Buckhead was founded in 1837.

Buckhead is a wealthy and historic Atlanta neighborhood. In addition to sprawling mansions and glamorous high-rise condominiums, Buckhead is also home to some of Atlanta's best shopping malls, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Some of Atlanta's snazziest restaurants are also located in Buckhead.

"You don't need Tom Wolfe to tell you that the Buckhead section of Atlanta is the jewel of the city, an area of gracious homes, elegant hotels and shopping centers, as well as some of the best restaurants" -Florence Fabricant, New York Times

As a community, Buckhead traces its origin to Henry Irby's general store and tavern, which was founded in 1837, according to an Irby descendant. It was located at what is now the northwest corner of West Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road. Irby's tavern became the stopping place for travelers rich and poor in the thinly populated wilderness and the community that grew up around it was known as Irbyville. He maintained it until well after the Civil War. Irby, who died in 1879, is buried in the Sardis Methodist Church cemetery on Power's Ferry Road near its intersection with Roswell Road.

It was Irby, according to his descendant, who killed a large deer and mounted the "buck head" where travelers could see it.

Why this display made such an impression on people, who came across it is hard to say. Some sources describe it as a sort of joke, a way of poking fun at European noblemen who displayed hunting trophies on their walls. At any rate, the name Buckhead proved durable, and a campaign in the late 19th century to rename the area Northside Park was unsuccessful.

Buckhead is one of Atlanta's most important business districts, and includes Atlanta's wealthiest neighborhoods, with the Georgia Governor's Mansion, a part time residence of Elton John, and the Atlanta History Center with its museum and library. Buckhead was also the home of golf legend Bobby Jones until his death in 1971. Although there are some moderately priced homes in the area, the price of most homes and condominiums starts at around $500,000 and extends well beyond $10,000,000. Buckhead is also one of the major shopping areas in the Southeast, where shoppers spend in excess of $1 billion a year. The primary shopping district comprises Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Through the years, Buckhead has held onto its claim as the most renowned and fashionable of all Atlanta neighborhoods.

As you move away from the bars and shops of ground zero Buckhead, a growing battalion of high-rise luxury apartments and condominiums attracts the city's most prosperous up-and-comers. Gradually, small skyscrapers are beginning to dot the landscape of Buckhead's perimeter commercial area, as office and condominium space is sold at an astronomical premium.

Some things resist change more strongly than others, however, and the tree-lined neighborhoods west of Peachtree, especially along Paces Ferry Road, live on as exquisite enclaves of old Atlanta money. Just a mile down this awe-inspiring stretch of road from the rollicking, disco-themed Have a Nice Day Cafe sits the august Georgia Governors Mansion. Many local celebrities and the families of early Atlantans make their homes in the wooded estates scattered hereabouts. A casual driving tour through these gently winding backstreets has a tendency to make one feel like a rolling prop in a pictorial out of Southern Living or Architectural Digest. The paradoxical proximity of these bucolic streets to crowded and hectic Peachtree Road is at the heart of contemporary Buckhead, and is perhaps what gives the neighborhood such wide, energetic appeal.


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Chastain Park

The park is rich in local and regional significance. The Chastain Park Civic Association (CPCA) has been supporting and providing leadership for this neighborhoods and park for 30 years. They are the voice of Chastain Park, a vibrant community with wonderful amenities located within the two cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs. CPCA is a non-profit organization comprised of a thousand plus members and a volunteer board of elected representatives that work collaboratively with local governments to address neighborhood issues that sustain and enhance the park and surrounding community. Currently the largest public park in Atlanta, Chastain Park consists of 268 acres and is encircled by many neighborhoods, all of which are part of the Civic Association.

Recognized as the largest park in the city of Atlanta, Chastain Park, originally named North Fulton Park, is also one of the most popular. Named after Troy Green Chastain, the former County Commissioner of North Fulton County, this community is what it is today because of Mr. Chastain's purpose and consistent determination to create this wonderful park. Today's Park remains true to Troy Chastain's vision and is a tribute to his foresight. Chastain is remembered as saying he was "imagining" what this park would look like. The park essentially was developed as Troy Chastain imagined.

The park entails approximately 268 acres and some of the features include the 18-hole North Fulton Golf Course and the 50-yard Olympic-size swimming pool, which offered the first pool filter system in the city. The majority of the enhancing stonework in the picnic area was assembled in the early 1940's. From the beginning, Mr. Chastain envisioned building in the Park an amphitheater. On June 20, 1944, Chastain Park Amphitheater commenced. A year later, the riding stables were constructed to accommodate the horses used for the polo fields. In the 1950's, these riding stables were converted into the Red Barn Restaurant which is recognized today as Horseradish Grill. This very popular contemporary southern dining establishment still reserves some of its old rustic flare with the original wood walls and enormous stone fireplace. In the early 1950's, the polo fields were converted into the ball fields (4 fields for softball and 7 fields for baseball) which remains today. In 1979, the tennis center was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure. The current facility includes nine tennis courts, locker rooms, restrooms, and an office area.


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Updated: 20th March, 2019 12:59 AM.