Acworth, the Northern most city in Cobb county is the center of a thriving, vibrant community and as the “Lake City” has a quality of life seldom available in the world today. Acworth offers that unique combination of a hometown community with a true downtown Main Street and a progressive outlook: looking forward to the challenges presented by new growth, yet proud to preserve the history of its orgin.
Acworth’s history can be traced back to when the Cherokee Nation dotted the area which today is know as Acworth with settlements and enjoyed rich hunting grounds until the early 1830’s. The unsuccessful Gold Rush in the 1820’s and 1830’s lured white settlers in increasing numbers. This provoked conflicts with the local tribes. In 1831 Georgia organized Cherokee County and in 1832 divided it into 10 counties. The lands were sold in the land lottery of 1832. After many failed treaties and much conflict, the Federal Government relocated more than 17,000 Cherokees to Oklahoma from 1838 to 1839 by way of the infamous “Trail of Tears.”
The war first reached home during April 1862 when Andrew’s Raiders stole the famous engine, “The General,” in nearby Big Shanty and “The The State-owned Western and Atlantic Railroad began operation in 1845 in what is now Atlanta and reached Chattanooga by 1851. Water was the lifeblood of the railroad and Nothcutt Station was the first northbound water stop on the new railroad. Insired by its majestic beauty, Joseph Gregg (a W&A Railroad Engineer) renamed Northcutt and called it Acworth after his hometown of Acworth, New Hampshire. The name stuck and Acworth prospered as a busy trade center that combined restful fun with the excitement of commerce. In December of 1860 all of the land in a half-mile radius of The Northcutt Station was incorporated as the thriving City of Acworth, Ga.
Great Locomotive Chase” raced through Acworth. This unique event has been chronicled in newspapers, magazines, books and two major movies. Sherman was headquartered in Acworth for several days. Following the battles before and after Kennesaw Mountain, many local homes and churches became hospitals. Acworth was spared the torch until November 1864; many were burned.
Acworth rose from the flames of the Reconstruction and began to flourish. Again in 1903, the Georgia General Assembly re-incorporated Acworth as a City. In 1950 Lake Allatoona was completed and it, along with Lake Acworth, has given rise to many recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors.
Today , Acworth, the Northern most city in Cobb county is the center of a thriving, vibrant community and as the “Lake City” has a quality of life seldom available in the world today. Acworth offers that unique combination of a hometown community with a true downtown Main Street and a progressive outlook: looking forward to the challenges presented by new growth, yet proud to preserve the history of its orgin.
DINING IN ACWORTH When you come to Acworth, Georgia, come hungry! The sheer variety and quality of Acworth’s dining options will make your mouth water! “Foodies” will have a field day in downtown Acworth, exploring the ambience-rich coffee shops and cafes, and the many full-service restaurants that feature traditional, Southern family fare to upscale Cajun, Italian, Mexican/Cuban, Japanese, Chinese, American and global cuisine. To learn more about the wonderful independent restaurants in Acworth’s historic downtown just click on the WC Dine Out Guide – downtown Acworth. Of course, Acworth has all of the familiar national chain restaurants as well. For a complete listing of all restaurants in Acworth. Click here for a complete list of Acworth restaurants
SHOPPING on MAIN STREET If you have not shopped in downtown Acworth before, you are certainly in for a treat. The stores are definitely a step out of the “Big Box” stores at the mall or The Avenues … and a far cry from Wally World. There is a little something for everyone. So, If you’re looking for a unique gift for family or a friend, or that prized antique piece for you home you can find it here. Some shops are closed on Monday and hours may vary so be sure to check times. After a delicious lunch on Main Street, be sure to treat yourself to a walk down Main Street and explore the many quaint and unique shops that line this historic street. Let’s Go Shopping on Main Street in downtown Acworth Just click on the map below to enlarge it.
ACWORTH FARMERS MARKET – It’s time for the annual Acworth Farmer’s’ Market to begin in downtown Acworth! The season opens Friday, May 29th and will continue each Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. through October 30th. The Farmer’s Market is located in the upper parking lot in downtown Acworth. Sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, the Farmers’ Market features a variety of fresh produce grown by local farmers, as well as a variety of other locally produced items. For more information on the Farmers Market, or if you’d like information about being a vendor, please call 770-974-8813.
Lake Allatoona You can’t talk about Acworth without thinking of its proximity to both Lake Allatoona and Lake Acworth. It is situated on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River. The serene lake and peaceful surroundings offer a respite from the rush of city living. It is one of the most frequently visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. More than 6 million visitors each year enjoy picnicking, boating, swimming and just watching the wild lie at Lake Alatoona.
Lake Allatoona is the oldest multipurpose project in the South Atlantic Division (SAD). It was authorized under the Flood Control Acts (FCAs) of August 18,1941, and December 22, 1944, for the purposes of flood control and hydroelectric generation. The FCA of 1944 also authorized construction of recreation facilities. Impoundment of the project began in December 1949 and was in full operation by January 1950. The total cost of the Allatoona project for construction, land, clearing and relocation was $31.5 million. Allatoona was authorized for flood control, hydroelectric power generation, water supply and water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife management. The Allatoona project has an 1,110 square mile drainage area. This is the first impoundment for water as it flows from the Blue Ridge Mountain region, and additional water for the project depends on rainfall. Responsible stewardship of the lake and surrounding 25,000 acres of public lands is the highest priority for the staff at Allatoona.
As one of the most frequently visited Corps lakes in the nation, Allatoona provides recreation opportunities for over 6 million visitors annually. The Corps and other public and private organizations work together to provide a wide spectrum of quality recreation opportunities. These opportunities fuel the regional economy by nearly $250 million annually. As metro Atlanta moves northwest, this usage is certain to increase. The Corps of Engineers has 688 campsites on the lake along with 453 picnic sites. Additional facilities are found in nine city and county parks, one state park and eight commercial marinas. Allatoona has 270 miles of shoreline on which 978 Shoreline Use permits have been issued.
Lake Acworth is a 90-acre located southwest of the city of Acworth. It is located in the extreme northwestern part of Cobb Couny. The lake impounds Proctor Creek and outflows into Lake Allatoona. The low dam is at the point where State Route 92 (Lake Acworth Drive) crosses it The city of Acworth operates Acworth Beach, a publicbeach and park along the northern shore of the lake. It was created by trucking white sand in and putting it over the rust-red clay soil the region has (which would otherwise be mud and cause nearly-indelible stains to beachgoers and their clothing, shoes, and towels).
THE SPECIAL NEEDS BALL FIELD Community leaders along with the City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department are raising funds to operate the Horizon Field at the Acworth Sports Complex. The facility and funds raised will support the Special Needs Athletic Programs. This is only one of two such facilities in the entire Atlanta metro area and the only one that is located within the regular city youth baseball complex.
VETERANS MEMORIAL at PATRIOTS POINT The service flags of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard surround the American Flag. The concrete dome structure is surrounded by a paver walkway. The engraved pavers are still for sale.
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