Bartow History Museum
Located in Historic Downtown Cartersville.
November - Programs, Announcements, & More.
Rowland Springs, Premier Southern Resort
If you have lived in Bartow County for a period of time, it is likely you have heard of Rowland Springs, but did you know it was once the location of a premier resort?

(The following text comes from the historic maker placed at the site of the resort by the Etowah Valley Historical Society in 2013.)

On this site from 1844 to 1872 stood the most exclusive resort in Georgia. In 1843 Maj. John Sharpe Rowland and his wife Frances Machen Lewis Rowland purchased 2,400 acres and built a health resort which included such amenities as a ten pin alley, pistol gallery, fountain, swans, nature trails, fruit orchards, fishing, and abundant wildlife. Over 27 cool and refreshing mineral springs provided medicinal treatment and refreshment to visitors. The hotel and cabins accommodated up to 600 guests. Each season musicians entertained vacationers, but according to the mandates of Rowland, “all gaming and immorality” were “strictly prohibited.” The 1849 rates were $1.25 per day, which included 4 meals.

Some of the most prominent people of the day vacationed at the resort including four state governors in one season. Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown was a frequent guest and physician, scientist, conservationist, and educator, Joseph LeConte honeymooned here in 1846.
2020 Collectible Christmas Ornaments
Now Available.
We are excited to announce the arrival of our 2020 Collectible Ornaments, featuring Stilesboro Academy and the 1869 Bartow County Courthouse.

Stilesboro Academy - Stilesboro Academy, completed in 1859, was spared during the Civil War, and classes continued there until the early 1940s.

1869 Bartow County Courthouse - This building served as the Bartow County Courthouse until 1903. It now houses the Bartow History Museum.
Now Available on Video.
If you missed this past week's lecture, you can now watch
it online.
Robert Jones discusses his book, 30 Most Influential Women in Georgia History. Free for members.
Non-Members - $6.50
Here's What's Coming Up.
Photos With Santa - November 14 - Only a few slots left!

No crazy long lines, no overly crowded parking lot, no long walk to see Santa

Bring your letter to Santa, and have your photo taken in a socially distant, but creative way that will still be fun for the whole family.

Families will be able to peek in on Santa in his workshop and chat with him about their wish list. Also, hear from elves about Christmas traditions of the past.

Reservations must be purchased in advance. Masks are not required for your photo, but encouraged for the rest of your visit. See website for pricing.
Traditions of Holidays Past -
November 18 - Noon
Take a guided tour of the Museum decorated for the winter holidays. Hear museum staff explain different Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions.

Advanced ticket registration is highly recommended.

Members - Free
Non-members - Included with museum admission

Sponsored by:
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home
Cemetery Tour - November 21
Join the Bartow History Museum, in partnership with The Grand Theatre and Act One Theatre Co., on a tour of historic Oak Hill Cemetery. In conjunction with our current exhibit, Women of Bartow County, guides will will lead participants on a tour where they will meet a few of the women who made Bartow County into the place it is today.

Limited tickets available.
Tours at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Tickets required.
Adult - $10.00
Child (age 6-10) - $6.00
Child 5 & Under - Free
Members - 10% discount
Happy Thanksgiving -
November 26
We are thankful for you and hope you have a safe and healthy holiday.

The museum and gift shop will be closed on Thursday, November 26th, but will reopen on Friday for your enjoyment.
"Holly" Day Wreath Making Demonstration and Ornament Preservation Workshop - December 5
Join Master Gardeners Kate Posey and Susan Butler as they demonstrate holiday wreath making, discuss the traditions of decorating with greenery, including Williamsburg style wreathes and garland, and give a wreath away to one lucky attendee.

Museum educators will also demonstrate and discuss the best ways to preserve keepsake and heirloom ornaments from your grandmother's antique glass to your children's holiday creations.

Tickets required.
Members - 10% discount
Adults - $35
Out shopping? Please stop by our gift shop. We're here to help.
November 5 - Downtown Holiday Open House
November 27 - Black Friday
November 28 - Small Business Saturday
Please stop by the museum gift shop to see all of Judith's cards we carry. They make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer.
Artwork & Greetings
by artist Judith J. Frasure
Rome artist Judith J. Frasure sketches her designs after researching her material making sure the details are authentic to the sketch. 

She has note cards representing Georgia’s state fruit, state flower, the Southern magnolia, cotton, and the dandelion. Her newest items are gift cards featuring the Eastern Cottontail rabbit, the Honey Bee (Georgia’s State Insect), and the Cardinal. 

These items are hand water-colored prints.

The note card to the left says "Merry Christmas" in Cherokee.
Now Open!
Women of Bartow
Temporary Exhibit

Women of Bartow features the stories of over 25 women who have made an impact on Bartow County and beyond dating back to the early 1800s through the present. artifacts and images, this exhibit highlights their contributions to a variety of fields including business, education, art, writing, social movements, & more. 
Members - Free
Non-members - Included with museum admission

Sponsored by Century Bank of Georgia.
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4 East Church Street
Cartersville, GA

Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.