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Cherokee County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
December 21, 1830
Population: 
210,529
Total Area: 
423.7 sq mi
Contact Information
1130 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
Phone Number: 
(678) 493-6000
Fax Number: 
(678) 493-6013

Cherokee County, established in 1830 and later divided into 24 counties, built on lands previously held by the Cherokee Nation. Forcible removal of the tribes opened the area to settlers looking for cheap land and seeking the source of gold some Cherokee used for trade. Canton, the county seat, is named for the city in China. Founders of the town tried to initiate silk production there, but nothing more than the name survived that venture.