Sign-ups underway for History Hustle 5K

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Taking participants on a journey through three historic districts in the heart of Cartersville, the History Hustle 5K will return May 4.

“This is the sixth year for the History Hustle 5K benefiting the Bartow History Museum and Rose Lawn Museum,” BHM Director Trey Gaines said. “It first came about as a healthy initiative partnership with the [Cartersville Downtown Development Authority] and as a way to incorporate some history with exercise.

“Over the years, new and repeat participants have come out to run our unique course, see some historic neighborhoods and enjoy the Rose Lawn May Market event. … Each year, we average around 100 participants but would welcome more runners or those who just want to come out and enjoy a stroll through some of Cartersville's history.” 

As in past years, the 5K run/walk will start and conclude at Rose Lawn Museum, the former residence of the late prominent Methodist evangelist, Samuel Porter Jones.

“The 5K route begins and ends just outside the gate of Rose Lawn along Tabernacle Street,” Gaines said. “Race participants will run or walk through portions of the West End, Olde Town and Downtown Business Historic Districts as identified by the city of Cartersville Preservation Commission. Historic structures along the route include Grand Oaks and the [structure] that served as the Howell-Quillian Clinic between 1940 and 1960.

“In 1940, Dr. Sam M. Howell along with Dr. William B. Quillian Jr. purchased and relocated a motel from the Aubrey community to Cartersville for purposes of a new hospital called Howell-Quillian Clinic. This modern facility was on the corner of Luckie and Leake Streets and was 186 feet long, made of brick veneer with white trim and [a] green roof. It had an entrance on the Luckie Street side that opened into a large reception room. There were 25 rooms in the building and other than patient rooms, there were the doctors’ offices, a kitchen, an operating room, an X-ray room, a laboratory, nurses’ room and laundry. The community outgrew the clinic by 1960, so the Sam Howell Memorial Hospital on Dixie Avenue was built and completed by 1962.”

On May 4, registration for the History Hustle 5K will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., after which participants will depart from Rose Lawn Museum — 224 W. Cherokee Ave. — at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $25 through April 26, which guarantees a T-shirt, and $30 on race day. Walkers and runners also are encouraged to sign up in advance by visiting https://bartowhistorymuseum.org/event/history-hustle-5k.

Proceeds from the History Hustle 5K will go toward the Cartersville museums’ operations, particularly with education and preservation.

Formed in 1987, BHM's gift shop, multipurpose room, and permanent and temporary exhibits are housed in the 1869 Courthouse, 4 E. Church St. in Cartersville. Divided into six galleries, the permanent exhibits include “A Sense of Place,” “Bartow Beginnings,” “Community Champions,” “People at Work,” “The Coming War” and “Toward New Horizons.”

Operating as Bartow’s courthouse from 1869 to 1902, the museum’s two-story brick building was utilized for a variety of purposes in the 1900s, some of which included a roller skating rink, furniture store and warehouse. Sitting vacant since the 1980s, the structure was acquired by the city of Cartersville in 1995 and renovated by Pennant Construction Management with $1.7 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

“The money raised through registration and sponsorships go toward the education and preservation work that take place throughout the year at both museums,” Gaines said. “As nonprofit organizations, we rely on community support to continue to meet our mission and provide welcoming and informative opportunities for the public.

“This and the other events we host throughout the year help bring awareness to the [Bartow History] Museum and to our desire and mission to collect and preserve Bartow history and provide educational opportunities to visitors, students, researchers, families and more.”

The 5K will help usher in the start of Rose Lawn Museum’s May Market at 10 a.m. The arts and crafts festival will continue May 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

“I am elated that the Historic Hustle 5K has found its home at Rose Lawn,” said Jane Drew, director of the Rose Lawn Museum. “This popular, early morning 5K race kicks off our weekend of festivities.

“Personally, I feel that the race truly gives the festival a ‘shot in the arm’ by bringing participants, avid supporters and well-wishers. The early crowd of onlookers appear to enjoy the exhibition of arts and crafts that are on our grounds and make purchases even before the show officially opens.” 

Currently owned and operated by Bartow County government, Rose Lawn serves as a house museum featuring the belongings of Jones’ family and teacher, Rebecca Felton. While his ministry started small — preaching at various churches and open-air tabernacles surrounding Cartersville — Jones gained notoriety during the late 1800s. He drew thousands to revivals at the Union Gospel Tabernacle, now known as Ryman Auditorium — a venue in Nashville, Tennessee, that was built in his honor.

“As director, I am always looking for a way to help subsidize the operation of such a prestigious homeplace,” Drew said. “All show and race proceeds are used to offset the expenses for the upkeep of this time-tested treasure.

“Daily, the staff at Rose Lawn Museum gives guided tours and shares the stories of two of our most respected, notable citizens that came from Cartersville: Samuel Porter Jones and Rebecca Latimer Felton,” she said, noting Felton was the first woman U.S. Senator. “… Their stories and their national influence is still celebrated today.”  

For more information about the History Hustle 5K, contact Gaines at treyg@bartowhistorymuseum.org or 770-382-3818, ext. 6286.