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County Formed December 21, 1830
County Seat Canton
Incorporated Cities Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska and Woodstock
Total Area 434.32814 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 143831 to its current population estimate of 230985, the county has experienced a growth change of 87154.

Cherokee County, in northwest Georgia, was formed from Cherokee Indian Territory in December 1831, after the discovery of gold in the region in 1828.

The Cherokee Indians were gathered into such settlements as Fort Buffington, east of Canton, before being driven out on the Trail of Tears for present-day Oklahoma in 1838-39.

The county seat, Canton—named for the Chinese city during a short-lived attempt by residents to establish a silk industry—was originally called Etowah, for the Etowah River flowing through the town. 

Points of Interest

Built in downtown Canton in 1993, the Frank C. Mills III Justice Center serves as Cherokee County's courthouse.

Built in 1906, the Rock Barn in Canton was one of only a few rock barns to be constructed in Georgia. The Rock Barn is made of rock quarried from the banks of the Etowah River and originally served as a race horse stable.

Notable Citizens

Some of the notable people who have called Cherokee County home include two state governors, Joseph E. Brown and Joseph M. Brown, and two Rhodes Scholars, Dean Rusk and Eugene Booth. Rusk was the Secretary of State under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and held that office for longer than any other person except Cordell Hull. The world famous golfer Bobby Jones, and singer, writer and pianist, Lee Roy Abernathy, also hail from the county.

Higher Education

Reinhardt College

Annual Events

The Cherokee Indian Festival and Pow Wow, allows visitors to experience Native American entertainment, arts and crafts, music, and food. This event is held annually over the Mother’s Day weekend at Boling Park in Canton.

Ball Ground Heritage Days is an annual celebration of the good ‘ol days with arts, crafts music, food and more, hosted the third weekend in May.

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Lake Allatoona

Crescent Farm, Canton

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