Guide To A Three-Day Weekend In Cartersville

January 25, 2014 8:00 AM

Cartersville gives Atlantans and visitors the chance to immerse themselves in outdoor activities and Indian heritage history. Sites include the Etowah Indian Mounds dating back to 1000 A.D., and a downtown restaurant scene dating back to the 1800s, featuring the first outdoor painted Coca-Cola sign in the country. While you’re there exploring, enjoy the second largest museum in Georgia, associated with the Smithsonian Institution. Follow Highway 75 North from Atlanta and exit into Cartersville to start your journey into the past.

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Etowah Mound (Credit, Diane Chapman)

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Road S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 387-3747

A quick ride from the historic downtown district of Cartersville takes you to the ancient Etowah Indian Mounds State Park, where you can traverse the village plaza to climb the mounds. This grassy park bordered by the picturesque Etowah River is a curious blend of flat terrain plus fascinating mounds erected between 1000 and 1550 A.D. for the temple that housed the chief of the tribe, as well as burial pits that were layered through the years by the Etowahs. It’s estimated that only nine percent of the original village has been excavated. Don’t pass up the museum in the visitor’s center. It houses an interesting collection of artifacts, including stone effigies portraying the native people’s appearance.

Booth Western Art Museum
501 Museum Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 387-1300

The Booth Western Art Museum is the second largest museum in Georgia with 120,000 square feet of display space, featuring contemporary western art, Civil War art, illustration art, a presidential gallery and a children’s gallery. You’ll find a complete history of upper western Georgia, including Civil War and Native American artifacts. In the Sagebrush Ranch gallery, kids can experience a simulated bull ride in a mock rodeo setting. The museum is closed Mondays, but opens Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Ross’ Diner
17 N. Wall St.
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 382-9159

Ross’ Diner has been serving up southern cooking including steak and gravy since 1945. A self-described “hot dog” joint, the storefront is the original with a 1940s awning and sign in a small red brick building. This dive features lunch, breakfast and brunch, with Monday through Thursday and Saturday hours from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays offer evening hours as well until 8:30 p.m. Try the biscuits while you’re there.

Knight’s 1889 Food & Spirits
24 W. Main St.
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 605-1889

At Knight’s, you’ll find a full-service bar and an authentic cajun menu, as well as steaks and burgers. Try chicken gumbo, crawfish etoufeé, shrimp and grits, oysters and bread pudding. Knight’s also features a children’s menu. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Etowah Heritage Bed & Breakfast
206 N. Gilmer St.
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 757-9152

You can sleep adjacent to historic downtown Cartersville by enjoying the restored 19th century atmosphere at the Etowah Heritage Bed & Breakfast. Walk to dining and the Booth Western Art Museum. The Etowah Indian Mounds are a few moments away by car from the inn, which features five rooms with elegant individual bathrooms. If you’re looking for a lavish place to relax after exploring and shopping, this inn features grand southern hospitality.

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Di Chapman has been writing professionally for trade journals, audiobooks and a global business clientele since her early 20s. A coauthor of four books and a regular contributor to numerous blogs, she currently lives in the historic district of Roswell, Georgia, in the greater Atlanta area. Her work can be found at

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