Bartow County has a history as intriguing as it is long. This beautiful part of northwest Georgia developed rapidly after 1838, when the Cherokee were removed along the "Trail of Tears" and settlers poured in from Virginia and the Carolinas. The energy of these settlers, combined with the arrival of the railroad, made Bartow a proud and prosperous
county by the mid-nineteenth century. This was not to last: the War between the States turned life upside down, and at the close of this great conflict
in 1865, the county bore almost no resemblance to the
successful place it had been just a few years before. These tumultuous years also saw the development of photography, and the photographers that recorded life in Bartow County from the Reconstruction era to the 1960s were unknowingly
creating images that are treasured today as uniquely accessible historical documents.
About the Author
Michele Rodgers, director of the Bartow History Center, has combined carefully selected images from the Center's archives with informative text to create an evocative visual history that brings Bartow County's past to life. Bartow County will be enjoyed by older folk as a trip down memory lane; appreciated by younger generations as a
glimpse of an era when life was harder, but perhaps simpler; and valued as a source of information by historians amateur and professional alike. It reminds us of the importance of understanding our past and preserving our heritage as we deal with the computer age and march toward the twenty-first century.