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Originally, Cherokee County covered everything northwest of the Chattahoochee River and Chestatee River except for Carroll County. This county was created December 26, 1831 by the state legislature. It was named after the Cherokee Indians who lived in the area at that time. Several other counties were carved out of these Cherokee lands as part of the Cherokee Land Lottery of 1832.

An act of the Georgia General Assembly passed on December 3rd of that year created the counties of Forsyth, Lumpkin, Union, Cobb, Gilmer, Murray, Cass (now Bartow), Floyd, and Paulding. The forcible removal of the Cherokee people, leading up to the notorious Trail of Tears, began in this area the year before, later accelerated by the discovery of gold in local streams.

The first county seat was at Harnageville, originally called Marble Works. Since 1880 that town has been called Tate, and it is now (since 1853) in Pickens County. Part of that county was taken directly from Cherokee, the other via Gilmer (itself earlier taken from Cherokee).
In 1857, part of the southeastern corner of the county was ceded by the General Assembly to form Milton County
(now the city of Milton in the county of Fulton.)

The county seat is Canton, Georgia.

Cities and Towns
Ball Ground (north-northeast) - site of old gold mines along the Etowah River
Canton (central; county seat)
Holly Springs (just south of Canton)
Mountain Park (southeast) - mostly (about 80%) in Fulton County
Nelson (far north-northeastern) - mostly (about 60%) in Pickens County
Waleska (western)
Woodstock (south-central) - east of Interstate 575.

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Adjacent Counties
Pickens - north
Dawson - northeast
Forsyth - east
Fulton - southeast
Cobb - south
Bartow - west
Gordon - northwest

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