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The museum is located in this old brick building but it’s been fully renovated and is nice inside.
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Bartow History Museum

4 East Church Street, Cartersville, GA 30120
Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00
770-382-3818 Under a day
April 2011 All year
$0-9 Cartersville Georgia
Website Educational History Museums
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The Bartow History Museum was established in 1987. In 2010 it moved into the historic 1869 Bartow County Courthouse in downtown Cartersville. The museum relays the history of Bartow County from the 1800s through World War II.

Bartow County is located northwest of Atlanta. It was formed from lands seized from the Cherokee Nation in 1832. The county was named for Francis Bartow, a Confederate war hero who died at the First Battle of Bull Run. Up to the US Civil War, Bartow County was primarily a farming and cotton producing area. Large scale destruction from the war wrecked the economy. The county gradually recovered after the war and diversified into light industries and textiles. The Great Depression caused more hardship and dislocation in the area. Following World War II, the growth and sprawl of Atlanta reached Bartow County. Rapid population growth and development took place here from 1990-2010.

The museum includes displays of the county’s history: a Cherokee exhibit, pioneer cabin, antebellum mansion and small shops. Two somewhat unusual exhibits include an early 1900s dentist office and a 1950s beauty saloon. Historical interviews of local residents are offered to provide a Bartow perspective of the times and major events. Overall the museum is marginally interesting. If you have a free hour and really like history, some of the exhibits, such as historical uniforms, are worth a look. However, for most people the time spent at Bartow would be better spent at the nearby Booth Museum, which has a much more impressive and extensive collection. The Bartow Museum offers bimonthly lectures; a schedule is listed on their website.
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