Need a reason to visit Cartersville, Georgia? We’ve got 17.
By Hope S. Philbrick
From art to volleyball, there’s much to see and do in Cartersville, Georgia.
Here are 17 compelling reasons to visit the community located about 90 minutes north of Atlanta.
We’re sure you’ll discover more.
Historic Downtown Cartersville…
Every day 50 freight trains roll through Downtown Cartersville. The 1854 train depot survived the Civil War and now houses a Welcome Center (1 Friendship Plaza, 770-607-3480). Stop by for information and friendly recommendations tailored to your specific interests.
Young Brother’s Pharmacy (2 W. Main St., 770-382-4010) is home to the world’s first outdoor painted advertisement for Coca-Cola, which was added to the exterior wall in 1894. Snap a photo then step inside for Coke memorabilia.
There are three courthouses in Cartersville. The first, built in 1869 and visible from the pharmacy under the bridge, now houses the Bartow History Museum (4 E. Church St., 770-387-2774). From Native Americans to pioneers, Civil War to present day, discover 200 years of county history.
The Booth Western Art Museum (501 Museum Dr., 770-387-1300), a Smithsonian affiliate, houses the nation’s largest collection of Western American art. Sculptures, paintings, photos and more depict Native Americans, cowboys, landscapes and other iconic scenes. Don’t miss the Presidential Gallery, the only collection of handwritten or hand-signed letters from every American President from Washington to Obama.
Rose Lawn Museum (224 W. Cherokee Ave., 770-387-5162) is the former home of evangelist Reverend Sam P. Jones, for whom Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium was built. Now a grand Victorian mansion, in 1895 the original two-story cottage was raised to build another story underneath. Tours showcase architecture, antiques, stained glass, fretwork and stories. Also onsite find a one-room schoolhouse, smokehouse, carriage house and garden planted with over 230 heritage roses.
Georgia’s oldest restaurant without a telephone is Carterville’s 4-Way Lunch (Main & Gilmer St.)
A Short Drive Away…
Tellus Science Museum (100 Tellus Dr., 770-606-5700), a Smithsonian affiliate, reveals facts from the stars in the sky to the fossils buried deep in the earth. Minerals, fossils and transportation are exhibited. A digital planetarium offers an insightful look at the skies.
Find adventure and history at Allatoona Pass Battlefield, part of Red Top Mountain State Park (Old Allatoona Rd. SE). Hike flat roads or steep trails past Civil War entrenchments, with history detailed on plaques and monuments as Lake Allatoona peeks through the trees.
Native Americans lived at the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site (Indian Mounds Rd., 770-387-3747) between 1000 and 1550 A.D. The most intact Mississippian culture site in the southeast is comprised of six earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits, defensive ditch and museum displaying artifacts from shell beads to stone effigies.
The largest camel herd in Georgia lives at Carterville’s Pettit Creek Farms (337 Cassville Rd., 770-386-8688).
George Washington Carver State Park, maintained by the Cartersville-Bartow CVB, is just one of several points on a new Black History Trail that also includes the gravesite of First Lady Michele Obama’s great-great-great grandmother.
Old Car City USA (3098 Highway 411 NE in White, Ga.; 770-380-6141) is a one-of-a-kind junk yard with hiking trails and abundant photo ops. It’s billed as “the world’s largest known classic car junkyard.” It’s also home to the only Styrofoam cup art gallery on the East Coast.
Stretch your legs and be rewarded great views at the Pine Mountain Recreation Area.
Cartersville-Bartow County CVB
5450 State Route 20 at I-75 Exit 290 West
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