Euharlee derives its meaning from the well-known Indian name Eufaula, meaning, she laughs as she runs. The area around the small town of Euharlee contains archaeological evidence of earlier Indian civilizations. Present-day Euharlee was settled in the 1840’s in the presence of several mills and was called Burges Mill. In 1852, the town was incorporated as Euharleeville and in 1870, a new charter established Euharlee, pronounced U-harley.
A visit to 21st Century Euharlee portrays the town virtually unchanged from it’s 1800’s appearance, although visitors will notice the large smoke stacks of Georgia Power Plant Bowen and its growth spurt of new homes surrounding the historic village.
Visitors should make their first stop at local landmark, the Euharlee Covered Bridge, one of the oldest covered bridges remaining in Georgia as part of the statewide Covered Bridge Trail. The Euharlee Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Euharlee History Museum welcomes visitors with details of the town buildings and there’s always a good story and fond memories shared.
In addition to the Covered Bridge, stroll around town to see the now silent landmarks that once bustled with activity including the Travelers Well, Militia #851 District Courthouse, J.T. Lowry’s Blacksmith Shop, the Grist Mill ruins, and Commissary I and II. Historic structures still in use include the 1860’s Covered Bridge Store, Euharlee Baptist Church, the Church Parsonage (a.k.a. The Millers House), and Euharlee Presbyterian Church.
Make a splash at the Euharlee Covered Bridge Country Store and Mercantile. Here the Euharlee Creek Outfitters service offers tube, kayak and canoe rentals with transportation for a relaxing day on the Etowah River.
Come visit Euharlee today. Directions: I-75 north of Atlanta to Exit 288, go south on GA 113 for 5.5 miles through downtown Cartersville. Turn right onto Euharlee Road and continue about 6 miles, then turn left onto Covered Bridge Road. Continue through Euharlee, past Plant Bowen, back to GA 113. Turn left to return to Cartersville for lodging, shopping and more.
Ask the Euharlee History Museum for the “Historic Euharlee Georgia” brochure by the Euharlee Historical Commission and the City of Euharlee. Call 770-607-2017 for more information. The museum is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 2-4 pm. Closed Monday. Admission is free, donations accepted.