The city of Douglasville was established on February 25, 1875 by the Georgia General Assembly. Originally known as Skint Chestnut, a large tree stripped by the Indians and used as a landmark, Douglasville derived its current name from Stephen A. Douglas, the Democrat Senator of Illinois and the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1860.
Being just 20 miles from the Atlanta area, Douglasville is a convenient and enjoyable place to live with a small town atmosphere. Just more than 30,000 people call Douglasville their home. Approximately 2,000 homes are listed on Zillow and range in price from $30,000 to $1 million. Rental homes on Trulia are priced from $550 to $3,000 per month. Home styles vary from Colonial, Craftsman and Ranch.
Children residing in Douglasville attend great schools, including 27 public and seven private, such as Brighten Academy, Harvester Christian Academy, Holly Springs Elementary, Chapel Hill Middle, Fairplay Middle, Chapel Hill High and Douglas County High.
In addition to gorgeous homes and sought after schools, Douglasville is known for its big city attractions. This town sustains seven parks and offers a wide variety of activities to all ages, ranging from day camps to special events throughout the year.
Shopping and Dining:
• Gumbeaux’s Cajun Café. Established in 1994, Gumbeaux’s goal is to offer the people of Douglasville and Atlanta the best Cajun food. With most of their dishes being made from scratch, there is no doubt that this restaurant is not a home run. Menu items include grilled marinated pork chops, crabmeat stuffed shrimp, blackened scallops, Cajun seafood gumbo and homemade desserts such as key lime pie and New Orleans bread pudding with rum sauce.
• Arbor Place Mall. The best shopping in west Atlanta! Whether you’re shopping at your favorite stores, enjoying amovie at the Regal Cinema 18 or eating at the food court, Arbor Place is a mall for the entire family. Stores include Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, H&M, Macy’s, Old Navy, Hollister Co., and Ulta.
• Taste of Douglasville. With more than 20 participating restaurants, 40 vendors, 200 performers and over 9,000 participants, this event is the best way to sample Douglasville’s most popular restaurants. This trendy and well-liked event takes place in May, and tickets are $15 each.
• Taste of Thai. Popular amongst the locals, this restaurant offers simple yet delicious Thai food. Menu items include Thai spaghetti with beef, panang curry, Tom Kha Gai and coconut soup.
• Irish Bred Pub. Located in downtown Douglasville, Irish Bred Pub claims the title of being Douglasville’s first authentic Irish pub. Menu items include Blamey burger, traditional fish n’ chips, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie.
• Main Street Farmers’ Market. Each Wednesday at Douglasville’s weekly Farmers’ Market, visitors will find everything from fresh produce, baked goods and other locally-owned products.
Entertainment and Recreation:
• Fall Concerts on the Plaza. Presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville, these fall concerts are free and take place at O’Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville. The next one is on Saturday, September 14 at 7 p.m. and will feature the band, Second of Three.
• Hunter Park. As Douglasville’s largest park, Hunter Park features a 16,000 square foot community center and covered playground, a five-acre lake surrounded by a walking track and miniature train and several picnic areas. Additionally, the renovated athletic complex includes seven Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association certified tennis courts, 10 ball fields, a Miracle League ball field and 12 new batting cages.
• Foxhall Sporting Club. Located along the Chattahoochee River, Foxhall offers over 1,000 acres. The Club includes a world-class equestrian facility, a 15 station sporting clays course, an archery range, boating lakes, volleyball courts, bocceball courts, golf driving range and much more.
• Six Flags Over Georgia. Only 10 minutes away from Douglasville, this popular 100 acre amusement park is a great place for friends and family. Discounted tickets are available by the Douglasville Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Douglasville Welcome Center.
• Dog River Recreational Complex. Surrounded by breathtaking landscape, this complex includes a 256 acre lake for fishing, boating and kayaking and is the perfect space to find some peace and quiet.
• West Pines Golf Club. This course includes rolling hills and multiple wooded areas, offering beautiful views throughout your round. West Pines also features a practice range, a putting green and four sets of tees as to attract all levels of golfers.
• Historic Downtown Douglasville. With art galleries, markets, historic landmarks, shops, restaurants and entertainment, downtown Douglasville is the ideal place to take a stroll while soaking up the town’s history and scenery.
• Self-Guided Walking Tour. Douglasville’s Historic Commercial District Founding Father’s walking tour gives locals and visitors information that was crucial to understanding the process of Douglasville’s economic and industrial development. A map for the self-guided walking tour can be found at www.VisitDouglasville.com.
• Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival. Honors Penny McHenry, the founder of the American Hydrangea Society and celebrates with a festival that includes plants, fine arts, antiques, jewelry, food items and much more. Moonlight and Magnolias is also offered, which is hosted on Saturday night and features a three course dinner and a tour through three gardens. The festival will take place next June. Tickets are priced at $50.
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