Discover Hidden Gems in Cartersville, Georgia

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Cartersville is home to the world’s first Coca-Cola wall sign, at Young Brother’s Pharmacy

Embark on a treasure hunt in Cartersville, Georgia, where hidden gems await your discovery.

Pull out the camera and capture a memory that fizzes with fun in front of the world’s first Coca-Cola outdoor painted wall advertisement. A syrup salesman painted the downtown sign in 1894 on the side of the Young Brothers Pharmacy; the sign was then restored and authenticated in 1994. This is a must-see site for photographers and Coca-Cola collectors. Be sure to stop in the downtown pharmacy and browse a wide variety of Coke memorabilia and collectibles.

Trace the footsteps of the stars while visiting several Hollywood film locations throughout Cartersville. Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth and Selena Gomez have all shot blockbuster acts throughout the city. Relive dramatic scenes from “Devil’s Knot” filmed at the Bartow County Courthouse. Sundance winner “The Red Road” was shot in several locations including Red Top Mountain, River Road, Kingston, Acworth and downtown Cartersville. The high-speed scenes from “Need for Speed” were filmed on River Road.

Slow down and enjoy a traditional southern buffet that is so special you can only get it about a dozen times a year. The private home known as Grand Oaks, has a lavishly decorated Victorian interior and plush grounds. Constructed in 1901, in what is now one of Cartersville’s finest historic districts. Owner Ray Thacker opens Grand Oaks is seasonally for lunch, and also for weddings and special occasions. A must-see when in Cartersville, be sure to plan ahead to dish up this helping of Southern hospitality. From Hollywood glamor to old Southern grandeur, Cartersville, Georgia, shines with unexpected jewels.

For more Cartersville tips, call the information specialists at the Cartersville-Bartow Convention & Visitors Bureau 770-387-1357 or check out