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Did Laura Jones think that her beautiful home, where she tended her roses and her children, would one day welcome thousands each year to Cartersville’s largest and most enduring fine arts and heritage festival? We may never know, but we do know that the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn has been going strong for four decades and returns to celebrate its 44th year September 21-22, 2019.
The Arts Festival at Rose Lawn will be held Saturday 10 AM-6 PM and Sunday Noon-5 PM on the grounds of historic Rose Lawn Museum in Cartersville, once home to Reverend Sam Jones, his wife Laura, and their seven children.Though festival admission is free, guests will want to take a $7.00 guided tour of the 18-room Victorian mansion to study its architectural features and learn about Reverend Sam Jones (1847-1906) who wasthought to be the most famous and celebrated evangelist of his time. Hi+s style, wit and compelling delivery attracted a national congregation and evidence of this is displayed throughout the museum.
Outside guests will enjoy the juried festival with more than150 artists and food vendors selected from across the southeast.  Famous for its potters, the festival also offers jewelry artisans, wood crafters, basket weavers, painters, photographers, beekeepers, seamstresses, quilters, fiber artists, and more.
Juried Artists compete for $1,000 in prizes with seven awards presented Saturday at 1 p.m.  The ceremony will also feature the Artist Awards Ceremony, a special presentation for a Friend of Rose Lawn, and the prestigious People’s Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Best Shoppe, and Best Attraction, presented by festival sponsor Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Festival entertainment will include Cartersville Gymnastics, Steps of Faith, Cartersville City Ballet, Spirit of the Dance, Scarlet Wool, Reece McCamy and Friends, and Loren Fleenor all performing on Saturday. Sunday’s entertainment includes Kerry’s School of Dance, Honnah Mosley – winner of the 13th Annual Woodland High School Idol competition.
Honnah won the prestigious title with classic songs by Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra and Etta James. She is the daughter of apostle Eric Mosley and pastor Maydia Mosley, and is sure to share some Gospel favorites at Rose Lawn. Rounding out the weekend entertainment is In That Day and a reprise from Loren Fleenor.
The Arts Festival at Rose Lawn is hosted by Bartow County Government and sponsored by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rose Lawn is located at 224 West Cherokee Avenue in downtown Cartersville.  Free shuttle service is available from parking areas at the Frank Moore Building on Cherokee Avenue, and from the School Street parking area adjacent to the Bartow County Library.
Cartersville has many museums, attractions, restaurants and more for visitors to discover. Plan your visit at VisitCartersvilleGA.org or call 770-387-1357 for suggestions from our visitor information specialists.