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History

Books, Gifts, Lap Cats, and More! 

Horton's Books & Gifts offers vintage charm for modern lifestyles - a place to read, rest, and relax away from the hectic pace of the world.

Founded in 1891 by N. A. Horton, Horton's Books & Gifts has been a part of the Carrollton, Georgia community for over a century.  Originally a source for school textbooks, the store later expanded to include furniture, sewing machines, china, caskets, and coffins.  In addition to being a bookseller, Mr. Horton was also Carrollton's local undertaker.  He believed in offering the community a full-service store, a tradition that continues today -- although we stopped selling caskets a few years ago.

Operated by his son Hap after 1917, Horton's continued to grow along with Carrollton.  After temporarily relocating to various buildings around Carrollton's downtown square, Horton's returned to its original location in 1955, and has remained at 410 Adamson Square ever since as a refuge for bibliophiles.

Antique pharmacy cases filled with books, antiques, and crafts line the walls, framing the original golden heart pine floors. Our recently renovated basement Bookcellar provides a cozy escape and offer a selection of used fiction and non-fiction books. And if you need a little help finding the perfect book or gift, our store cats Poe, Mayah, and Dante are always available to lend a helping paw.