The Polk County Historical Society is located in Cedartown, Georgia. The building they are in has its own story. It was built and designed by Neel Reid (a noted Georgia architect). The first floor has a Palladian window, something that is considered to be a Neel Reid Halmark.
It was first erected in 1921 as the Hawkes Children’s Library. A State grant provided extensive renovations which made the building an ideal site for a museum. In 1980, the building was placed on the National register of Historic Places. It was the first building in Polk County to receive that honor. The Polk County Historical Society maintains the building and the museum.
The museum was formally opened in September of 1978. It had a display of artifacts from the area. Every year, the museum’s collection of photographs, newspapers, documents, and artifacts grows. The museum is still accepting gifts from people who have something relevant to donate.
The PCHS has expanded its operating hours. It is now open from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It is also open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (by appointment). Those who want to make an appointment can call the PCHS. They want to help visitors to research their family roots.
Genealogical Resources at PCHS:
* Central of Georgia Railroad Magazine – 1946 – 1961 The railroad is now part of Southern Railway. The PCHS has photos of the railroad depot (which has since been demolished) and the trains that operated in Polk County.
* Civil War Information – Bound copies of the “Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia” by Lillian Henderson. These run from 1861 – 1865 and cover all Georgia Units including Polk County. PCHS has some Civil War artifacts on display. (The artifacts were donated by Polk County residents).
* Cemetery Records – PCHS has records of cemeteries in Polk County.
* Historical Artifacts – PCHS has over 1000 historical artifacts in their collection. Many are on display at the museum.
* Special Collections of Historical Information – PCHS maintains special collections of historical information accessible to researchers looking for family, county, and area information. The special collection includes family histories that are filed by surname, Cedartown High School Annuals, Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society Quarterlies, and more.
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