The Emery Center museum and multicultural center and the Roland Hayes Museum provide visitors with a glimpse of history and heritage of the area.
Dalton proudly supports an arts scene rich in diverse selections of visual, auditory, and performance art. The Creative Arts Guild and the Avian Learning Center are great venues that continually attract visitors as well as locals with interesting exhibits and collections. The Avian Learning Center is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and houses the most vast collection of exact bird egg replicas in the world. We are also proud of our local performance groups; Dalton Little Theater, ACT, and Dalton Arts Project, providing special entertainment throughout the year.
Native American Sites
From our broad valleys and rolling hills to the rugged mountains deep in the heart of Northwest Georgia, Native Americans called this land home for 80 centuries. The Chieftains Trail is a unique combination of sites throughout our region that highlights the history of these first Americans. Nowhere else has so much of our Native American heritage been preserved than here in Northwest Georgia, what the Cherokee called "The Enchanted Land." Red Clay Historic Park, located just above the Tennessee-Georgia state line, was where the Trail of Tears really began, for it was at the Red Clay Council Grounds that the Cherokee learned that they had lost their mountains, streams and valleys forever. They were prohibited from holding council meetings in Georgia and as a result the Cherokee capital was moved from New Echota, Georgia to Red Clay, Tennessee. Today the Red Clay State Historical Park is a certified interpretive site on the Trail of Tears. Recognized as Georgia's best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home, The Chief Vann House in Chatsworth, Georgia and just minutes from Dalton, features beautiful hand carvings, a remarkable "floating" staircase, a 12 foot mantle and many fine antiques.
From the brand new Carmike Theatre 12 to Dalton Falls Golf and Laser Tag, Dalton offers an endless list of entertainment choices.
Civil War Sites
War came to Dalton in 1862; layering the area with a mesh of historic sites and a heritage rich with Civil War history. Visitors can enjoy stepping back in time with a visit to the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center, where one of the South's oldest railroad tunnels still stands; the first link between the Atlantic and the Ohio Valley. The museum at the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center houses many artifacts and exhibits to give visitors a walk through history. Just a short walk from the museum is the Clisby Austin House; Sherman's headquarters during the civil war. Also of interest is the site of the historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Station; one of the few still standing and restored to its original architectural state, this site is now the Dalton Depot Restaurant. The steel center marker for the original surveying of the City of Dalton is still inside the depot.
Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of FameCarpets of Dalton Decorator Dreamhouse
A house that showcases amazing decor and floorcovering, the dreamhouse is well worth visiting.
Dalton Ghost Tours
Explore the streets of downtown Dalton with tour guide, Connie Hall-Scott, and her ghost troupe as they probe the city's haunted past and legendary history. Private Tours Offered Year Round
- call 706-313-8724 to book a tour or for more information.
From the fantastic PGA approved 18 hole golf course to playing miniature golf on an 18 hole miniature golf course, Dalton can satisfy all the golfers in your family.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Prater's Mill heritage runs back to the days of the Cherokee Indians. Built by Benjamin Franklin Prater in 1855, the water powered mill was originally fitted with the latest in grain cleaning, grinding and sifting machinery, all powered by the Coahulla Creek.
During the Civil War, the mill was used as a campsite by soldiers from both sides. While occupied by the Union army, the mill was considered a valuable resource for food and was not destroyed. The Prater family operated the Mill until the 1950's. A succession of millers ran it until the 1960's. In 1971, the all-volunteer Prater's Mill Foundation took over the Mill and began its extensive restoration and preservation efforts. Today, the mill is best known for the arts and crafts festivals held each year. Throughout the year, the grounds are a popular site for fishing, cookouts and family reunions.
"Dalton is a railfan's hotspot, 50 to 55 trains run through Dalton a day, a diamond is located at a place called Hair. Norfolk Southern's Georgia Division (Atlanta to Chattanooga) and the CSX Western & Atlantic Subdivision (Atlanta to Chattanooga) run right through here."
This railfan site is actually three locations all within walking distance, or you can drive if you wish. With the railroad viewing areas, restaurants and shops, you can make a day of it here.
Tunnel Hill Heritage Center
Built to connect the Port of Augusta to the Tennessee River Valley, the tunnel through the Chetoogeta Mountain was to be part of the first railroad across the Appalachian Mountains, and open trade between the eastern coast region and the upper Midwest.
Construction began on the tunnel in 1848, during which the city of Tunnel Hill sprung up from people moving here to supply accommodations to the railway workers. The tunnel, which spans 1,477 feet, was dug through the base of the mountain.
On May 9, 1850, the first Western and Atlantic train passed through the mountain tunnel and the new town of Atlanta became one of the railway’s major hubs.
The tunnel became part of several historical events during the Civil War, before heavy railroad traffic and larger train cars getting stuck in the tunnel led to the building of a larger parallel tunnel, ending the use of the tunnel in 1928.
The tunnel faced possible destruction from 70 years of neglect until, in 1992, steps were taken to preserve it. After a lengthy period of restoration and rehabilitation, the tunnel was opened to the public in 2000, just in time for its 150th anniversary.