A visit to this "Norman Rockwell" kind of town is a must for
anyone who loves history, antiquing and good food! Adairsville, nestled
in the Oothcalooga Valley, was the first Georgia town to be listed in
its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places (December 1987).
The town's genesis was as a small village named in honor of Chief John
Adair, a Scottish settler who married a Cherokee Indian girl. The railroad
which lies at the center of town was central to its development. Land
which was owned by William Watts was in the direct path of the Western
and Atlantic Railroad's expansion to Chattanooga.
Watts' home was built around the foundation of an Indian cabin, high
on a hill overlooking the present-day town of Adairsville. He deeded land
to the railroad and then surveyed business lots. The depot was completed
in 1847 and Adairsville grew quickly as mills, blacksmiths and hotels
opened around the town square. The town continued to prosper, becoming
known as the "Granary of the State," and was incorporated in 1854.
The Civil War brought much action to Adairsville, including the Gravel
House Battle (May 17, 1864) and the
Great Locomotive Chase (April 12, 1862). The Chase is probably the war's
best known escapade, made famous by a Walt Disney movie of the same name.
Each fall, the Great Locomotive Chase Festival, a three-day celebration
is held in remembrance of the event (first weekend each October).
In the 1940's the chenille textile industry brought many "spreadline"
to Adairsville. Visitors along the Old Dixie Highway will recall peacock
chenille spreads blowing in the wind. A good time to visit is the first
weekend each June for the 90-Mile Dixie Highway Yard Sale. See
Events for more details.
Today, many of the pre-Civil War homes and churches stand alongside fine
Victorian examples in the 170-acre historic district. Explore tree-lined
streets and marvel at the interesting history shared by residents in the
Adairsville Visitor's Guide
brochure. Browse the
antique shops and boutiques and stay for
lunch or dinner in one of the area's fine restaurants.
Just 5 miles outside Adairsville is
Barnsley Resort. Romanticism envelopes this 1840's estate. Englishman Godfrey Barnsley
patterned his estate after the visions of Andrew Jackson Downing, the
architect who designed the grounds of the U.S. Capitol & White House.
Surviving is a rare view of the antebellum South where heirloom gardens
surround the once grand manor house. Today guests can retreat to luxurious
suites in English-village cottages. Top off a restful night with a scrumptious
meal at the Woodlands Grill or the Rice House restaurant, treat yourself
to a signature spa treatment, and play for par on the challenging Fazio-designed
Adairsville's location - exactly 65 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles
south of Chattanooga - makes for a convenient overnight stay here. Four
hotels at I-75 Exit 306 offer comfortable accommodations at reasonable
prices. RV campers are welcome at the Harvest Moon RV Park and Leisure
Time RV Park. See
Lodging for details on guest rooms and camp sites.
Other area attractions include discount shopping at Calhoun Premium Outlets,
various antique auctions and factory direct savings on tile and home decor.
Be sure to
contact us for complete details to plan your visit to Adairsville!
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