Attractions

Polk County, Georgia has a long history that stretches back in time to the days before the Trail of Tears, when Cherokee and Creek Indians lived here. Particularly after the Civil War, the county boomed with industry, fueled by the railroads. You can see much of our history in carefully preserved architecture and celebrated in events such as the annual Homespun Festival, WELSHfest, and the Cedar Valley Arts Festival.

Historic Sites

  • Aragon Mill Site

    Built and chartered in 1898, this mill was one of the largest in Georgia; so large in fact, that in 1979, when it closed down temporarily, Si Kahn wrote the song “Aragon Mill” to mourn the loss of one of Georgia’s main employers. The mill burned to the ground in 2002. In 1864, troops from Sherman’s forces camped out at the spring located here in hopes to outflank Johnson’s army at Allatoona, which resulted in the battle at New Hope Church and Dallas.

    50 E. 1st Street
    Aragon, GA 30104
     
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  • Aragon Historical Museum

    Aragon Historical Museum, located on New Prospect Road, between the Aragon Methodist Church and the Tom Pittman Recreation Center. The Aragon Historical Museum formed in 2003 houses historical memorabilia, artifacts and relics of the City of Aragon's past.

    105 New Prospect Rd
    Aragon, GA 30104
    770 684-1442
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  • Aragon Veterans Park

    This park at the corner of Aragon Road and Fifth Street offers a tribute to each branch of the U.S. armed forces. The park is lined with brick pavement engraved with the names of local veterans.

    Located behind City Hall
    at the Corner of West 5th St & Aragon Road

  • Historical Markers

    LOGANS’S 15TH CORPS AT SWAINTOWN MARKER
    May 23, 1864. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan’s 15th A.C. (USA), camped here at Euharlee Cr., on the site of old Swaintown while Maj. Gen. G.M. Dodge’s 16th A.C. (USA) camped at Peek’s spring one mile northwest. These two A.C., comprising McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee, had moved from Woolley’s Bridge, Etwowah River, to this vicinity. The next day they marched by Van Wert toward Dallas, Paulding County. May 25. Brig. Gen. J.C. Davis’ 2nd div., 14th, A.C. (USA), crossed Euharlee Creek here also enroute to Dallas. 115-3
    This Marker is on the right coming into Aragon.
     

    McPHERSON’S MARCH TO DALLAS
    May 23, 1864. The Army of the Tennessee (USA), consisting of Logan’s 15th & Dodge’s 16th A.C., crossed the Etowah River at Woolley’s Bridge & by Old Macedonia Church & roads not now existing, reached this, the intersection with the Old Alabama Rd., 7.5 mi. W. of Stilesboro. Keeping W. of Euharlee Creek, the troops continued S.W. to a creek crossing at (the present) Aragon, in Polk County. These troops (right wing of Sherman’s army) (USA), were moving to Dallas, in Paulding County, to out-flank Johnston’s army (CSA) at Allatoona.
    This Marker is on Taylorsville Road, Back side of Aragon.
     

    DODGE & DAVIS AT PEEK’S SPRING
    The spring 175 yds. E. was the camping place of Maj. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge’s 16th A.C. of McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee (USA), May 23, 1864, enroute from the Etowah River to Dallas, Paulding County. May 24. Brig. Gen. J.C. Davis’ (2nd) div., 14th Corps, Army of the Cumberland (USA), camped at the spring, enroute from Rome to Dallas. These troops were part of the right wing of Sherman’s forces, moving to outflank Johnston’s army (CSA) at Allatoona. This resulted in 10 days of battle at New Hope Church & Dallas, in Paulding County. 115-2
    This Marker is on Hwy 101 N, on the right going out of Aragon.
     

  • Cedartown, A Main Street City

    Cedartown became a "Main Street City" in 1988 and is a registered site in the National Register of Historic Places. This well-defined district, featuring turn of the century buildings, is making a strong comeback. Downtown is the centerpiece of an active community that has a promising agenda.

    609 S. Main Street
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-2090
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  • Cedartown Veterans Memorial Park,

    Cedartown Veterans Memorial Park, located behind the Cedartown Library at the corner of East Avenue and Greenwood. This was built with donation and hard work, along with much love and appreciation of all our Veterans. The dream was started in 2002 and was dedicated November 6, 2004 to HONOR and to MEMORIALIZE the Veterans of Polk County. Annual Services are held on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day.

    East Avenue
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 684-9166
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  • The Cedartown Welcome Center at the Depot

    The Cedartown Depot is a replica of Cedartown's Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot and serves as the home of the Downtown Cedartown Association and the Chamber of Commerce Satellite Service Center. With the Silver Comet Trail passing next to it, The Depot also houses The Cedartown Welcome Center.

    609 S. Main Street
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-2090
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  • Confederate Memorial

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy built this monument to honor Confederate veterans in 1906. Open daily.

    100 Prior Street
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-3220
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  • Polk County Courthouse #2

    Otis Clay Poundston designed and constructed this building in Neoclassical Revival Style in 1935. It was originally Cedartown’s City Hall, the Police and Fire Station, and the Auditorium, but is now used as a courthouse annex. Contact Courthouse at 770-749-2114 or Polk Historical Society at 770-749-0073.

    100 Prior Street
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 749-2114
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  • Polk County Historical Society Museum & Gardens

    Formerly Hawkes Children's Library, this museum contains an abundance of Polk County’s history. The building was designed by Neel Reid, a famous Georgia architect, and was built in 1924. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places.
    www.polkhist.org

    205 S. College Street
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-0073
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  • Rockmart Historical Museum

    In the center of Downtown Rockmart, The Rockmart Historical Museum shares with The Polk County Chamber of Commerce the first Rockmart Building designed by architect Roy Reese. Constructed in 1921, the building formerly housed the City Hall and Public Safety Offices. Buildings in the downtown area date back to 1885. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 10-4 (except Holidays). For more information on the Rockmart Historical Museum contact 770-784-1327.

    133 S. Marble Street
    Rockmart, GA 30153
    (770) 684-8356
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  • Rockmart Veterans Memorial Park

    Rockmart Veterans Memorial Park, located in front of the Silver Comet Trailhead at the corner of Water Street and Church Street. The dedication was held on November 11, 2001 to HONOR and MEMORIALIZE the Veterans of Polk County. Annual Services are held on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day.

  • Rose Hill Cemetery/Gazebo

    The Rosehill Cemetery’s land on Elm Street was donated to the town of Rockmart and the gazebo, constructed in 1891, is considered one of the town’s most recognizable historic landmarks. The cemetery site also offers a spectacular view across Rockmart.

    Elm Street
    Rockmart, GA 30153
    (770) 684-5454
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  • St. James Episcopal Church

    Built on West Avenue in 1883, this is the oldest church still in use in Cedartown. The church has been maintained in its original state except for the outside color.

    302 West Avenue
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-2894
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  • Sterling Holloway Birthplace

    A Georgia Historic Marker proudly pays tribute to the birth site of one of Cedartown's most famous citizens, the beloved actor, Sterling Holloway. The character behind the quickly recognized voice of Winnie the Pooh began his early childhood years right here with his “neighborhood variety shows” and from there went on to become a highly acclaimed Hollywood star.

    301 S. College Street
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-2090
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  • The Old Mill

    This mill structure was built by slave labor in 1848 for Asa Prior, who came to Polk County in 1837. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stephens operated the structure as a restaurant from 1960-1991. Jim and Ann Madden purchased The Old Mill in 1997 and it now serves as their residence.

    12 Old Mill Road
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 712-2949
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  • Van Wert Community

    Created in 1832 from the village of Cleantown, Van Wert is known for slate, iron, gold and fertile farmland. Van Wert served as the seat of Paulding County until Polk County was formed from part of Paulding County in 1851 and the county seat was moved to Cedartown. Van Wert was awarded a Historic Township of Georgia by the Department of Community Affairs. Contact info: Greg Gray 770-748-5657 or City of Rockmart 770-684-5454

    Old Atlanta Hwy./South Piedmont Ave.
    Rockmart, GA 30153
    (770) 748-5657
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  • Van Wert Methodist Church

    Van Wert Methodist Church, built in 1857, is one of the oldest structures in Polk County. The Euharlee Valley Historic Society is currently renovating the structure, which was built by Rev. Wm. Wesley Simpson.

    Rockmart, GA 30153
    (770) 748-5657
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  • West Cinema

    Built in 1941, West Cinema is one of the finest examples of Art Deco style in Northwest Georgia and is currently operating as a twin movie theater.

    112 West Avenue
    Cedartown, GA 30125
    (770) 748-3090
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Festivals

  • March

    WELSHfest – 3rd Saturday in March

    The WELSHfest in downtown Rockmart features great Welsh and local entertainment, fun and educational events, a great vendors village and is great fun for the whole family. It is the only Welsh-centered festival in Georgia. Events include many performers, storytellers, and a youth choir. A children's area features a series of activities for children under 12, including a bouncy palace and a birthday party for Rocky. There is also a honey show, men in kilts contest, a Welsh Expo, a three legged race, egg & spoon race, sack race, wheel barrow race and Welly Wanging. Find more information on the WELSHfest website at http://welshfest.vpweb.com/default.html.

     
  • April

    Cedar Valley Arts Festival – last full weekend in April

    Sponsored by the Cedartown Junior Service League, this festival hosts many local and regional artists, as well as the children of Cedartown, whose works are displayed throughout Peek Park. The attendance is close to 3,000 people.http://www.cedarvalleyartsfestival.com

    Keep Polk Beautiful – the Great American Cleanup

    Held during the month of April, this event engages the community and businesses to participate in “The Great American Cleanup” to help clean up the county by disposing of trash and using recycling opportunities. They also hold a “Make a Difference Day” in October. Contact KPB at (678) 246-1083 or visit the website at www.keeppolkbeautiful.org.

     
  • May

    Relay for Life

    Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Contact: American Cancer Society (770) 429-1624.

    Silver Comet Trail Events

    Georgia Rails to Trails Society sponsors a Labor Day Bike Ride in September on the Silver Comet Trail. Registration can be done in advance or on site. For more information on this ride and other trail events see www.silver-comet-trail.org or active.com.

    Annual Polk County Kids Fishing Rodeo

    This event is sponsored by DNR and held in May/June at Kenview Farms. Children ages 15 and under are allowed to fish for channel catfish. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own rod (only one per child) and their own fishing equipment and bait. There is an eight-fish limit and fishing with minnows is not allowed. There are prizes, free hot dogs and drinks. To get to Kenview Farms from the intersection of highway 278 and 113, take highway 113 north for four miles. Kenview Farms is on the left and will be marked with signs. For information call (770) 748-7535

    Golf Tournaments

    Local charity golf tournaments are The Doc Ayers/Ray Beck Celebrity Golf Tournament in May, The HON Golf Tournament in May, and The Boys and Girls Club’s Kampaign for Kids Golf Tournament in October. These events are comprised of local community teams and raise money for local charities. Contact The HON Company at (770) 749-2400 or The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Ga. Cedartown Unit at (770) 749-0869.

    The Northwest Georgia Cruisers Annual Car Show

    This event is held in May in Rockmart and features street machines, rods and muscle cars, trucks, late models, low riders, and motorcycles. There is also entertainment, door prizes, vendors, games and food.

  • June

    Annual Kids Day

    Annual event is held at Aragon Park, beside the Mill Pond, and features fun events for children 16 years and under. Door prizes, featuring a variety of toys and other goods are donated by local merchants. Refreshments include hot dogs and soft drinks. No admission is charged and everyone is welcome to attend. However, only those 16 and under are allowed to participate in the activities. Kids Day is sponsored by the City of Aragon, Davitte Lodge #513 and area merchants. For more information contact Delmer Rayburn at (770) 684-5207.

    Cedartown 5K Race – last week of June or first of July

    This annual event is an international race of wheelchair athletes that helps them train for the Peachtree Road race Wheelchair Division. It is held at Peek Park in Cedartown. There is a marked race course and plenty of sideline space for spectators to cheer them as they compete. Click here for more information.

    Aragon Barbeque – last Saturday in June

    Great food, a variety of games and a softball tournament are highlights of this annual barbeque. It is generally attended by 2,000 people. Contact the City of Aragon at (770) 684-6564

     
  • July

    Polk County Homespun Festival – 3rd weekend in July

    Local and regional crafters display their wares throughout the park at this annual event sponsored by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Continuous entertainment is a highlight of the festival as well as great food and many games and events throughout the park. This event generates around 8,000 people. Contact the Polk County Chamber of Commerce at (770) 684-8760.
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  • August

    Carl Black Classic Rodeo – 1st weekend of August

    An annual rodeo hosted by the Rockmart Lions Club allows not only professional riders, but also locals and youth. Contact Haney Farm and Ranch on Morgan Valley Road, Rockmart, GA at (770) 684-7277.

     
  • September

    Carlton Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze – September-November

    Locally owned and operated, this farm offers a corn maze, hayride, hay maze, animal barn, hay jump, dairy and farm tours and a catfish pond (Spring through Fall). For more information call (770) 546-5179 or (770) 684-3789 or log onto www.carltonfarm.com.

    Polk County Fair – 3rd week in September

    This is held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Cedartown, featuring rides, food and fun. Contact the Cedartown Exchange Club at (770) 324-2275.

     
  • October

    Rock Stock

    This three day musical event at the Rock Campground in Rockmart features area bands with all proceeds going to charity. Contact John Hitchcock at (770) 684-8517.

    Veteran's Memorial Service – 2nd Saturday of October

    The Euharlee Valley Historical Society holds an annual Veteran's Memorial Service at the Historic Van Wert Church and Cemetery in Van Wert, Georgia, just south of Rockmart. The memorial service is provided by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. For more information contact Greg Gray (770) 748-5657.

    Cedartown Fall Festival – 1st Saturday in October

    Local vendors that include churches, businesses, individuals, civic clubs, etc., line Main Street in Downtown Cedartown to sell baked goods and handmade crafts. The festival also hosts local entertainment to the 3000 - 4000 people who attend. Contact the Downtown Cedartown Association, (770) 748-2090.

    Halloween Trick or Treat

    During the week of Halloween the cities of Cedartown and Rockmart host a trick-or-treat event in their downtown areas. Civic clubs, merchants and other groups provide activities, games and candy for the youngsters who come dressed in their costumes. This is a safe way to enjoy the holiday with parents and other family members. For more information contact the City of Rockmart at (770) 684-5454 or the Downtown Cedartown Association at (770) 748-2090.

  • December

    Christmas Tour of Homes – 1st weekend of December

    Hosted by the Rockmart Business Alliance, homes are selected to view their lovely Christmas displays. Shuttles are provided and depart from the Rockmart Municipal Building. For more information call Brenda Leslie, (770) 684-1552.

    Christmas is for Kids Campaign

    The Rockmart Police and Fire Departments work together beginning the latter part of November to collect money and toys for underprivileged children in the community. New unwrapped toys are accepted, however, monetary donations are preferred. For more information contact the Rockmart Police Department at (770) 684-6558 or 684-5454.

    Cedartown & Rockmart Christmas Parades

    The cities of Cedartown and Rockmart each conduct individual parades in December that feature local float entries from various churches, civic groups and clubs, local high school marching bands and the local fire department escorting Santa Claus through town to greet all the children. For more information contact the City of Rockmart at (770) 684-5454 or the City of Cedartown at (770) 748-3220.