Acworth, Georgia the "Lake City" rests in the soft green foothills of the north Georgia Mountains, on the gleaming Southeastern white sand banks of Lake Acworth.
The Cherokee Nation dotted the Landscape with settlements and enjoyed rich hunting grounds until the early 1830's. The unsuccessful Gold Rush in the 1820's and 1830's lured white settlers in increasing numbers. This provoked conflicts with the local tribes. In 1831 Georgia organized Cherokee County and in 1832 divided it into 10 counties. The lands were sold in the land lottery of 1832. After many failed treaties and much conflict, the Federal Government relocated more than 17,000 Cherokees to Oklahoma from 1838 to 1839 by way of the infamous "Trail of Tears."
The State-owned Western and Atlantic Railroad began operation in 1845 in what is now Atlanta and reached Chattanooga by 1851. Water was the lifeblood of the railroad and Nothcutt Station was the first northbound water stop on the new railroad. Insired by its majestic beauty, Joseph Gregg (a W&A Railroad Engineer) renamed Northcutt and called it Acworth after his hometown of Acworth, New Hampshire. The name stuck and Acworth prospered as a busy trade center that combined restful fun with the excitement of commerce. In December of 1860 all of the land in a half-mile radius of The Northcutt Station was incorporated as the thriving City of Acworth, Ga.
The war first reached home during April 1862 when Andrew's Raiders stole the famous engine, "The General," in nearby Big Shanty and "The Great Locomotive Chase" raced through Acworth. This unique event has been chronicled in newspapers, magazines, books and two major movies. Sherman was headquartered in Acworth for several days. Following the battles before and after Kennesaw Mountain, many local homes and churches became hospitals. Acworth was spared the torch until November 1864; many were burned.
Acworth rose from the flames of the Reconstruction and began to flourish. Again in 1903, the Georgia General Assembly re-incorporated Acworth as a City. In 1950 Lake Allatoona was completed and it, along with Lake Acworth, has given rise to many recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors.
Today, Acworth is the center of a thriving, vibrant community and as the "Lake City" has a quality of life seldom available in the world today. Acworth offers that unique combination of a hometown community with a progressive outlook: looking forward to the challenges presented by new growth, yet proud to preserve the history of its orgin.