Suwanee, running right into the Chattahoochee River, was named after its Native American heritage. Five years prior to the beginning of the charming town, there once was a large Indian village that blossomed on both sides of the river. According to U.S. government documents, both Cherokee and Creek Indians came to the area as what was then referred to as Suwanee Old Town.
Even though it was called Suwanee Old Town, it wasn’t until the first post office was built in 1838 that Suwanee was actually recognized as a town. Suwanee began progressing towards railroad construction on May 21, 1869 when Abram Moore sold a right of way to the Georgia Airline Railroad. Later, this town’s economic foundation would be based on the growth of cotton, with the first cotton gin house being built between 1872 and1875. Although growth and new development occurred throughout the city, the historic downtown area has managed to remain the same since the early part of the 20th century.
The City of Suwanee began populating after becoming abundant in the cotton and the transportation industry. Today,
Suwanee incorporates have nearly 7,000 acres and the 1970 population of 615 has grown into more than 16,000 residents. Trulia, an online residential real estate site, lists 757 homes for sale in the Suwanee area. Prices range from $80,000 to $6,000,000. For renters, the site shows 67 rentals ranging in price from $770 to $5,000 per month.
Residents in Suwanee are between the ages of 25 to 40, and the second largest group is from 0 to 18. The schools in Suwanee are highly ranked and include Riverside Elementary, Suwanee Elementary, Riverwatch Middle, North Gwinnett Middle, Lambert High, North Gwinnett High and Collins Hill High.
Suwanee residents stay busy by taking part of the many local attractions the city has going on year-round.
Shopping and Dining
• The Collection at Forsyth. This outdoor lifestyle center offers a dynamic mix of shopping and dining. Its directory includes Barnes & Noble, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, DSW, LOFT, PeachMac, Talbots, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Dreamy Gelato and Chocolates, four40 kitchen + bar, Marlow’s Tavern and Ted’s Montana Grill.
• Ranked number one out of 73 Suwanee restaurants is Gulf Coast Grill. This grill has a full bar, live music and also super family friendly atmosphere! The menu is a range of soups, seafood, po boys, burgers, oysters, catfish and mahi tacos. It also has a kids menu for the little ones.
• Porto Bello is a locally owned and operated Italian restaurant that is welcoming and elegant, yet it has a casual atmosphere. The menu offers a variety of Italian items such as cheese ravioli, cappellini marinara, eggplant rollatina, lobster ravioli and chicken parmigiano.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Suwanee Town Center is a vibrant mixed-use area. The vision for Town Center is “live, work, play and shop”. Built-from-scratch Town Center is the physical and symbolic heart of the Suwanee community. Large interactive fountains, large open areas, a performance stage with 1,000 seats and 100,000 square feet of retail space makes this a great place to spend time with the family.
• Sims Lake Park, located on Suwanee Dam Road, is an excellent place to take the family. Kids can feed the ducks, play at the playground and take a beautiful nature walk around the entire park. Families are welcome to set up a nice picnic in the patio area and can enjoy a beautiful view.
• The Suwanee Farmers Market has locally grown organic produce, fresh cut flowers and baked goods. Taking place every other Saturday, the Farmers Market features a lot of different items each week. Seasonal produce, fresh bread, baked goods, honey, flowers, herbs, good bbq sauce and more can be found at this market.
• The historical downtown area of Suwanee has remained much the same as it must have appeared in the early part of
the 20th century. Upon visiting Downtown Suwanee, you will notice this area developed from the railroad service. The village of Suwanee grew around this depot, and the historic Pierce’s Corner built in 1910 still remains standing today. Downtown was once a changing station where people transferred from Lawrenceville to Suwanee and then changed lines to aboard the Southern Railroad line that could take them into Atlanta. Take a visit to this beautiful downtown area, and reminisce over what it must have been like for Suwanee residents in the 1800s.
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