Historic Markers Across Georgia

Cherokee Land Lottery

Marker ID: Cobb 
Location: Opposite 1595 County services Parkway, Marietta
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 54.919    W 084° 34.942
  33.915317    -84.582367
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM44ZM
Cherokee Land Lottery  Marker  


Cherokee Land Lottery
Oct. 1832 - Apr. 1833

In 1803, Georgia established a lottery as the fairest means of distributing land to common farmers. After gold was discovered in 1828 near Dahlonega, the state ignored federal treaties and asserted its claims on the Cherokee territory (including Cobb County). In 1832, it began disbursing these lands in 40-acre gold lots and 160-acre farm lots. Names of eligible white citizens were drawn from one wheel and matched with lot numbers drawn from another. Some of the Cherokees protested and refused to abandon their properties, so lands were often passed to whites with Indians still present.

Erected by Cobb County 2008


Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission - Source Information