Local Area Attractions
New Echota Cherokee National Historic Site
New Echota Historic Site, Cherokee National Capital, is a piece of Georgia’s past and a part of United States history we should never forget. Come and see the beautifully reconstructed capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation, actually in its original location. New Echota is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been designated a National Landmark by the National Park Service. Explore the museum showing how the Cherokee people tried to integrate into our society, as well as try to run a government other than "tribal law". The Treaty of New Echota in 1835 sealed the fate of the Cherokees, for this is where the "Trail of Tears" began, when the Cherokee People were removed to eastern Oklahoma in 1838. The result was the death of about 4,000 Cherokees.
Barnsley Gardens is 30 acres of English style gardens surrounding the ruins of the once grand manor house built by Englishman Godfrey Barnsley in the 1840’s. The Gardens include water and bog gardens, a fernery, rockeries, the woodland garden with native and exotic rhododendrons, an orchard with heirloom varieties of fruit trees, a small boxwood garden with a 12 foot fountain in the center. A long flower border, behind the ruins displays perennials and annuals that bloom all summer and into the fall. A redwood arbor provides the ideal spot to grow climbing roses.
The former kitchen wing of the manor house, which dates back to 1842, is now a small museum with exhibits about the Barnsley family and the restoration of the gardens.
Calhoun Designer Outlet Center
Over 30 shops offering quality merchandise with no department store markup. Calhoun’s newest shopping experience, the Calhoun Designer Outlet Center, is a great place to spend the afternoon shopping for priceless treasures for you, your family, and your home. There is something for everyone, from the garage to the bedroom.
Prater’s Mill Country Fair
Prater’s Mill Country Fair is held twice a year--Mother's Day weekend and the second weekend in October. The fair is an arts and crafts festival held in the atmosphere of an old-fashioned country fair. Southern foods, canoeing, pony and horseback rides, on-stage entertainment, and 150 talented artists and craftsmen make the fair fun for the entire family. The historic Grist Mill is in operation, grinding wheat and corn.
Few Southern cities can boast the beauty and charm of Georgia’s Rome. Tucked between the foothills of the ancient Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, Rome is a city that has passionately preserved its past and delights in sharing it with her visitors. Among the many things to see are: Boswell Cabin, Cotton Gin, Fort Norton, Chieftains Museum, Rome City Hall and Capitoline Wolf, Historic District, the City Clocktower and Clocktower Museum, Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Martha Berry Museum and Art Gallery, Oak Hill, Marshall Forest, Oakdene Historic District, and Rome Area Museum.