History, Heritage and Arts

In Ball Ground

Gibbs Gardens: Visitors will experience “the harmony of nature” as they stroll through 16 world-class gardens. The seamless integration of nature and artistic design provides a breathtaking canvas for four feature gardens including the nation’s largest Japanese Garden, over 20 million daffodils in the spring and 140 varieties of waterlilies from spring to fall. Enjoy monthly special events and an exquisite gift store in a pristine setting with 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, 19 waterfalls, natural springs and artistically designed gardens. Open March – mid December. Admission fee. 770.893.1881
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Additional Points of Interest

fotoRobertsHouseA.W. Roberts House: An example of the changing architecture in the South from the mid 19th to early 20th centuries, the original portion of the home dates back to 1855.  On the National Register of Historic Properties. (Private)
fotoTaliwaBattle of Taliwa: Marker noting the site of this major mid-1700’s Cherokee-Creek Indian battle is located in downtown Ball Ground.  This turn of the century downtown area has changed little since the 1920’s, now boasting shops and restaurants. Several historic homes and sites are within walking distance.

In Canton

fotoCCAC Cherokee Arts Center: The Cherokee Arts Center offers all aspects of art in one location! Stroll through the gallery celebrating local and regional artists, enjoy a variety of musical and theatrical performances or learn a new skill with the array of classes for children and adults! Housed in a historic downtown Canton building, the Center also hosts the Annual Canton Festival of the Arts and the North Georgia Art Ramble. 770.704.6244.
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fotoHistoricCourthouseCherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center: Learn about Cherokee County’s past from before the time of the Cherokee Indians through the 21st century! The museum features movies, interactive iPad presentations, exhibits, and artifacts from the collections of the Cherokee County Historical Society.
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CherokeeTheatreCherokee County Theatre Company: Founded in 1986, the Cherokee County Theatre Company offers high quality live theatre throughout the year at the Historic Canton Theatre. 770-704-6244
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fotoGaCemeteryGeorgia National Cemetery: Located off GA Hwy. 20 in Canton, this is the Department of Veteran Affairs 123rd cemetery which includes 775 acres with over 88,000 grave-sites and is slated to serve veterans’ needs for the next 50 years. As a tribute to our armed forces, there is no charge for service members, veterans, spouses, and their minor children to be buried in a national cemetery. 770.479.9300
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fotoCantonTheatreHistoric Canton Theatre: The Historic Canton Theatre, which was once used for screening movies, is now primarily a performance theater yet is also available for special events.  Owned and operated by the City of Canton, the Canton Theater offers a full season of drama productions as well as popular movies from days gone by on the big screen. 770.704.0755. Check the marquee to see what’s showing.
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fotoTanglewoodTanglewood Farm: Visit a 10-acre Wild West Town with more than 100 inhabitants – all of them miniature farm animals! In addition to petting and feeding the animals, children can enjoy pony rides, hayrides, seasonal arts and crafts demonstrations, panning for gold and arrowheads. Admission fee. 770.667.6464
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Additional Points of Interest

fotoRockbarnCrescent Farm Historical Center: Restored rock barn, once home to world class race horses, is maintained by the Cherokee County Historical Society and is available for private events. On the National Register of Historic Places.
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fotoCantonSquareCanton Public Square: Marker noting the creation of Cherokee County in 1832 from Cherokee Indian lands with our community being named in their honor. Early settlers tried to start silk production, but were not successful, and today there remains no trace of this except the City of Canton named perhaps for the Chinese silk center. Located on the square in front of the Historic Courthouse. 
fotoGoldCherokee Gold: Marker noting mines extending southwesterly across the county including the Sixes Nine, worked earlier by the Cherokee. After the 1860′s, most gold mining operations in the county slowed or ceased. At the Historic Courthouse.
fotoFtBuffFt. Buffington: Fort Buffington was built in the 1830′s by local militia and was one of about 25 stockades in the Cherokee Indian Nation used by Federal and State troops during the Cherokee Removal in 1838. In May and June 1838, 7,000 soldiers forced over 15,000 Cherokee Indians from their homes and held them in the stockades until a move west could take place. In Cherokee County, 950 were sent from Fort Sixes and 450 from Fort Buffington. Located at the former Buffington Elementary School site on GA Hwy. 20, east of I-575.
fotoSixesMillGresham’s Mill: Site of an early Cherokee settlement and later a gold mine in the early 1830′s. This was also a military removal encampment for the Georgia Militia during the “Trail of Tears” in 1838. Mills were an important part of early Cherokee County, and one has stood on this site for over 100 years. Located west of I-575 on Sixes Rd.
fotoBrownsParkJoseph E. Brown Park: Born in 1821 in South Carolina, Joseph E. Brown grew up in Georgia where he taught school and read law at night. He was elected State Senator, Judge of the Superior Court, and Governor during the Civil War. His Canton home stood near the current park. On Marietta Street adjacent to Canton City Hall.
fotoRiverviewRiverview Cemetery: One of the county’s oldest historic cemeteries and final resting place of many pioneer citizens and their descendants. Many lovely markers are carved from marble quarried locally. Downtown, behind the Arts Center and Historic Courthouse.

In Holly Springs

fotoHSDepotOld Train Depot: Once the hub of commerce for Holly Springs in the early 1900′s, now the renovated station serves as a community meeting facility. 770.345.5536
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In Waleska

Funk Heritage CenterFunk Heritage Center: A must see for groups and individuals of all ages, the Funk Heritage Center located on the campus of Reinhardt University in Waleska is Georgia’s official Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center and is certified as a site on the National Park Service Trail of Tears. The museum features interactive exhibits, educational films, contemporary Native American art and the Sellers Collection of Antique Hand Tools, which includes thousands of tools dating from as early as the 17th century. Walking trails, picnic area and a great gift shop are also available for your enjoyment. 770.720.5970
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FPAC-wind-ensemble-0386Falany Performing Arts Center: The Falany Performing Arts Center, located on the beautiful campus of Reinhardt University in Waleska, offers a wide variety of entertainment for audiences of all ages. The Center has hosted a variety of events, from theatrical productions, chamber groups, student productions and recitals, and popular ensembles such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The main attraction of this concert hall is its state-of-the-art acoustic and tunable stage. Known as one of the best concert halls in the Southeast, guests will enjoy exceptional performances in an intimate concert hall, which seats 350.  With great seating, free and convenient parking, and local amenities, guests of the Falany no longer need to drive to the city to experience phenomenal live performing arts. Season tickets, as well as tickets to a series or an individual performance, are available. 770-720-9167
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indiaReinhardt University Cultural & Education Programs: Each year, Reinhardt focuses a number of cultural, artistic and educational programs on a specific region or county.  The Year of India has been chosen for 2014-2015. For details watch the University calendar at www.reinhardt.edu/calendar.
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In Woodstock

DeansStoreWoodstock Visitors Center/Dean’s Store: “Where yesterday lives and tomorrow waits.” Located on the corner of Main Street in historic Woodstock, Dean’s store provides an eclectic blend of history with a visitor’s center, museum, art gallery, literary lounge and gathering place, all within one store. Whether traveling through town or just wanting learn the history of Woodstock, Dean’s Store provides a mix of everything from past to present. 770.924.0406
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imgElmStreetElm Street Cultural Arts Village: Woodstock’s thriving arts village offers performances, instruction and exhibits year round. Located adjacent to Main Street Woodstock, there are opportunities to participate on stage or attend something new every month. 678.494.4251.
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