Canton is a vibrant cultural hub where historical and natural sights complement one another, making it a desirable destination to visit and live. This month, let’s examine how these two elements of history and nature create a truly one-of-a-kind experience in Canton, making it the perfect city to live, work and play.
Canton’s combination of new and old cultural elements make the city a unique place to explore and learn, and the Cherokee County Courthouse is a perfect place to start. Built in 1928, the building has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for more than 40 years. Visitors can read about the town’s history, and actually see the renovated jail and courtroom for themselves. History buffs also can satisfy their curiosity with a visit to the Cherokee County History Center in downtown Canton, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in nearby Kennesaw, or the “Gone With the Wind” Museum in Marietta.
And, for those who prefer live entertainment, the historic Canton Theatre is situated conveniently in the downtown area. Although it no longer features the silent movies it screened more than a century ago, the not-for-profit community enterprise now hosts plays, musicals and concerts of every kind. Don’t miss “An Evening of Culture: Faith County II” and GlowBand at the theater this month.
As we swing into spring, get ready to get outside. Anyone who has spent time in Canton also can affirm natural beauty exists at every turn. Two of the city’s most well-known attractions are the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir and the Etowah Water Trail. The reservoir offers about 15 miles of shoreline for fishers, kayakers and canoers, while Etowah River Park offers multiple walking trails and boat access. And, for those that love the outdoors, get your calendars ready! The 2023 Etowah Wildlife Expo is set for March 25-26 at The Mill on Etowah. You won’t want to miss dock diving dogs, falconry and reptile shows, fishing demonstrations, live music, a wildlife art show and more.
– Kelley Archer is the marketing director for Great Sky in Canton.