Preservation of Bartow County’s Historic Cemeteries

In recognition of Historic Preservation Month, the Bartow History Museum welcomes Vickie Crowe, CEO of Bartow Ancestors, Inc., as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at noon.  Crowe’s topic will be the preservation of Bartow County’s historic cemeteries.

For years, the month of May has been designated as Historic Preservation Month, and organizations are encouraged to highlight the historic preservation efforts taking place in their community.  Crowe will discuss cemetery cleaning and preservation efforts, as well as, put faces and stories to the people buried in some of Bartow’s historic cemeteries.

The Bartow Ancestors Cemetery Fund was started in 2014 by members of Bartow Ancestors, Inc. after research into the families and individuals buried in the county cemeteries.  This group noticed that some of these cemeteries suffered from neglect and wanted to do something to preserve and maintain these important links to our past.  So far, the group has worked in the Chitwood and Goodsen cemeteries, and they have identified at least 10 other that need immediate attention as volunteers and funds allow.

Lunch & Learn will take place on May 20, at noon.  Guests are invited to bring a lunch and the doors will open at 11:45 a.m.    The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at

Welcome Center to be Closed Next Week

The Downtown Cartersville Welcome Center will be closed next week, Tuesday-Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New Covered Pavilion in Friendship Plaza

Cartersville DDA announces no June or July First Friday in 2015

CARTERSVILLE- Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is pleased to announce the construction that will be taking place beginning in June on a new covered pavilion in Friendship Plaza. The construction will take 6-8 weeks to complete, thus there will be no First Friday in June or July.

The new, covered pavilion that is to be constructed this summer in Friendship Plaza will be located where the current 20 x 20’ platform sits beside the depot. In its place, the new 20 x 24’, covered pavilion will mimic the look of the 1854 Western Atlantic Depot, and will provide a needed amenity downtown allowing for various performances to be held year round. The City of Cartersville and Cartersville DDA have contracted with Haigler Systems Architecture and Pennant Construction on the project. The pavilion is being paid for through funds of the Business Improvement District.

To stay up to date on details of future First Friday events and concerts on the new covered pavilion, check out the Cartersville Downtown Facebook page and website at

Downtown Cartersville Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Attached is the official list of the Downtown Cartersville Selfie Scavenger Hunt. The deadline to turn in photos is Friday, May 8th at 4 PM. READY. SET. PHOTO!!!


2015 Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee March 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Nancy Jackson; Sheri Peeples; Mona Lewis; Jenny Gilbert; Brandi Walls; Linda Roth; Hollie Duncan; Cindy Smith; and Tara Currier

February Minutes Tara asked everyone review the minutes from February.

Items in Progress: – Flyer: Hollie shared the flyer she has created for the Farmer’s Market. These can be distributed anywhere vendors/committee members are able.

– Incentive Program for Shoppers: It was decided that Punch Cards, similar to what DDA does for downtown retailers, may be the best option. A card will be created with 20, $5 circles. For every $5 a shopper spends, the vendor will mark through one of the circles. Once the card has been filled (i.e. the shopper has spent $100 at the Farmer’s Market), s/he may turn the card in to one of the Advisory Committee members. A drawing will be held once per month. Vendors will be asked to donate one item each month for the basket.

– Meeting with Downtown Restaurants: Dozie and Tara will lead a meeting with downtown restaurants on Wednesday, April 15, at 2 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to try and get more participation from the restaurants at the Farmer’s Market, and discuss how restaurants may be able to purchase excess product from vendors.

Set Dates for Events:

– Zucchini Festival: Saturday, June 27th Categories to include: Biggest Zucchini; Most Unusual Zucchini; Best Zucchini Dish. OTHER IDEAS? Could also ask vendors to donate small zucchinis and allow kids to paint them; winner for “best decorated.”

– Tomato Festival: Saturday, July 25th Categories: Biggest Tomato; Ugliest Tomato; Prettiest (most vibrant color); Best Tasting. OTHER IDEAS? Will ask vendors to donate tomatoes, and DDA staff will provide bread and mayonnaise and make sandwiches.

– Friday, August 7, is “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” First Friday Vendors are encouraged to set up for this event.

– September Canning Demonstration. It was suggested Lisa Fowler be contacted regarding this and to set a date.

Other Items to Discuss? Tara inquired where the best location for porta potties would be. DDA board is considering renting a handicap unit and regular unit to be placed downtown for the duration of the Farmer’s Market season (June – September). Under the Bridge was deemed the best location.

Tara also asked that Advisory Committee help with the parking overflow rules. Vendors should only park outside of the Founder’s Oak parking area if there are NO remaining spaces in that lot.

In closing, Jenny suggested arranging a late April/early May plant sell. Tara will contact Paul Pugliese regarding this idea.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting, Thursday, April 23, 4 PM. Cartersville Train Depot.

New Feature Exhibition Opening at Bartow History Museum



The Bartow History Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new feature exhibition on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  The new exhibit, “Fill ‘er Up: The Story of the Service Station,” takes a look at the way gas and service stations have changes over time.

Throughout the early 20th century, gas stations popped up along early roadways and provided fuel for motorists across the country.  Today’s gas stations complete with mini-marts, fast food restaurants, car washes and islands of self-serve fuel have come a long way since the days of pumping gas from a storage tank into a glass or metal dispenser.

This exhibit will include a variety of historic gas pumps and other tools, parts, and fixtures used both inside and outside the station, as well as photographs of Bartow County service stations.  While historic service stations are disappearing, they will continue to serve as reminders of earlier times when every tank of gas came with an oil check and a cleaned windshield.

The opening will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  A member’s preview and reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments provided by Highway 41 Filling Station.  At 7 p.m., author and historian, Abbie Parks, will present a special lecture on her book Images of America: North Georgia’s Dixie Highway.  Through historic photographs, the book chronicles the rise of the Dixie Highway tourist route and the service related businesses that sprang up along that route, including service stations.

The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  Parking is available next to the building.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln


Bartow History Museum


The Bartow History Museum welcomes Robert Jones, author and president of the Kennesaw Historical Society, as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at noon.  Jones’ topic will be the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound received at Ford’s Theater from actor John Wilkes Booth.  On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, Jones will present a detailed timeline of the assassination, look at the conspirators involved in the plot, and their disposition after the assassination trial.  While the assassination had little effect on the outcome of the Civil War, it had a huge impact on post-War reconstruction, which was much more severe than it would have been otherwise.  Following the program, Jones will sign copies of his book Conspirators, Assassins, and the Death of Abraham Lincoln.

In addition to serving as president of the Kennesaw Historical Society, Robert Jones is a prolific author, having written books on the Civil War, railroads, ghost towns, and Christian history.

Lunch & Learn will take place on April 15, at noon.  Guests are invited to bring a lunch and the doors will open at 11:45 a.m.    The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at

Cartersville DDA Receives Award



Cartersville, GA Cartersville Downtown Development Authority & Main Street Program received one of the first ever Awards of Association Excellence from the Historic High Country Travel Association (HHCTA). Recognized for the various work and involvement on the 2nd Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, held on Saturday, October 19, 2014, HHCTA President Tom Shinall announced earlier this month that Cartersville DDA received the award for Best Event with Attendance of 2,500 or more.


Established in 2014, under former HHCTA President Tara Currier, the HHCTA Awards of Excellence are a way to recognize, honor and promote the outstanding achievements of efforts made in the hospitality and tourism industries in the northwest region of Georgia. To be eligible for submitting a nomination, the nominee must be a member of Georgia’s Historic High Country Travel Association. All submissions were due at the end of 2014, with a Selection Committee formed in early 2014 to review and score all nominations.


“It is exciting to present an inaugural Award of Association Excellence to the Cartersville DDA for Best Event with an Attendance over 2,500,” said Tom Shinall current President of HHCTA. “The DDA’s Bluegrass & Folk Festival was nominated along with several other large regional events. To come out as the winner shows that their hard work and dedication to the event did not go unnoticed. This is a well-deserved award to a relatively new annual event in the Historic High Country Travel Association Region.”


Cartersville DDA submitted nominations for both the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival for Best Event, and for the new downtown mobile app, for Best Marketing Effort. The news of receiving the Award for Excellence for Best Event with Attendance of 2,500+ was a great honor and humbling recognition for all the hard work that has gone into that event since it’s inception in 2013.


Shared DDA/Main Street Promotions Chair Lara Jeanneret, “The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival was started in 2013 after a few board members and I discussed a need to bring a great festival like this to downtown. Downtown Cartersville was lacking any type of large event, specifically a music festival, and so the rest of the board felt this was a good idea to pursue. The first year went well, and we were able to make some positive improvements and changes to the 2014 event, which ended up attracting approximately 3,500 people. With two stages of entertainment, a large kid’s area, and numerous vendors, the free event offers plenty for people of all ages to enjoy. Planning takes right at 10 months for the event, which includes recruiting sponsors for the event; establishing the marketing strategy; coordinating the logistics of setup and cleanup; and arranging for volunteers to assist with the event. It is such an honor to have received the HHCTA Award for Association Excellence for the event in just its’ second year.”


Planning is already underway for the 3rd Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, which will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015. New this year, a committee has been formed to help with the planning and implementation of the event. It is the feeling that the 2015 event should be the biggest to date. In addition to establishing a Festival Zone to allow for the sale of beer and wine, the desire is to double the vendor area, and conclude the evening on the Main Stage, which will be on a brand new, covered pavilion which should be completed this summer. Sponsors are currently being sought for the event, and more information can be found by visiting


About the Historic High Country Travel Association:

The Historic High Country Travel Association (HHCTA) is a volunteer organization, the mission of which is economic development in the 17-county northwest Georgia region through tourism marketing and promotion of its members.  Our objective is to provide leadership, networking, and cooperative advertising opportunities, collaboration and a communication link with the travel industry.  The HHCTA serves Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Pickens, Paulding, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties.

More information at


About the Downtown Development Authority of Cartersville & Main Street Program:

The Downtown Development Authority of Cartersville was established in 1981, and Cartersville became a National Main Street Program in 1987. The mission of these organizations is to collaboratively enhance the downtown district by following the Main Street Four Point Approach®, assisting entrepreneurs and current downtown business and property owners, and ensuring downtown remains a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and play through various events and activities planned through the office.

April 6 2015 DDA Board Meeting Minutes

DDA Board Meeting Minutes – Special Meeting

April 6, 2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Lara Jeanneret, Dan Kramer, Maureen Kirkland and Bill Chandler
Board Members Absent: Jim Ballew
Others Present: Dan Porta and Tara Currier

Meeting was called to order by Nancy Jackson. Nancy shared that Jim Ballew contacted her Thursday letting her know he would not be able to attend the called meeting.

Election of Officers:
Chair: Nancy made a motion for Earline Burke to be Chair; Bill seconded; all voted in favor.
Vice Chair: Earline made a motion for Nancy Jackson to be Vice Chair; Dan seconded; all voted in favor.
Secretary/Treasurer: Bill made a motion for Dan Kramer to serve as Secretary; Earline seconded; all voted in favor.
In discussion of the Secretary/Treasurer role, Nancy asked if there really needed to be a position of Treasurer since the City handles the budget. Tara suggested that the board review the bylaws and consider amending to best meet the board’s needs and preferences.

The Executive Committee roles will take effect May 1, 2015.

Election of Committee Chairs:
Outreach: Lara made a motion recommending Maureen Kirkland as the Outreach Chair; Bill seconded; all voted in favor.
Design: Earline made a motion recommending Nancy Jackson as Design Chair; Dan seconded; all voted in favor.
Promotions: Nancy made a motion recommending Lara Jeanneret continue as Promotions Chair; Dan seconded; all voted in favor.
Economic Development: Nancy made a motion recommending Bill Chandler continue as Economic Development Chair; Earline seconded; all voted in favor.

Manager Comments re: Departure:
Tara showed the board the notebook she has put together detailing much of the roles/responsibilities of the Manager. The notebook will be left on the Manager desk.
She also pointed out the need for the board to stay on top of the Accreditation Standards and ensure all work is being done to maintain accreditation.
Dan Porta will serve as Interim Manager until a replacement is hired.

Discussion of Pavilion:
Tara presented copies of the pavilion rendering Jim Haigler provided last week. The drawings were submitted to Cartersville City Council during their Work Session on April 2. Council was in favor of the drawings, with Mayor Santini suggesting that the middle, side posts be eliminated, pending structural safety, to provide better views of the stage. This suggestion has been passed along to Jim Haigler. Board also agreed with that suggestion, and liked rendering overall.
Tara then posed the question of renaming the ‘Main Stage’ of the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival to the Depot Stage. This would help equalize the two stages. Bluegrass documents will be updated accordingly to reflect this change.

Meeting was adjourned. Next, regular scheduled board meeting will be Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 8:30 AM.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Downtown Development Authority Manager

City of Cartersville

Downtown Development Manager

The City of Cartersville has immediate need for a Downtown Development Manager to provide leadership and direction for the City’s downtown development/revitalization and Main Street Programs. This position is responsible for managing the City’s downtown development program and Main Street Program, including business development/recruitment, existing business outreach, marketing/promotional initiatives, etc., in coordination with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board and Cartersville City Manager.

This position requires:

• Bachelor’s degree: Business Administration, Public Administration, Economic Development, Marketing and/or equivalent experience.
• 3 years’ prior experience in a leadership/supervisory role/position involving supervision/direction of paid and voluntary staff in a public or non-profit organization, preferably in DDA, Historic Preservation, Main Street revitalization focus.
• 3-5 years’ experience in leadership role with Downtown Development Organization, especially in supervising/developing staff/employees.
• Ability to build strong organizational teams, both with internal and external stake holders.
• Skill in developing relationships with existing/potential membership, staff, local/state officials, and elected officials.
• Demonstrated ability to procure grants, donations, and other funding necessary to successfully accomplish Downtown Goals/objectives.
• Ability to develop budgets and ensure financial accountability.
• Excellent written/verbal presentation skills, especially in promotion of special events.
• Ability to develop/implement strategies to accomplish organizational vision and directives from DDA Board and City Manager.
• Demonstrated ability to use business/office software, especially Microsoft Office software and other software related to Downtown business and economic development.

Position responsibilities:

• Provide leadership/direction for Cartersville Downtown Development in implementing/completing all short/long term/strategic plans, programs, projects, initiatives, etc.
• Implement vision/initiatives/strategies in coordination with Cartersville City Manager and DDA Board.
• Coordinate initiatives with allied organizations, including Cartersville-Bartow Joint Development Authority, Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Cartersville/Bartow Chamber of Commerce, City of Cartersville Departments, etc.
• Develop processes to meet the needs of Downtown businesses and stakeholders.
• Develop annual budget for the DDA in coordination with DDA Board, City Director of Finance, and City Manager, ensuring financial accountability.
• Direct professional/paid and volunteer staff.
• Build strong relationships with appropriate local, state, federal agencies and allied organizations.
• Serve as DDA representative to DDA Board Meetings and other organizations/entities as directed/required.
• Develop/present information/data in monthly report format to update City Manager and DDA Board regarding all activity and results.

Compensation: Base salary plus excellent benefits package.

Qualified individuals interested in applying for this position should forward resume by April 17, 2015 to: or fax: 770-386-5685.