ABOUT CHEROKEE COUNTY
Cherokee County, established in 1830 and later divided into 24 counties, built on lands previously held by the Cherokee Nation. Forcible removal of the tribes opened the area to settlers looking for cheap land and seeking the source of gold some Cherokee used for trade. Canton, the county seat, is named for the city in China. Founders of the town tried to initiate silk production there, but nothing more than the name survived that venture.Cherokee County has been listed as one of the fastest growing counties in the country, and includes several communities including Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Nelson, Waleska and Woodstock. Ball Ground is a growing community of more than 1,500 residents located in Cherokee County, Georgia — just north of metro Atlanta. Quaint shops and eateries, a mix of residential options, and the beautiful scenery of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Most jobs are in light industry and agriculture. The community boasts four newly renovated parks and recreation facilities where patrons have free wireless internet service available.Canton is known for its entrepreneurial spirit. From the Canton Cotton Mills to the Georgia Marble Finishing Company, citizens came from all over Georgia and the South to work and raise their families.
Canton's entrepreneurial spirit and constant business innovation is still evident within its vibrant economic climate. Canton also offers an exceptional living environment featuring many miles of public parks and green spaces, including the addition of the 81-acre Etowah River Park which includes a canoe launch, amphitheater, pedestrian bridge over the Etowah River and several athletic fields. Lastly Canton's beautiful, historic downtown is the perfect place to bring the family, to shop, or just unwind at the end of the day.Occupying 5 and a half square miles, the City of Holly Springs offers wonderful amenities for residents and businesses. Holly Springs has been selected for the Main Street Start-Up Program which provides the City with technical assistance from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as they work to further revitalize their downtown area. Incorporated in 1906, the town grew up around a busy train depot established by L&N Railroad in 1879. The depot was restored by the City in the late 1990's and now serves as the Holly Springs Community Center. Holly Springs is expanding their park system which includes Barrett Park, a 13-acre park featuring a playground and walking trail, and J.B. Owens Park.
Named for early landowner John Nelson and incorporated in 1843, the city is one of the highest elevations in the county. Nelson is situated at 1,245 feet above sea level offering scenic views of both the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern Appalachia. The area is home to one of the largest marble veins in the world, traversing four miles across the land and half-mile depths and widths in places. Thanks to the L&N Railroad which winds into the surrounding valleys and mountains into Nelson, coupled with the ability to export product, Nelson became a major player in the world's marble industry. Most of the marble present in the monuments in our nation's capital comes from Nelson.This quaint town, incorporated in 1889, was named after the Indian princess, Warluskee. In the past, popular Waleska industries included grist mills, lumber, tobacco and some mineral development. Currently, the lumber industry is still thriving. Today the anchor of this small community is Reinhardt University, named for founder A. M. Reinhardt, a Confederate captain who wanted to expand educational opportunities in the area. One of the county's oldest towns, Woodstock is one of the nation's fastest growing suburbs. The town is self-described "where yesterday lives and tomorrow waits," offering a small town feel with all the amenities of metropolitan living. The historic downtown district, with buildings dating back to 1879, is accented by brick paved sidewalks offering a unique shopping experience. Early residents were drawn by the accessible terrain and abundant water from Little River lured and supported industry. This community of nearly 27,000 respects historic charm while creating new neighborhoods. Woodstock also is a recreation haven, with close proximity to Lake Allatoona, numerous city parks in addition to nearby Cherokee County parks.