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 Exhibitions

“Gone with the Wind:75 Years Later”

On December 15, 1939, crowds of people descended on the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta for the premiere of Gone with the Wind. Since that day, the movie has become a classic with a worldwide following. December 15, 2014, will mark the 75th anniversary of the movie’s premiere. In recognition of this milestone, the Museum is exhibiting several limited addition “Margaret Mitchell and her Friend’s” lithographs by Darius Hill as well as various Gone with the Wind artifacts.

Darius Hill Margaret Mitchell and her FriendsAbout the Artist:In 1989, Darius Hill, an art student at Atlanta College of Art, created a limited addition lithograph set called “Margaret Mitchell and her Friends” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the movie’s release. The set includes 9 drawings of many of the people associated with the movie as their movie characters including: Mitchell, Medora Field Perkerson, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Olivia DeHaviland, Butterfly McQueen, and others. The Museum owns a set of 8 of the 9 lithographs.

Exhibit is open from August 28, 2014 until December 31, 2014



“Beyond Rosie: Women in WWII”

Rosie The Riveter

Rosie the Riveter is the iconic symbol of women’s involvement in World War II. She is one part of a larger story about the many ways women contributed to and were affected by war. World War II changed the everyday social, cultural, and economic realities of life in the United States, especially for women.
Bartow History Museum is proud to feature Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II. This traveling exhibit, from Kennesaw State University, explores the lives of women in World War II. In addition to the KSU exhibit, we will highlight the contributions of women from Bartow County to the war effort of the 1940s.

This exhibit will include a number of programming opportunities including lectures, school programs, and Home School programs.

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Exhibit is open from December 8, 2014 until March 27, 2015


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.