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: A Collectible Christmas


On November 12, 2016, we will open our new feature exhibit, A Collectible Christmas, featuring the Zelma “Zel” Burnett Christmas Village Collection.  Zel Burnett loved everything about Christmas, and over 30 years, she created her own Christmas wonderland from the Department 56® Original Snow Village® Christmas Collection.

Her village started humbly enough with “Big Bill’s Service Station,” a logical choice given that her husband, Bill Burnett, was the Pure Oil distributor in Bartow County. The Snow Village expanded year-by-year, ultimately becoming a major metropolitan area complete with houses, churches, shops, city hall, ice-skating rink, and train service for its tiny inhabitants. Each year, she would erect the Village from the “ground up,” and her reward was measured in smiles as the Village’s detail and whimsy delighted children and the young-at-heart who saw it.

A Collectible Christmas will be on display through January 7, 2017.

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.