In 1802, the State of Georgia agreed to cede its Western lands to the U.S. government in exchange for money and the resettlement of the Indians out of Georgia. In 1828, gold was found in Dahlonega, Ga., and this one event rushed the resettlement. That same year, the Georgia Legislature said that everything in Cherokee, Georgia (lands north of the Chattahoochee River) was now under the laws of Georgia. Vann's Valley and the area around what is now Cave Spring was sold by lottery in 40 acre land lots. The Cherokees had already cleared and improved much of the land. By 1852, the Village of Cave Spring town limits were described as "650 yards from a hickory tree near the town well" probably located on the Village Square, now known as the Veterans Plaza.



Directions to the Tumlin House


  • FROM DOWNTOWN ATLANTA: Take I-75 North to exit 290 (Rome/Canton) and follow the signs to Rome. When entering Rome follow HWY 411 toward Cedartown for 6 miles. Turn right on 411/53 at the sign for Cave Spring. Go 10 miles to the one traffic light and turn right. Continue 2 blocks to the Tumlin House on the right. FROM CHATTANOOGA: Take I-75 South toward Atlanta. Go past Dalton. Get off at the Rome-Fairmont exit number 312. Take a right onto HWY 53. Follow this road toward Rome for about 25 miles. When you get into Rome, HWY 53 takes a left at the CVS drugstore and becomes Turner-McCall Blvd. Go about 1 ½ miles, staying in the right lane to the US411/US27/GA53 ramp. You will be going toward Cedartown/Gadsden. Continue about 5 miles. You will see a BP station on your left and a Kangaroo station on your right at a traffic light. Hwy. 411 turns (a Y really) to the right here. There will be a sign that says Cave Spring and one that says Gadsden. Go 10 miles. You will come to the traffic light in Cave Spring. Turn right, and The Tumlin House will be on your right in the second long block.

  • Nearest major airport: ATL 75 miles

  • Directions from airport:As you exit the airport, follow the signs for, and take Camp Creek Parkway. When you approach I-285 (about 5-10 min.), take I-285 North. Follow I-285 to I-20, and take I-20 west toward Birmingham. The exit for I-20 west, will be from the LEFT lane. Continue west approximately 20-30 min. and take Exit #11 “Breman, Hwy 27.” Make a right and follow Hwy 27 north toward Cedartown. As you enter the city limits of Cedartown, stay on Hwy 27 which is also the bypass of the downtown area. (Do not take the exit for Cave Spring from this road) continue to a large intersection with Wal-Mart on your left, and Home Depot on your right. Take the next left after this intersection onto Cherokee Rd. Continue a mile or so until this road dead ends into the Cave Spring Rd. Make a right turn and continue approximately 7 miles to the traffic light in downtown Cave Spring. Turn left at the light, and The Tumlin House will be on your right in the second long block.