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Polk County Museum and Historical Society in Cedartown Georgia

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The museum features an attractive Cherokee Indian exhibit, a homemade still confiscated from an abandon warehouse by the local police, a display of local celebrities including Sterling Holloway, etc.

Selections from the museums most popular temporary exhibits are also on display: The Boy Scouts in Cedartown; The Armed Forces Exhibits; The Goodyear Mill, 1926-1982; The Cedartown High School Band, as well as images of Cedartown's classic Main Street from the turn-of-the-century. Free admission to the museum.

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms and Party Facilities. Free admission.
History and General Info
The Society is headquartered in a beautiful building on College Street in Cedartown Georgia. The building was designed by noted Georgia architect Neel Reid. Erected in 1921, it was originally the Hawkes Children's Library. A grant from the state provided extensive renovations and made the building an ideal site for a museum. In 1980 the building was placed on the National register of Historic Places, the first structure in Polk County to receive this honor. The Society desires to preserve the building and maintain a museum therein.

The first floor of the building with its spacious display area houses the museum. Of special interest is the Palladian window, a Neel Reid hallmark. The lower floor includes storage and exhibit space, a kitchen and a meeting room with seating for 100 people. The museum was opened formally in September of 1978 with an interesting display of artifacts from this area. Each year the collection of photographs, newspapers, documents, and artifacts has grown, and gifts to the museum are still being accepted. The museum is opened to the public every Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 4 pm and Saturday from noon to 4 pm.

Immediately behind the building is a formal garden built around the fountain that stood for many years on the old Courthouse grounds. Inserted in the wall is the grillwork of the clock from the old Courthouse.
Polk County Historical and Genealogical Records
Wills and Marriage Records: The Probate Court Office located in Courthouse Number in Cedartown Georgia maintains county records of wills and marriages between 1852 to present. Copies of the records are twenty five cents per page. Probate Court Office phone number is 770-748-2128.
Birth and Death Records: The Probate Court Office located in Courthouse Number 1 in Cedartown maintains records of county births and death records. Recording of these records began in 1927 and go to the present. These records are classified as confidential and information taken from these records must be at the authority of the Probate Court Office. The Probate Court Office phone number is 770-748-2128.
Land Deeds: The Clerk of Courts Office located in Courthouse Number 1 in Cedartown Georgia maintains Land Deeds and related information. To obtain these records requesters need the name of person who purchased property and year purchase was made. Plats of property can also be obtained at this office. The Clerk of Courts telephone number is 770-749-2124.
Polk County Historical Museum
Property Location: Persons wishing to know the location of property should contact the Assessors Office in Courthouse annex in Cedartown Georgia. A county map of all land lots can also be purchased at this office. The Assessors Office telephone number is 770-749-2108.
Obituary and Newspaper Articles: The Cedartown Library maintains microfilm copies of The Cedartown Standard where obituaries as well as other news articles can be found and copied. The library issues run from 1900 to the present. The Polk County Historical Society maintains bound copies of The Cedartown Standard. These copies are broken into periods, 1870 to 1921, and 1931 to 1974. The historical society also has some 1800's issues of the Cedartown Record and the Cedartown Advertiser.
Census Records: Cedartown Library has available on microfilm copies of the Polk Co. Census, 1840-1920. Polk County was part of Paulding County from 1840 to 1850, so these years include Polk and Paulding residents as well. Microfilm reading equipment is available to view the census.
Central of Georgia Railroad Information: The Polk County Historical Society maintains copies of the Central of Georgia Railroad Magazine, years 1946 to 1961 This railroad is now part of Southern Railway. The society also has photographs of the railroad depot, now demolished, and trains which operated in Polk County.
Goodyear Mills Information: The Polk Co. Historical Society maintains copies of the Wingfoot Clan publications of Goodyear Mills, years 1945 through 1977. The society also has many photographs and artifacts on display taken from the Goodyear Mill in Cedartown Georgia after it's closing.
Civil War Information: The Polk County Historical Society has bound copies of the "Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia," by Lillian Henderson. These run from 1861 to 1865 and cover all Georgia Units including Polk County. The Cedartown Library has copies of these volumes as well as Civil War Maps and publications of Civil War Histories in Georgia. The historical society has on display some Civil War artifacts contributed by Polk County residents.
Cemetery Records: The Polk County Historical Society and the Cedartown Library have records of cemeteries in Polk County. The most notable records regarding Polk County cemeteries is contained in two volumes compiled by Ralph and Jane Ayers in 1986 titled, "Polk County, Georgia Cemeteries in the Corners of Forever."
Historical Artifacts: The Polk County Historical Society maintains the largest collection of historical artifacts in Polk County with over 1000 on record. Many of the artifacts are on display at the museum located on North College Street in Cedartown Georgia. The historical society began collecting artifacts in 1974, and continue to collect, preserve, and display them for the public.
Special Collections of Historical Information: The Polk County Historical Society and the Cedartown Library maintain special collections of historical information accessible to researchers looking for family, county and area information.

The Polk County Historical Society, Special Collections:
BulletThe Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society Quarterlies, 1961 to 1985.
BulletCedartown High School Annuals, 1947 through 1965
BulletCedartown Georgia City Directories, 1965 through 1986
BulletFamily Histories, filed by surname.
BulletHistories of Polk County Businesses, Churches, Schools etc.
BulletHistories of early settlements in Polk County, Cedartown, Rockmart and Aragon.
Museum Hours of Operation
Open from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. and the last Sunday of the month from 1 pm to 5 pm
Contact - Address & Website
Phone: 770-749-0073 - Address: 205 S. College St, Cedartown Georgia 30125
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