Cartersville, the county seat for Bartow County, honors Colonel Farish Carter, one of Georgia's wealthiest antebellum landowners. Though Cartersville incorporated on February 8, 1854, Union soldiers destroyed the city during the Civil War, and so it was only after the city rebuilt, that it incorporated again in 1872.
Cartersville is the home of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge and Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. Located along Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain offers abundant wildlife, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. The historic Etowah Indian Mounds, meanwhile, showcases ceremonial mounds that date from 1,000-1,500 A.D.