Calhoun - Gordon County Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Home of the First Major Battlefield in the Atlanta Campaign
• Home of the First Georgia Confederate Cemetery
• Home of the Cherokee Nation Capital
• Beginning of the Trail of Tears
Calhoun – Gordon County Visitors Center
300 South Wall Street, Calhoun, Georgia 30701
Phone: (706) 625-3200
Toll Free: (800) 887-3811
Events: Gordon County Calendar of Events
Welcome to Gordon County, strategically located on I-75 in Northwest Georgia, 45 minutes from both Atlanta and Chattanooga. There are several important historical sites in Gordon County and the surrounding area.
Near Exit 320 off I-75 you can experience a major Civil War battlefield. The Battle of Resaca was the first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign. Development of the Resaca Battlefield Park is underway now and should be completed in the near future. You can visit the first Georgia Confederate Cemetery at this battlefield site.
New Echota Cherokee Capital is one of many Cherokee Indian sites in the area. In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self government by an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River, and the assembly of Indians for removal west on the infamous Trail of Tears. Today, visitors can see several original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store, as well as outbuildings such as smoke houses, corn cribs and barns. In the visitor center, guest can purchase original Native American arts, crafts and music, and view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film.
Located in downtown Calhoun (at 335 Wall Street) is Oakleigh. This beautifully restored Antebellum residence was used as General Sherman's headquarters during the Civil War and is now home of the Gordon County Historical Society. It houses a collection of over 1,500 dolls.
The Harris Arts Center is home to the Calhoun Gordon Arts Council, which is an umbrella organization comprised of this arts center is also home of the Roland Hayes Museum, the Calhoun Little Theatre, the Calhoun Community Chorus, the Visual Arts Guild and fine arts galleries, the Roland Hayes Music Guild/ACTS Performance Series, and Educational and Community outreach through art, music, theater classes, camps and events. The Roland Hayes Museum honors the Gordon County native who was the first African-American classical singer to have an international career on the concert and operatic stage.
There is great shopping to be found at Calhoun Premium Outlets, the largest outlet mall in northwest Georgia. There are 50 brand-name outlet stores, including Tommy Hilfiger, Jones New York, Naturalizer, COACH Factory, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, and Nike Factory Store all offering savings of up to 65%. The center is located right off I-75 at Exit 312.
If you want to get in a round of golf, the highly rated Fields Ferry Golf Course can be enjoyed for a very satisfactory fee.
See the advertisements below for more detailed information about regional historical sites and museums.