Through interactive exhibits and enlightening programs, Bartow History Museum illustrates the past and present of Georgia’s Bartow County.  Visitors can explore Cherokee and pioneer cabins, sit in a one-room school house, listen to historic voices, and much more.

Permanent Exhibitions

Bartow History Museum focuses on the settlement and development of Bartow County, Georgia, beginning in the early 19th century when the Cherokee still inhabited the area to 1950. Exhibits are broken up between home and industry within this time frame. “Home Life” themed exhibits include Cherokee and Early European settler life, Antebellum life and the Civil War,as well as turn of the century chores and schooling. The “Industry” themed exhibits include the early iron industry, early textile industry, agriculture, arts and crafts, local businesses, and community figures. Notable figures of Bartow County’s history are depicted throughout the museum exhibits.

For more information about our permanent collection themes and programming
call 770-382-3818

Feature Exhibit: “Bridges of Bartow County” 

Rivers, creeks and other waterways have played an integral part in the history of Bartow County. Equally important have been the ways in which we have crossed these waterways over time. Ferries and bridges provided a means of getting to the other side of waterways so that business, travel and other interactions could occur between people on both sides.

On Thursday, October 29, we opened a new feature called “Bridges of Bartow County.” This exhibit includes images and stories pertaining to several historic and existing bridges in Bartow County. There is also a section on bridge builders and the tools that they used.

Exhibit is open from October 29, 2015 until March 12, 2016

Bartow in Pictures Exhibit: Winter


Each year we select 12 images from the thousands preserved in the archives of the museum to feature on our Bartow in Pictures wall. This year’s theme is “Winter,” and features images of the season around Bartow County. The photographs include scenes of children, structures and landscapes, and range from images of snowy days long ago to those of the Blizzard of ’93 and more recent snowstorms. Share your wintertime or snow stories with us while you are here!


Interactive Gallery


Step back in time and touch history by exploring Bartow County’s past through hands-on interactive activities.

  • Touch the belongings of Cherokee and early Pioneer families.
  • Experience the hardships of a Civil War soldier.
  • Listen to the stories of Bartow County history makers in an authentic 1940s telephone booth.
  • Shop at the General Store.
  • Work a shift in a textile mill.
  • Read a book at the old fashioned school desks.