The former Canton Police Department building will be the new home of the Cherokee County History Museum and Preservation Center. GOOGLE MAPS

Cherokee history museum moving to new quarters

The Cherokee County Historical Society announced it is paying $1.32 million to buy the Canton Police Department building for the new home of the Cherokee County History Museum and Preservation Center.

After renovating the building, the society will move the museum to the former police station, 221 E. Marietta St., Canton, from the historic marble county courthouse at 100 North St., Canton

The society said it will make an initial payment of $600,000 to Canton when the purchase is finalized this summer; the remainder will be paid annually from a tourism grant the society receives from the city’s hotel/motel tax fund.

“We are excited to finalize the location of the new History Center,” said Historical Society Director Stefanie Joyner. “This will bring a much needed cultural attraction to Cherokee County and provide a place for students to learn about local history.”

Details about the new museum and an upcoming capital campaign for the project will be released later this year. Information: Stefanie Joyner, 770-345-3288, or

Last summer, the city of Canton moved city offices to the former Canton High School, a historic 1924 building acquired from the Cherokee County School District. The former city hall was renamed the City of Canton Public Safety and Municipal Court Building, new home of the police department.

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