golf, fishing areas, and tennis courts. 50 Lodge Road