Polk County is anchored by three distinct municipalities: Cedartown, Rockmart and Aragon. Railroad transportation, rich natural resources (slate, limestone, clay, iron shale, and timber), and plentiful water resulted in the area's becoming an industrial powerhouse and this early emphasis on industry and manufacturing continues to influence Polk County’s economy.
Cedartown is the seat of the Polk County government, and has been known for hundreds of years for its large, crystal-clear, bubbling spring. The second largest limestone spring in the South, Big Spring continues to provide ample water supply for today’s development needs, 4 million gallons per day.
Cedartown is a “Main Street City” with an active downtown business association that works to preserve the 19th and early 20th century displays of masonry and architectural detail while encouraging business growth and community involvement downtown. Cedartown has four historic districts on the National Register of Historic Place, including the downtown area.
Rockmart got its name from “Rock Market” because of the city’s slate and rock quarries; many of Rockmart’s buildings were built of slate and brick from local mines and brickyards.
Today, Rockmart is a vibrant community known for stately neighborhoods and hometown appeal. Rockmart offers recreation, places of worship, community groups, cultural activities and vibrant local businesses. Residents and visitors mingle in Rockmart at Seaborn Jones Memorial Park, which has both Euharlee Creek and the Silver Comet Trail running through it. Common sites in the park are bicyclers and walkers meandering and families picnicking under the shady oaks or taking a refreshing wade through the creek’s cool waters. Rockmart also has the Nathan Dean Sports Complex with its baseball/softball fields, football field, walking track and playground.
Aragon’s leaders and residents celebrated the city’s 100th anniversary in 2014. Named for the mineral aragonite which is found in the area, Aragon is probably better known for the Aragon Mill, one of the largest textile mills in the state. Built in 1898, the mill burned to the ground in 2002. In the early 1970s, Si Kahn wrote the song “Aragon Mill” to lament the loss of mill village culture.
Many residents of Aragon today descend from the original mill workers, but with a cost of living that is 17% lower than the U.S. average and a large amount of available land, Aragon’s population is seeing growth.