Take a break in Georgia's Land of Cowboys, Indians and Southern Legends. The earliest evidence of human occupation of the Bartow County area is the Paleoindian Period (10,000 B.C.). The area's geological attributes, natural resources and favorable climate combined to provide sufficient bounty for large numbers of indigenous peoples. The resulting archeological richness of the Etowah River Valley Region, a 40,000-acre tract spanning the southern third of the county, justified the entire tract being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The first historic documentation came with the 1540 DeSoto expedition's accounts of the culture at the Etowah Indian Mounds, today a state historic site and public attraction. From the late 19th century to the present, Bartow County produced such notable personalities as gangster Pretty Boy Floyd, humorist Bill Arp, author Corra Harris, baseball great Rudy York, Methodist evangelist Sam Jones, Baptist missionary Lottie Moon, Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris, and Robert Benham, Georgia's first black Supreme Court Chief Justice.
Join us to discover the link between the ancient past and the progress of today. Bartow County is waiting to welcome you to a new perspective.