Introduction to Canton, Georgia
Located in Cherokee county, Canton, Georgia, is 16 miles NW of Roswell, Georgia (center to center) and 34 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Canton has a population of 7,709 residents.
The area now known as Canton was originally named Etowah. After the completion of its court house, it was briefly renamed Cherokee. Soon after, the local businessmen ventured into silk production; they changed the name of the area to Canton, inspired by the Chinese city of the same name which was then a major producer of silk in the world. The silk production in the community ended up failing, but the name of the area stayed as Canton. In the year 1833, it was officially designated as the county seat of Cherokee county.
Canton and nearby Attractions
- Marietta Museum of History
- Red Top Mountain State Park
- Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
- Sweetwater Creek State Park
- Roselawn Museum
Things To Do In Canton
Museums such as the William Weinman Mineral Museum, Southeastern Railway Museum, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Roselawn Museum, and Marietta Museum of History are located in the city. The city is also home to The Children's Park and Family Refuge, Lake Altoona Beach, and Tanglewood Farm. There are a number of golf courses in the community such as the Woodmont Golf Club, Canterbury Golf Club, and White Columns Golf Club. Churches in the city include the First Methodist Episcopal Church South, Saint Paul Cemetery, and Zion Baptist Church. Riverfest is an annual event that is celebrated by the city in the month of September.
The closest airport to the city is The William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.
Canton Higher Education
Higher education is available at Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University, and Southern Polytechnic State University.