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Bartow County

Incorporated Date: 
December 3, 1832
Total Area: 
459.9 sq mi
Contact Information
135 West Cherokee Ave., Suite 251
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone Number: 
(770) 387-5030
Fax Number: 
(770) 387-5023

Bartow County, established in 1832 as "Cass County" to honor General Lewis Cass of Michigan, renamed when that general supported abolitionists during the Civil War and so proved an embarrassment to the Confederate populace. In 1861, residents decided to recognize instead General Francis S. Bartow who led victorious Southern forces at the First Battle of Manassas. When yet another general, William Tecumsah Sherman, destroyed Cassville, the first county seat, residents selected a point a few miles south on the railroad, Cartersville, as the new county seat.