The Cherokee Nation lived in the area until the early 1830’s. The Western and
Atlantic Railroad began operation in 1845 in Atlanta, bringing progress northward
to Northcutt Station, the first northbound water stop on the new track. Joseph
Gregg, a railroad engineer, renamed this stop after his hometown of Acworth,
New Hampshire. Acworth prospered as a busy trade center and was incorporated
as a city in December, 1860.
The Civil War brought “The Great Locomotive Chase” through Acworth in April
1862 when James Andrew’s Raiders stole the famous engine, “The General,” in
nearby Big Shanty. Sherman was headquartered in Acworth for several days.
The town was spared the torch until November 1864; many homes and buildings
In 1950, Lake Allatoona was completed and it, along with Lake Acworth, created
recreational opportunities. Today, Acworth is the center of a thriving, vibrant