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.

       “Bartow’s Antebellum Life” Exhibit   Partial View of Permanent Exhibition Gallery

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

Feature Exhibition


“Fill ‘er Up: The Story of the Service Station” 

Today’s modern gas stations, complete with mini-marts, fast food restaurants, car washes and islands of self-serve fuel have come a long way since the days of pumping gas from a storage tank into a glass or metal dispenser.  With the invention of the gas pump in 1905, grocery stores, hardware stores, and other types of businesses began installing pumps in front of their stores. As car ownership quickly increased in the decades that followed, the service station was born.

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Bartow History Museum will open a new feature exhibition called “Fill ‘er Up: The Story of the Service Station.”  This exhibit will include a variety of historic gas pumps and other tools and fixtures used both inside and outside the station, as well as photographs of vintage service stations.

The “Fill ‘er Up” exhibit will open with a member preview at 6:30 p.m., and a special lecture by Abbie Parks on her book Images of America: North Georgia’s Dixie Highway at 7:00 p.m.  Through historic photographs, the book chronicles the rise of the Dixie Highway tourist route, and the service related businesses that sprang up along that route.

Exhibit is open from April 30, 2015 until September 19, 2015

 Thank you to our exhibit sponsors.

KO2 Wilson
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Additional support provided by Matthew’s Garage, Inc. 








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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.