The Cherokee County Historical Society ordered the banners to promote the Canton National Register Historic District, which was established in 2010, said Stefanie Joyner, executive director of the Historical Society.
The new banners are along the existing district boundaries of East Main Street, John T. Pettit Street and Railroad Street and encompass both residential and commercial areas of downtown, she said.
“We want to bring attention to the National Register Historic District. A lot of people don’t realize that they live in the district,” Joyner said. “It is an honorary designation and we are excited that Canton has such a large district. From mill houses to commercial and residential structures, it is a good mix.”
There are 300 contributing structures within the National Register District, but the designation places no restrictions on the properties.
The banners were funded by a grant from Canton Tourism Inc. and were designed by CCHS Archivists Meghan Griffin and Matt DeFrain with Grant Design Collaborative, she said.
“We should be proud of the historic structures we have in our downtown,’ Joyner said. “We appreciate the city installing them and helping to promote the district.”