Bartow County

Bartow County

Bartow County

County Formed: December 3, 1832
County Seat: Cartersville
Incorporated Cities: Adairsville, Cartersville, Emerson, Euharlee, Kingston, Taylorsville and White
Total Area: 459.9 square miles
Current Population Estimates (2009):1

  • Bartow County – 96,217
  • Adairsville – 3,419
  • Cartersville – 18,965
  • Emerson – 1,522
  • Euharlee – 4,217
  • Kingston – 680
  • Taylorsville – 228
  • White – 729


When Bartow County was established in 1832 from Cherokee County, it was named “Cass County” after Lewis Cass, Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson. The name was of Michigan. Nearly 30 years later, General Cass’s abolitionist views became an embarrassment to the Confederate populace, and the county’s name was changed to honor General Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate General to die in the Civil War.

Cassville, the original county seat that was burned by Union Forces in 1864, was the site of the first Georgia Supreme Court decision in 1846.

Points of Interest:

Red Top Mountain State Park, Bartow Carver Park, and Allatoona Lake occupy a large portion of southeast Bartow County. The lake’s wildlife management area serves as a public hunting area. Other local attractions include the Etowah Indian Mounds, Euharlee Historic Area, Roselawn, Barnsley Gardens, and the Weinman Mineral Museum.

The county provides a habitat for one endangered plant, the Jeffersonia Diphylla (Twin Leaf), and three endangered animals: the Indian Bat, the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, and the Southern Bald Eagle.

Notable Citizens:

Several notable people have hailed from Bartow County. These include Rebecca Latimer Felton who at the age of 87 became the first woman U.S. senator. She was appointed to fulfill an unfinished term. Sam P. Jones was a nationally known evangelist in the late 1880s. Bill Arp was a famous philosopher and humorist during the Civil War era. Corra Harris, was the author of several books including A Circuit Rider’s Life, based on her life as a traveling minister’s wife.

Higher Education:

North Metro Technical Institute and Georgia Highlands College both have satellite campuses in Bartow County.

Additional Resources:

  1. Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau; County Estimate Source: Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties for Georgia: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2010 (CO-EST2009-01-13) Release Date: March 2010.  Incorporated Estimate Source: Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Georgia: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (SUB-EST2009-04-13) Release Date: September 2010. []
  2. Source: Georgia Department of Community Affairs []