Seniors Head For Dalton

logo-1Senior travelers find their way to Dalton, the county seat of Whitfield County and the principal city of the Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of around 34,000 with the total metropolitan area having a population of 142,227.


Dalton was originally inhabited by Woodland and Cherokee Indians. It was settled by Europeans after 1838. The city was named after Mary Dalton, mother of founder Edward White Dalton.

 In the fall, senior visitors can take in the annual Arts Festival, Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment and Prater’s Mill Country Fair. Civil War and Cherokee attractions are also a short drive away. The Cherokee sites of New Echota and the Chief Vann House are some of the best preserved Indian sites in the area.

Seniors Find Themselves In The Carpet Capital Of The World


Dalton, known as “The Carpet Capital of the World”, is nestled in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to many of the world’s best known floor covering manufacturers.

In the Ridge and Valley section of the state, Dalton spreads across the valley to rugged Rocky Face Ridge. 1847 was a pivotal year for the citizens of Cross Plains. In honor of founder Edward Dalton White the city changed the name to Dalton. Its location near the railroad would greatly affect the destiny of this north Georgia town.


Dalton State College is the local college and other higher educational facilities are offered by Lee University, Kennesaw State University and Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

 Senior Train Buffs Like The Depot


TripAdvisor suggests that senior visitors check out Prater’s Mill and the Dalton Freight Depot. Built as the Southern Freight Depot in 1911, this depot was restored by the city in 2009 and today houses the Dalton Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop. The Freight Depot is a train fan’s delight with a covered platform, and a live audio feed from train radios.

Dalton has a vibrant arts & culture scene, many historic houses, landmarks and a rich Civil War history. It is home to the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, which showcases the Georgia Athletic Coaches’ Hall of Fame and holds events all year long.

Dalton’s location makes it ideal for enjoyable day hikes or long wilderness excursions on picturesque trails and nearby mountains. If you’re into mountain biking, Dalton has a mountain bike park with seven skill levels. They also feature two 18-hole public golf courses with miles of lush rolling hills.  Seniors, set your GPS for Dalton, Georgia and  enjoy the city and the beautiful surrounding countryside. -jeb

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