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Cartersville Bartow County Georgia USA


									                                                        Media Contact: Regina Wheeler, TMP
                                                          800-733-2280 or 770-387-1357

          Cartersville (Bartow County), Georgia USA Fact Sheet
Geographic Location and Demographics
         Bartow County is located in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Georgia. Cartersville, the
county seat, is less than a one hour drive north from Atlanta on I-75. The city’s population is just under
20,000 residents. The county elevation ranges from 750-1,950 feet. The land is characterized by rolling
hills and valleys. Cartersville’s proximity to major travel corridors entering metropolitan Atlanta
combined with its distinct culture and heritage affords the city a unique attractiveness not expected in
communities of its size. The area is known as Georgia’s Land of Cowboys, Indians & Southern Legends.

Communities & Namesakes
         Cartersville, Adairsville, Kingston, Euharlee, White, Emerson and Taylorsville. Originally
named Cass County in honor of Lewis Cass of Michigan, Sec. of War under President Andrew Jackson,
at the outbreak of the Civil War, the county was renamed to honor Col. Francis Bartow, who was the first
officer to die in the Battle of Manassas. A Savannah attorney, Bartow represented William Henry Stiles,
Godfrey Barnsley and other prominent Cass County citizens who moved here from Savannah. Cartersville
is named for Col. Farrish Carter, a wealthy Georgian who visited Cartersville often, but never lived here.

        Museums and Theatre – Booth Western Art Museum, Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic
Site, The Bartow History Center, Rose Lawn Museum, Kingston Woman's History Museums, Noble Hill-
Wheeler Memorial Center, Euharlee History Museum, The Grand Theatre, The Legion Theatre (home of
Pumphouse Players) and the Public Square Opera House Dinner Theatre. Opening 2008 – Tellus:
Northwest Georgia Science Museum.

        Native American Culture - The Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site on the northern
border of the Etowah River in Cartersville was the largest and most important Native American Indian
settlement in the Etowah Valley. The name "Etowah" is thought to be a derivation of the Indian word
"itawa;" its meaning is not known. Earliest inhabitation dates to 950 AD.

         Waterways – Allatoona Lake is an excellent site for water recreation. The Etowah River offers
sport fishing with limited access areas. Etowah River water levels fluctuate daily. For complete details
and safety tips call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 678-721-6700. The Corps of Engineers Project
Management Office and Visitors Center serves both Allatoona Lake and Etowah River guests daily.

         State Parks – Red Top Mountain State Park, once an important iron mining area, is the most
accessible state park from Atlanta and is named for the soil’s rich red color. Located on a 1,950-acre
peninsula of Allatoona Lake, the park is ideal for hiking, swimming, boating and fishing. The park’s
reconstructed 1860’s Vaughan Log Cabin hosts heritage events each spring and fall and a bluegrass music
series each summer. In addition, see the Friends of Red Top demonstrate iron pours, where visitors can
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make their own cast iron souvenir. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy camping at the park’s 92 tent and RV
sites. Miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park, including the ADA accessible Lakeside Trail.
The park’s 33-room lodge, 18 cottages, restaurant and meeting facilities make this a great getaway for
individuals and groups. Group shelters throughout the park are ideal for family reunions.

         Gardens and Scenic Beauty – Nature’s garden is plentiful here in the Appalachian foothills.
Four distinct seasons without extremes allow visitors to experience native flora and fauna year round. A
natural area of scenic beauty is the Pine Log Mountain area viewed from U.S. 411 north of I-75 Exit 293.
Photographers will want to capture the Euharlee Covered Bridge, circa 1886. Other historic buildings
surround the bridge in Euharlee (8 miles southwest of Cartersville), a town virtually located untouched by
time. Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville is an 1840's estate that has found its renaissance as a luxury resort.
The estate’s manor house ruins, heirloom gardens and scenic mountain vistas will attract the eye and
soothe the soul. Additional picturesque places, auto routes, and landmarks will make a visit memorable.

        Downtown Cartersville – A Georgia's Main Street City, downtown Cartersville offers 25 unique
shops, 8 choice restaurants, and interesting attractions in the historic two-block square. One renowned
landmark is the World's First Outdoor Painted Wall Sign for Coca-Cola outside Young Brother's
Pharmacy. Another is Friendship Plaza and the Visitor Information Center at the Depot (1854).

         Heritage Trails and Historic Sites – The Historic High Country travel region’s Chieftains Trail
is a detailed driving tour which features nine Native American Indian sites, two of which are in
Cartersville. Indian names and legends remain evident here in Bartow County: Etowah, Two Run,
Oothcalooga, Connesena, Salicoa, Pine Log and Euharlee are just a few.
         Another itinerary is the Blue and Gray Trail. This tour features Civil War sites such as the
Allatoona Pass, Cassville Confederate Cemetery, Cooper's Iron Works Day-Use Area, Kingston
Confederate Cemetery and the antebellum Adairsville Depot – witness to the Great Locomotive Chase.
         The Etowah River Valley is the largest single landmass (40,000 acres) in the United States listed
on the National Register of Historic Places. Cartersville and Bartow County boasts many individual
National Register properties and landmarks.
         Adairsville, located north of Cartersville in Bartow County, was the first city in Georgia to be
listed in its entirety on the National Register. This charming town features more than 100 historic homes,
antique stores, eateries and a dinner theater.

         Pine Mountain is the newest recreation area in the City of Cartersville, dedicated in October
2005. The recreation area connects the city to Allatoona Lake’s shoreline. The trail reaches the highest
point in Cartersville at 1562’ giving the city one of the greatest changes in elevation from the Etowah
River Valley at 700’. The rugged and challenging trail development crosses Pine Mountain and Hurricane
Hollow, so named by early miners. Dellinger Park is a popular recreation area that offers fitness trails,
aquatics, tennis and other field facilities. A lake, gazebo, and covered shelters may be reserved for
private or public events. The Cartersville Soccer Complex and other fields host large tournaments each
year. The Cartersville Twisters make their home at the Cartersville Gymnastics Center, a world-class
facility and pre-Olympic training center. Bartow County Parks & Recreation maintains numerous public
recreational parks throughout the county. Of note are Hamilton Crossing Park and Manning Mill Park.
All have fitness trails and playgrounds. The county’s two lakeside recreation areas are Bartow Carver

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Park and Gatewood Park/Bartow Beach. New in 2008 is the Pine Log Creek Trail, a 4.5 mile path
situated on 275 of Bartow County Greenspace in the Appalachian foothills at the historic site of the Pine
Log Cherokee Indian village. The Outpost at Barnsley Gardens Resort offers a variety of guided
experiences including sporting clays, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail rides, canoe trips, fishing
and paintball. Golfers will enjoy The General at Adairsville’s Barnsley Gardens, a Fazio-designed
championship course, and The Plantation Golf Club (formerly Royal Oaks) in Cartersville. In 2007,
Barnsley Gardens Resort dedicated The Orvis Store, Orvis Shooting Grounds, and the Spring Bank Quail
Preserve with ideal vacation packages for the sportsman.

        Accommodations in Bartow County can be found at 24 properties, which offer 1,600 guestrooms,
conveniently located near Interstate 75. All have on-sight restaurants or are located within walking
distance to a variety of dining choices. For luxury accommodations see Barnsley Gardens Resort in
Adairsville. A lakeside Bed & Breakfast Inn also welcomes guests in Cartersville. Cottages are available
at Red Top Mountain State Park. RV Campsites are available at three campgrounds and at many sites
along Allatoona Lake.

Shopping and Restaurants
         Shopping in Cartersville and Adairsville is a treat in these historic city centers. Stroll through
Downtown to find antique shops, home décor, day spas, vintage clothing stores, heritage crafts, artist
cooperatives and upscale boutiques. A full range of more than 60 area restaurants offers choices from
international cuisine to Southern cooking.

Festivals and Events
         Cartersville is proud to be the Host City of the Miss Georgia USA and Miss Georgia Teen USA
pageants held each November. Other notable annual events include the Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
(March), Atlanta Steeplechase (April), Mountain Music Series (April-July), the Dixie Highway 90-Mile
Yard Sale and the Georgia Barbecue Classic (June), the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn (September),
Cowboys & Indians Days (October, all month), the Great Locomotive Chase Festival (October), the
Etowah Valley Indian Festival (October) and the Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium (October),
and Holiday Dinner Theatre (December). New in 2008 is Cartersville Antiques on the Square, a juried
antiques show and sale the third weekend in October. Other events include gem shows, country fairs and
festivals, car shows and cruize-ins, parades, rodeos, garden shows, musicals, theatre, ballet and tours of

Local Trivia
 Site of Georgia's first Supreme Court decision (Cassville 1846)
 Home of Rebecca Latimer Felton, first woman to serve as U.S. Senator (1922)
 Birthplace of Confederate Memorial Day (Kingston)
 Origin of Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Baptist Foreign Missions
 Home to these notables: Baseball great Rudy York, Authors Bill Arp and Corra Harris, former-
   Governor Joe Frank Harris, Gangster Pretty Boy Floyd, and country music comedian and radio
   personality Cledus T. Judd.

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Cartersville (Bartow County), Georgia Fact Sheet – Contact Regina Wheeler 770-387-1357
Routes to Cartersville and Transportation Services
         Major auto routes leading to the area include Interstate 75, US 411, US 41, GA Highway 113, GA
Hwy 20, GA Hwy 61, and GA Hwy 140. Bartow County has eight exits on Interstate 75 (Exit 278-Exit
306), which link Cartersville with Atlanta to the south and Chattanooga, Tennessee to the north.
         Ground Transportation – Services include auto rental companies, limousine and taxi services,
one receptive and outbound motorcoach tour company and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport shuttle services.
         Air Transportation – The Cartersville-Bartow County Airport, a general aviation airport, has
ranked first in the Coosa Valley/North Georgia Regional Development Area and fifth in the state in terms
of local economic impact, as noted in an extensive study published by the Georgia Department of
Transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs. Phoenix Air, a resident charter jet company, certified for
worldwide service, is headquartered here. Services: executive passenger, priority cargo, & air ambulance.
         Rail Service – local freight by CSX Railroad, piggyback service available in Atlanta.

         Cartersville enjoys a moderate climate with seasonal changes conducive to outdoor activities
most of the year. The area sees an average of 200 frost-free days per year. The mean annual precipitation
level is fifty-three (53) inches. The daily average temperature is 61 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average
summer temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit and 33 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.

Information Formats Available
 Internet site:
 Digital images and electronic releases.
 B-roll available of some sites upon request.

Media Contact:          Regina Wheeler,TMP; CVB Deputy Director
                        PO Box 200397; One Friendship Plaza
                        Cartersville GA 30120 USA
                        800-733-2280 or 770-387-1357 E-mail

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