Norcross Information

Located in northern Georgia, only a short distance northeast of the Atlanta metropolitan area, Norcross's history dates back to the post-Civil War era. Businessman J. J. Thrasher bought 250 acres of land in the area to take advantage of rail extensions, and Thrasher's parcel was incorporated in 1870. He named the town after his close friend Jonathan Norcross, an Atlanta politician and former mayor who played an influential role in the shaping of modern Atlanta.

Thrasher served as the town's first mayor, and Thrasher Park in central Norcross still bears his name. Norcross quickly became a popular summer destination for Atlanta residents fleeing the city heat to enjoy the area's lakes. The Victorian mansions they built are the heart of modern Norcross. By 1878, there were two round-trip trains running from Atlanta to Norcross every day. The city was also a commercial center, with factories and markets where local farmers could sell their cotton. The first car manufacturing company in Georgia was founded in Norcross in 1907.

Today, Norcross has many attractions to entertain a visitor. It maintains its quiet, small-town atmosphere even though it's only a short distance from metropolitan Atlanta, and the carefully restored and maintained Victorian houses and red-brick shops that make up the city center help provide the illusion of stepping back in time to a simpler age.

The Chattahoochee River is still an important part of the town's lifestyle, and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area nearby attracts fishers, boaters, hikers, and picnickers. Upstream from the recreation area, Lake Lanier is one of the area's most popular tourist attractions, and boating on the lake is a popular pastime.

Norcross is also home to many art galleries and outlets, including the Bowman-White Art Gallery, LaBaire Pottery, and Great Gatsby's, a dealer in high-end collectibles. For kids, the Malibu Grand Prix Family Entertainment Center features go-karts, bumper cars, miniature golf, and other small-set amusements. For those who prefer the more grown-up form of golf, Heritage Golf Club is an excellently maintained public golf course that will challenge even talented golfers. Whatever your preference in entertainment, Norcross can provide it in a charming, relaxing environment.