Located in northwest Georgia in  Floyd County's southwestern corner,
Cave Spring lies at the western end of  beautiful Vann's Valley. The city is a
 mere five miles  from our  neighboring state of Alabama on US Hwy 411,  
which was originally an important Indian trail from ages past. Nestled 
between the sheltering  hills creating our wide valley of rich farmlands,
 mineral deposits,  abundant clear spring waters, creeks,  and a major river  
traversing the area, those who early found their way here were quickly 
enamored at the sight of the  intrinsic  beauty of this special land. 

      Cave Spring is once again discovering its roots, from the Creek and 
 Cherokee inhabitants who established local commerce,  to its earliest
 European  settlers who  moved inland as their families outgrew the
 coastal areas and resources. The diverse peoples that were a part of
 area history have quietly  preserved the atmosphere of small  town
 living that we relish from childhood. The town still has much of
 that unhurried pace, an essence of southern hospitality established
by earlier generations,  and  the beauty of  its natural surroundings 
with the cave and spring of its name in Rolater Park, just one block
 south  of the only traffic signal.

Upper square at end of Veterans walk facing the south squarein downtown. Building in background shows
the 2 story cabin revealed on north side of
the old Webster-Green hotel.  Trail of Tears
beginning of trail sign on lower square.

          The upper (north) downtown square honors, with memorial bricks, Cave Spring area 
servicemen of all wars in all eras, and others who have connections to Cave Spring residents.
 The winding walk is completed with  memorial benches, marble memorial,  and the flying flags of 
 the 5 Service Branches.   Citizen memorial bricks are in the area near the Gazebo, donated by loved 
ones for citizen contributions or  to commemorate special life events.


     The southern lower square is across from the ancient  Webster-Green Hotel.  In 2010 The
 original portion  of the structure was discovered to be built around an old two-story log cabin, 
probably constructed  and used  as a Stand/Inn  (trading post) by the Cherokee, Avery Vann,
 brother of Chief James Vann, of Spring Place,  and Chief  Vann House. The Vann family members 
together  built  several of these commercial enterprises  in North Georgia, as well as roads, and ferries. 
The remaining structure is built very like the old Vann Tavern in Forsyth County as it looked before 
deconstruction and reassembly at New Echota. 

  Avery Vann settled here  just before the 18th century and is the namesake our beautiful valley. 
 A sign  on the lower square indicates the beginning of the Trail of Tears removal route of Cave Spring
 Cherokee  to Fort Cedartown in 1838.  That route in front of the cabin was originally a Cherokee toll road 
and has been marked by GA Trail of Tears Chapter to Cedartown's Big Spring where the removal fort 
was  located.  The Cherokee referred to our area as Beaver Pond, and along Big Cedar Creek  to 
Cedartown as Beaver Dam.
The removal route also continues north from Cave Spring, up US Hwy 411 in route to Ross' landing where the
Cherokee too sick to walk were taken by wagon and thus to be transferred west.  A  tragic and sad
era that has long been ignored makes for a moving study,  and helps explain the evolution of
current events experienced now in American life.  The Omnibus Land Bill of 2009 first allowed
this history to be recognized and acknowledged in Georgia.


Rear view of  two story cabin under
Webster-Green Hotel

Cave In Rolater Park

  • Spring's original claim to fame is its namesake mineral spring, flowing from the cave in Rolater Park,   The 29 acre site was given to the citizens of Cave Spring by Dr. Joseph B. Rolater in the early 1930's after his purchase of  the property on the closing of the school thus securing this major water resource and historic area.   
         A major site in this "Land of Enchantment," thousands yearly enjoy family reunions, picnics, and just exploring the cave, observing the beauty of the area, and its historic buildings, the pool, Little Cedar Creek, and the fish, ducks, and wild birds that frequent or inhabit the park.  Little Cedar Creek flows through the park and town.

    The park has covered pavilions and picnic tables for rent under beautiful trees, near the flowing waters, perfect for family reunions, with a playground available for the amusement of the children, and of course, wading. Feeding the fish (bream, trout, etc.) and ducks in the large spring fed pond is also a perennial favorite, food being available at the cave for a very nominal fee. The fish and ducks eagerly await these snacks, especially in the cooler months when less food is available.
     Many citizens have donated beautiful memorial benches for the grounds and comfort of visitors,  and the Park Board  continuously update the facilities for the enjoyment of all.  Swings have been placed strategically by the park board.
     Each year for the past 36 years, except for one, the Cave Spring Historical Society has held a juried art show, "Cave Spring Art Festival," on the second full weekend in June, the proceeds of which are used for the upkeep of the restored historical buildings in the park and around Cave Spring. 
     The much enjoyed and well attended annual 5K Road Race is also held on Festival Saturday morning at the Georgia School for the Deaf campus area on Perry Farm Road, benefiting the Georgia School for the Deaf, Alton Holman Heritage Arts School, and Cave Spring Historical Society.