Adamson Square and Downtown Carrollton (770) 832-6901
Named for Congressman W. C. Adamson, who is regarded by many as the grandfather of the eight-hour work day, the Square offers a mix of shops, galleries and restaurants that cater to both high-brow and more casual tastes. On a nice day, you'll find that it's one of the most pleasant spots in Carroll County to sip a coffee and people watch. Also, if independently-owned boutiques and speciality shops are your thing, the Square has them in spades. For more information, or to purchase a discount card for participating restaurants and stores, go to the Carrollton Main Street website.
Carrollton Cultural Arts Center 251 Alabama St., Carrollton -- (770) 838-1083
Located in the heart of downtown Carrollton, this facility features a 262-seat theatre, as well as large gallery spaces and classrooms. The Cultural Arts Center has several rooms that may be reserved for a variety of functions such as club meetings, training sessions, bridal showers, dinners etc. Depending on the nature of the event, rooms will be made available free of charge or at reasonable rental rates. Tables, chairs, PA systems, audio visual equipment, etc. are available for rental. To make reservations or for more information, call the administrative office at (770) 832-1161. For program and event information, call the art center at (770) 838-1083. For more information or for reservation pricing, click here.
Carroll County Recreation Department 1201 Newnan Rd., Carrollton -- (770) 830-5902
It doesn't matter if your sport is soccer or baseball or football or wrestling or softball or basketball or cheerleading (you get the idea), the Carroll County Recreation Department offers opportunities for you to get out and play. Oh, and if you're looking for childcare or summer camps or even facility rentals, the Rec does that too. To find out more or for pricing information, go to the department's website. If you're looking for pictures or video from Rec games or events, visit our media archive.
Cotton Mill Farmers Market 401 Rome St., Carrollton (Two blocks north of Adamson Square)
Buy local, and eat local. That’s it. Instead of going to the grocery store and buying an apple that has traveled more than half the distance from New York to Los Angeles just to get your kitchen, buy local. The food is fresher. It isn’t produced in huge processing plants that allow for the spread of disease, and it’s much better for the environment. To learn more about the market, go to its website. The market is open Saturdays from April through autumn 8 a.m. to noon.
Horton’s Books and Gifts 410 Adamson Square, Carrollton -- 770-832-8021
This is the oldest bookstore in Georgia, the third oldest in the South and the tenth oldest in the country, as certified by the American Booksellers Association. Go here for new, used and rare books, as well as small gifts. All of the store's sales are rung up on the store’s original 1892 register. Everything that happens at Horton's is presided over by Chloe the Cat, who calls the store home, and there's even talk that a ghost might linger around too, but, you know, it could just be the cat. Visit the store's websitefor more info.
Historic Banning Mills Retreat and Conservation Center 205 Horseshoe Dam Rd., Whitesburg -- 770-834-9149
Are you the adventurous sort? No? Then I'm sure you'll love the bed and breakfast at Historic Banning Mills. What's that? I misheard you? You LOVE adventure? Well that's a horse of a different color. You'll certainly have a field day at Banning's "Screaming Eagle Zip Line Tour." For information or for reservations, go to their website.
The University of West Georgia 1600 Maple St., Carrollton -- (678)839-5000
Gallery shows, sports events, conventions and meetings, performances and seminars (and, you know, academics as well). The University of West Georgia boasts a student population of more than 10,000 and with a full academic and athletic calendar, there's always something going on at the UWG campus. Go Wolves! Visit the the school's website for more info.