Interesting Facts about Cherokee County, GA

I’ve been living in Cherokee Couny for more than a decade and find the area to be one of the abest areas to live in the Greater Atlanta Area.

I’ve always had an interest in history and find the past very interesting. Since I moved here from the the Fulton County area, this place has some interesting history that has been hidden right under people’s noses.

  • Cherokee County was originally more like territory and was part of the Cherokee Land Lottery of 1822. It covered most of the northwest area of GA back in 1834 then later divided to make the counties that we now have today.
  • The unfortunate history of the area, is the Trail of Tears and the removal of the Cherokee people. Which is ironic for the county is named after them.
  • Mining was a significant source of revenue from gold, quartz, granite, marble, iron, talc and titanim.
  • The Cherokee County Historical Society is very active to save some of the buildings and history of the county, which was founded in 1975.
  • During the Great Depression (1930’s) while two-thirds of GA’s bank failed, Cherokee Couny had none.

Woodstock, Georgia

  • Woodstock was still unincorporated until 1897 while it was first settled between 1825 and 1830
  • An early school was started in 1880 called the Woodstock Academy where students paid $150 to $3.00 a months to attend.
  • There use to be another Woodstock, Georgia but their named changed sometime in 1800’s. The other Woodstock, GA name was changed for less confusion to Philomath. (Philomath means a place of learning.)
  • In 1917, there were only 2, yes two, graduates from the senior class of Woodstock High School.
  • Little River Academy was a

Canton, Georgia

Canton has some unknown history to the local community.

  • Early settlers chose the area and named it Etowah in 1833.
  • In 1833, Etowah changed to Cherokee Courthouse.
  • Then in 1841 changed to Canton, after a Chinese city called Guangzhou.

During 1840’s this Chinese city was known as Canton in English pronounced can tahn. This was selected because the locals wanted to be the center of the silk industry. That dream did not happen but it did become a manufacturing hub in the area.

There is a several mile long gold band in Cherokee County.

Talcum powder is made from Talc mines that were throughout the area.

Holly Springs

  • Named after a natural spring surrounded by holly trees.


  • Named afer daughter of an Indian chief, Warluskee.

Ball Ground

  • Named afer a game that was played between Creek and Cherokee Indians. It was a game that is similar to lacrosse and played near large fields and freshwater in the area
  • Home to Feather’s Edge Vineyards.
  • Take vintage air plane rides.


  • This town is split between Cherokee and Paulding County.
  • The quality of Nelson’s marble mines has made it highly favorable for federal monuments.
  • Stone cutters from Italy or Scotland migrated here.