Canton: The Heart of the Cherokee Nation
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Located just north of Atlanta off of I-575, Canton was not always a bustling city. It started as the “heart of the Cherokee Nation” and transformed after the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. Canton was on its way to becoming a bustling manufacturing community. Then, during the Civil War, the city was destroyed by the Union Army. Unlike many other cities that suffered the same fate, Canton was able to rebuild. From mill town to popular destination, Canton is now a hub for living, shopping, dining, movies and recreation.
New subdivisions continuously keep popping up in this exciting city. With a growing population of 46,191 people, there is a constant need for more housing. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, the median home sale price is $204,000. More than 31 percent of homeowners stay in their residences five or more years, showing that Canton provides is a great place to live.
On Trulia, 1,317 homes are listed for sale. Ranging in price from $20,000 to $2,000,000, there is a home for any family. For renters, the site has 156 choices. These range in price from $450 to $3,500 a month, giving multiple budget-friendly options.
35 percent of the population have children, making area schools important in the home buying decision. Highly ranked schools include Avery Elementary, Canton Elementary, Holly Springs Elementary, Hickory Flat Elementary, Dean Rusk Middle, Freedom Middle, Teasley Middle, Creekview High and Cherokee High.
To keep residents busy, Canton offers an array of recreational activities:
Shopping and Dining
• The Painted Pig Tavern. Canton’s go-to spot for great food, live music and extensive craft beer and whiskey selections, The Painted Pig Tavern is perfect for dining, catching a game or listening to music. Specials change daily, so visit Facebook for all of the updates. • Canton Historic Downtown Loop. The downtown loop features many exciting merchants, restaurants and unique retail shops. These include Yawn’s Books & More, Studio 121, Bleu Dame, Key’s Jewelry, Chamberhouse, The Store at Grant Design Collaborative, The Fork and Tavern, Downtown Deli Dogs, R & M Sandwich Shop, The Soul Food Market, Goin’ Coastal and Downtown Kitchen. • Goin’ Coastal. This sustainable seafood joint serves only the highest quality food from either fished or farmed sources. Menu items include baked oysters, salmon, shrimp and grits, collard greens, lobster bisque, grits and more. • Downtown Kitchen. Possibly the best dining experience in Canton, Downtown Kitchen serves fried green tomatoes, smoked duck wontons, bacon wrapped shrimp, steak, fried chicken, mushroom ravioli, beef brisket and stuffed chicken. While dining, listen to amazing live music.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Canton Theatre. Showing slides and silent movies, the Canton Theatre has been in business since the early 1900s. Now, the patrons can come to the theatre for live music, plays and Broadway productions. • Cherokee County Arts Center. The arts are alive at the Cherokee County Arts Center! Originally the Canton Methodist Church, the center now showcases annual exhibits, holds an Arts Ball and hosts the Canton Festival of Arts every May. • Boling Park. Located right next to the high school, Boling Park features picnic areas, walking and running paths, soccer fields and a playground. Right next to the river, the park is the perfect place to have fun with your family. • Canton Farmers Market. Every May, the Canton Farmers Market reopens. The market promotes local farmers and artisans. All produce is Georgia grown and most is organic. Each of the artists hand makes their items. Additionally, the market hosts cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and music. This year, the market opens May 11 and closes October 26.
• Cherokee County History Museum. Located inside Canton’s historic courthouse, the museum is home to the county’s rich stories. Photographs and documents guide you through the county, from beginning to now. Learn how the city shaped its past residents’ lives. The museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. • Rock Barn. Today, the Rock Barn serves as an exhibition center and special events facility. It is also the headquarters of the Cherokee County Historical Society. The structure was originally completed in 1906. Today, the interior has been modernized without sacrificing its race horse stable past. • Cherokee County Courthouse. The courthouse was built in 1910 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. Located at 100 North Street in Canton, the courthouse was built with the classical revival architectural style.
If you haven’t already, make Canton your next home! For more details about Cherokee County communities, click here.