Cartersville is a vibrant city located in the rolling hills just north of Atlanta. Established in 1850, the city has a significant amount of history. Most of the area surrounding Cartersville was affected by Sherman’s “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. The County Seat, at the time, was in nearby Cassville which was largely destroyed by Sherman. Cartersville suffered little damage in comparison and became the new County Seat for the newly named Bartow County. The County was named after Col. Francis S. Bartow of Savannah, who died in the First Battle of Manassas early in the Civil War.
The city is the site of the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site. Dating from 1000 A.D., the mounds are the remnant of the Native American culture that inhabited the Cartersville area. These mounds were used between 1000-1500 A.D. The site of the mounds is a state park complete with a museum where artifacts and exhibits related to the culture can be viewed. Also located in Cartersville is the Weinman Mineral Museum that features more than 2,000 specimens of rock, gems and minerals in 3 exhibit halls. Native American artifacts and fossils can be seen there as well.
Furthermore, Cartersville is the home of Reverend Sam P. Jones, a famous evangelist of the 1880s. Jones’ home, Roselawn, has since been restored to its appearance at the turn of the century and is a county operated museum today. The museum explains the lives of the Reverend, his family and some of their contemporaries. Roselawn is located on 5 acres with a smokehouse, schoolhouse and magnificent carriage house.
There are several places within Historic Downtown Cartersville that have had a significant impact on the city, including the Grand Theatre, the Booth Western Art Museum and the Bartow History Center. The "Grand" is a cultural centerpiece of the area. The Grand Theatre opened in 1910 but was destroyed by fire in 1923. The theatre re-opened in 1924 as a movie theater, then closed in 1977. The theatre opened again in 1989, and has since been used for musicals, plays, dance performances, concerts and civic events. The Booth Western Art Museum is 120,000 square feet of extraordinary Contemporary Western American art; along with large galleries devoted to Western illustration, a collection of Presidential letters and portraits, Western movie posters and contemporary Civil War art. The museum also has a theater that shows an orientation film every 20 minutes, a presentation theater that seats 140, a café, museum store and members lounge. The Bartow History Center located downtown, documents the history of Bartow County through hands-on exhibits, as well as engaging lectures, workshops and programs.
Cartersville is located on the Etowah River with Lake Allatoona nearby. Lake Allatoona is a 12,000 acre lake that has numerous areas for picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, skiing and swimming. Lake Allatoona is also Cartersville’s source of water. In addition, Red Top Mountain State Park is located on a peninsula of Lake Allatoona. The park has a lodge, conference center, restaurant, golf course, camping sites, rental cottages, tennis courts, and hiking trails.
Recreational and cultural opportunities abound in Cartersville. Recreation facilities include gymnasiums, a gymnastics facility, the city civic center and numerous parks throughout the community. The City of Cartersville’s Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs for youth and adults, consisting of tennis, gymnastics, aerobics, baseball, cheerleading, football, soccer, basketball and swimming. The City’s prominent park is Dellinger Park. The 111 acre facility features tennis courts, athletic fields, an Olympic size swimming pool, and a 2 mile walking/jogging path with lush wooded acreage, a lake and gazebo. Milam Farm, 237 acres the city acquired in June 2000, is also used for recreation. The master plan for the property includes a 3 mile trail that will wrap around the entire 237 acres. So far 1.5 miles of the trail have been built, and the trail is expected to be completed in summer 2005 with 2,800 feet on the Etowah River and 2 river overlook platforms. Additionally, in late 2002 the city acquired 226 acres, the Pine Mountain property located on the east side of the city. This property now offers over 3 miles of strenuous hiking trails.
These are just a few of things that make Cartersville so appealing. There are several other attractions to the city. Hopefully, this web site provides some insight into what the city of Cartersville has to offer and why those that live and work here are so proud. If planning a trip to the area or if you are fortunate to be thinking about relocating to the area, we encourage you to use this site as your “front door” to our city. Thank you for your interest in the City of Cartersville.