The Etowah Valley Historical Society, Inc. was founded in 1972 by concerned owners of historical properties in Bartow County. From a membership of twenty-four, primarily interested in preserving the Etowah River Valley region of this county, the society has evolved into an organization of over 600 people dedicated to the promotion of historic education and preservation throughout Bartow County.
Today the Etowah Valley Historical Society (EVHS) celebrates the heritage of our unique area – ancient history and Civil War battlefields, coexisting with Victorian architecture, nestled in the richness of Georgia’s mountains and streams. Our major objective is to promote and enhance the education, awareness and preservation of the heritage and traditions of Bartow County.
We are located in the 1903 Gold-Domed Courthouse in the center of Cartersville. Please contact us for hours at 770-606-8862.
Happy Holidays from EVHS! Thank you for all your support in 2013.
We look forward to seeing you in 2014!
What’s Happening Now!
EVHS Holiday Dinner at RoseLawn Museum
Friday December 6th, 2013
EVHS members and guests enjoyed a beautiful holiday evening at RoseLawn. The Museum was in full holiday decorations. We enjoyed a lovely dinner catered by Ray Thacker with Grand Oaks. We had (back by demand) lovely music and dancing by Stephen Lee. Thank you all for coming. It was a beautiful evening! Merry Christmas!
EVHS Annual Dinner at Grand Oaks
Friday October 11th, 2013
EVHS held their 41st Annual Dinner at Ray Thacker’s Grand Oaks Friday evening. Guests enjoyed refreshments and a program in the beautiful back garden. Guests were also treated to lovey piano playing by Jean Robinson. This evening is our annual business meeting. Three Board Members were elected, Guy Parmenter, Larry Posey, and Bob Redwine. Our many, many volunteers were recognized. Mary Norton has been appointed Adviser to the Board. Joe Head demonstrated the Bartow History Scholar Program. Linda Cochran was recognized for her exceptional volunteer work in managing the EVHS office. Thank you all who attended this lovely evening!
EVHS Partners with Georgia State Parks to visit Allatoona Pass
Saturday & Sunday October 5th & 6th, 2013
EVHS partners with Georgia State Parks to recognize the anniversary of Allatoona Pass Battlefield. At 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday guests enjoyed photos and artifacts from the Civil War Period. Rein actors were the main attraction with demonstrations of life at that time. Rifle and Cannon fire were heard throughout the Pass. This event was free and open to the public.
EVHS visits the Tumlin Farm and enjoys an evening lecture with Richard Wright
Saturday August 24th, 2013 – The Etowah Valley Historical Society visited the lovely Tumlin grounds near the Indian Mounds. The evening included a lecture by historian Richard Wright outlining the relationship between Farrish Carter, William T. Sherman and Lewis Tumlin. Refreshments were served and over 120 people were in attendance. Our guests enjoyed touring the beautiful 1830′s home and were swept away by the dramatic gardens on the property. A special thank you to the Tumlin’s for sharing their home with us.
EVHS & The EVHS Oral History Committee held a sold out event at “An Evening at Valley View”
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – The Etowah Valley Historical Society visited historic Valley View, the antebellum home of the Norton family. Valley View’s doors were open to welcome guests to a silent auction, tours of the home, dinner by Johnny Mitchell and music by Stephen Lee Band. The sold out event generated approximately $5,000.00 for the Oral History Committee. Thank you to all the attendees and donors that made this evening so special!
About the Oral History Committee: Oral histories are recorded on DVDs from the life and times of beloved Bartow County citizens in order to preserve a firsthand historical account for the benefit of the living and of posterity. Each DVD costs a minimum of $250.00 for the professional recording of the interview. Onsite use of the Oral History Archive of interviews is available at the Cartersville Public Library, the Bartow History Museum and the library of the Etowah Valley Historical Society.
EVHS sponsors an evening at the Gold Dome Courthouse with The Georgia Trust
Tuesday April 16. 2013 – The Etowah Valley Historical Society proudly welcomed speaker Mr. Mark McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust. The event was held in the newly refurbished upstairs Courtroom in our beautiful 1903 Gold Dome Courthouse. Mr. McDonald spoke of “Places in Peril” in Bartow County Georgia including The Stilesboro Academy. EVHS also honored the Ladies of the Stilesboro Improvement Club for their dedication and long term commitment to Stilesboro. Mr. Harvey Evans was also recognized for his dedication in preserving our heritage through his work on the Courthouse. Guests enjoyed the Courthouse balcony and doors opened wide and they enjoyed refreshments on the porches. Thank you for all who attended this evening!
EVHS & Etowah Indian Mounds held a sold out Barbacoa Event at the Mounds
Saturday April 6, 2013 – The Etowah Valley Historical Society proudly partnered with the Friends of Etowah Indian Mounds and Georgia State Parks to hold a Barbacoa Dinner and Silent Auction at the Etowah Indian Mounds. The event was sold out and we raised almost $4,000.00 for the Mounds. Proceeds will go towards a new roof on the Wattle and Daub hut as well as other projects. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening with the torches lit all around the mounds, the bonfire roaring, stories by storyteller Gary Greene, wonderful speaker Debbie Wallsmith and hayrides. The evening included a lovely creative dinner catered by Johnny Mitchell’s which included Carnitas, slow roasted pork, and the “three sisters”, corn, beans and squash. This was a modern twist on a dinner the Indians may have eaten. Thank you to all the attendees and donors that made this evening such a success!
EVHS Unveils New Website at Annual Meeting
October 12, 2012 – The Etowah Valley Historical Society proudly introduced its highly anticipated new Internet site at the society’s annual meeting held at Grand Oaks. The idea to create a new site originated at the board of director’s planning session last November. The project kicked off at the beginning of this year, and the many hours of teamwork and dedication were on display Friday night.
The web committee, consisting of board members and advisers, set out with the goal of creating a site that would be current, relevant, and a valuable asset for all members of the society. The result is a website that is one of the best for any historical society in the southeast. Most importantly, it is a place to preserve the rich heritage of our community through photos, stories, maps, and videos for future generations.
The job of building the site went to Stephanie True Moss of True Moss Communications, Inc. Web committee member Tom Etheridge said
“I’ve worked with numerous web developers in the past and Stephanie is the best. She did an amazing job of turning the committee’s ideas into reality.”
EVHS board members Joanne Smith, Guy Parmenter, Sally Tonsmeier, and Larry Posey worked tirelessly on transferring information from the prior site and creating new content. Advisor to the board Linda Gray was instrumental in overseeing many operational aspects of the site.
While many great ideas were generated in the initial planning sessions, perhaps the most influential for the benefit of future EVHS members came from Joe Head. Joe worked with administrators and teachers from the county and city school systems to create the Bartow History Scholars section of the new site. The BHS tab allows students to receive extra credit for answering questions pertaining to our local history. This inventive approach allows the children and teachers to connect in a platform that is exciting to both.
With these new tools, the future is certainly bright for the Etowah Valley Historical Society.