An hour outside of the hustle and bustle of Atlanta is the quaint and idyllic town of Cartersville, GA. One of the true cultural hot spots in all of Georgia, Cartersville is home to a half dozen incredible museums that people of all ages and from all walks of life will enjoy. One of the must-see tourist destinations in Cartersville is Rose Lawn Museum, which WSBTV has highlighted as one of Georgia’s Hidden Treasures. Here are some important things to know as you plan your trip to the Rose Lawn Museum.



The original structure was built in the 1860s, and in 1895 construction began to raise the existing two floors and add a third floor and a basement underneath. The one-time home of Reverend Samuel Porter Jones, Rose Lawn was almost decimated by vandals in the 1960s when it was vacant. In 1973, citizens of Bartow County undertook to save the historic home, and in 1978 Rose Lawn was purchased by Bartow County and developed into a museum.

Arts Festivals

If you’ll be in Cartersville in May or September, be sure to visit Rose Lawn to experience the two magnificent festivals held on the three-acre grounds. May Market at Rose Lawn is a celebration of spring where guests can tour the house museum, marvel at 200 rose varieties in bloom, and shop from some of the best artists in the region. The festival is traditionally held on the first full Saturday and Sunday of May. The Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn has been held each September since 1976. Featuring the works of artists from across the South, the Rose Lawn Arts Festival is one of Georgia’s premier cultural events each year. See Calendar of Events for upcoming festival dates.


Looking for an event venue in Cartersville? Consider holding your special engagement at the beautiful and historic Rose Lawn Museum. The first floor of the museum, the carriage house, and the pristine grounds can be rented for weddings, receptions, tea parties, bridal showers, birthday parties, family reunions, and more.