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The city of Savannah, Georgia was the first planned city in America. It was laid out in a grid pattern with squares for public use, and this design was later copied by other cities throughout the country.
Cherokee County, located in the state of Georgia, has a rich and complex history that encompasses several major events and eras. The county's history can be divided into four main periods: Native American settlement, European colonization, the Cherokee Removal, and the modern era.

The area that would become Cherokee County was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee Nation. These indigenous communities flourished for thousands of years, developing complex cultures and agricultural practices. European settlers, mainly of British and Scottish descent, arrived in the 18th century and established farms and trading posts.

In the early 19th century, the United States government began a controversial policy of Indian removal, leading to the forced eviction of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands. This tragic event, known as the Trail of Tears, took place between 1838 and 1839 and had a profound impact on the Cherokee County area. Thousands of Cherokee citizens were forcibly relocated to present-day Oklahoma, resulting in the loss of their lands, culture, and lives.

After the removal of the Cherokee, the area experienced significant economic growth and development. The construction of railroads in the mid-19th century helped facilitate trade and industrialization. Cherokee County became known for its mining industry, particularly gold mining, which led to economic prosperity. The county also played a significant role in the Civil War, with many of its citizens serving in both the Confederate and Union armies.

In the modern era, Cherokee County has transformed into a suburban area, attracting residents seeking a balance between rural charm and urban amenities. The county has experienced rapid population growth and has seen the development of vibrant communities, schools, and businesses. Cherokee County remains proud of its historical heritage, with several sites and museums dedicated to preserving and educating the public about its rich history.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Cherokee County, Georgia.

  • 1832 - The Treaty of New Echota is signed, establishing the removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia.
  • 1838 - The forced removal of the Cherokee, known as the Trail of Tears, begins.
  • 1849 - Cherokee County is officially established as a county in the state of Georgia.
  • 1853 - The county seat is established in the town of Canton.
  • 1861-1865 - Cherokee County residents actively participate in the American Civil War, with many serving in Confederate regiments.
  • 1870s - The region experiences economic growth due to the introduction of the railroad, leading to increased trade and prosperity.
  • 1909 - Reinhardt College, a private liberal arts college, is founded in Waleska.
  • 1912 - Cherokee County experiences a devastating tornado, causing significant damage to the county infrastructure.
  • 1960s - The county undergoes desegregation of schools and public facilities as part of the larger Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1986 - Lake Allatoona, a popular recreational area, is created with the completion of the Allatoona Dam.
  • 2010 - The population of Cherokee County surpasses 200,000 residents.