If you’re living in Cherokee County, or considering the purchase of a Towne Lake or Woodstock home, you might want to know some little known, fun facts about the area.
Cherokee County was originally organized in 1830. In the 1830s, mining was a major source of revenue, with iron, iron sulphate, gold, copper sulfate pentahydrate, titanium, quartz, granite and marble being mined at multiple locations within the county. During that time, gold mines were attracting settlers from the east.
Sixes Mine, on the site of present-day Sixes Mill, was one of the first in the area. The gold from this mine was noted as some of the purest in the state. In fact, according to White's 1849 statistical abstract it was second only to the gold found in Carroll County. Other mining operations were in production along the Etowah River (Franklin Gold Mine) and the Little River. Although mining continues to modern day, operations in Cherokee County are now minimal.
The original Cherokee County of the 1800s must have been massive, because it was later divided into 24 counties. Even today, it’s a generously sized area. The U.S. Census Bureau reports Cherokee County has a total area of 434 square miles and 13 square miles of this is water.
Within Cherokee County, the county seat of Canton has an interesting history of how it got its name. Canton was named for a Chinese city during a short-lived attempt by residents to establish a silk industry. Prior to that, it had been called Etowah, for the Etowah River that cuts through the town.
Moving into the 1920s, the poultry industry began in Cherokee County and it grew dramatically during World War II. This continued through the 1950s and 1960s, bringing prosperity to Cherokee County like its citizens had never seen. During the late 1950s, Cherokee County was known as the “Poultry Capital of the World” and billboards proclaiming this fact greeted people as they entered Cherokee County.
The county has been home to two Georgia governors, Joseph E. Brown, who became governor in 1857, and his son, Joseph M. Brown as well as former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Other famous residents include golfer Bobby Jones, writer Mary Hood, actors Josh Holloway and Blair Redford, NFL fullback Bruce Miller, who attended Woodstock High School, and Nick Markakis, a right fielder with the Atlanta Braves, two-time Gold Glove winner and also a Woodstock High School graduate.
You may be surprised to know there are nine mountains in the county, including Bear Mountain (2,297 feet), which is the tallest in the metro Atlanta area. The other mountains are primarily in the still-rural northern and western parts of the county and include, from tallest to lowest, Pine Log Mountain, Oakey Mountain, Dry Pond Mountain, Hickory Log Mountain, Polecat Mountain, Byrd Mountain, Garland Mountain and Posey Mountain.
If you’re curious to learn more about the history of Cherokee County, check out the Cherokee County Historical Society .
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