When you visit Downtown Woodstock you’re immediately immersed in the rich history of the area. One of Cherokee County’s oldest towns, the first settlers in the 1830’s called their new home “Woodstock.”
Cherokee County was formed in December 1831 from lands claimed from the Cherokee and Creek Indians. With the Indians relocated to present-day Oklahoma on the infamous Trail of Tears, the territory was open for mining and agriculture, especially cotton and corn. The discovery of a 10-mile wide gold belt nearby led to the Georgia Gold Rush, during which time an estimated 3000 men came to the area searching for gold. Early settlements were located near waterways and were largely self-sufficient and self-contained.
However, after the Civil War, the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad built a depot in 1879 as a stopping point between Marietta and Canton, this soon became the center of commerce for the town. Woodstock became an official city nearly 20 years later in 1897.
The current Woodstock Train Depot, built by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, dates back to 1912 and is home to a wonderful restaurant. What we refer to today as Downtown or Olde Towne Woodstock was in reality the entire city of Woodstock for most of its history. The Dean’s Store, which is still owned by the Dean family, opened in 1906 and for 75 years operated as the town’s general store. Today Dean’s Store is home to Woodstock Visitor’s Center. With many original fixtures, historic items and a comfy reading room, don’t miss a chance to stop in and experience a piece of the true history of Woodstock.
Some historic homes are still occupied by descendants of the original owners while others have been renovated to become thriving businesses. Beauty salons, spas, restaurants, gift shops, antique stores and galleries are housed in these historic Buildings and surroundings that invite you to experience a taste of Woodstock’s heritage. The atmosphere of bygone days appeals to young and old alike and the town’s distinct history surrounds the shopper or sight seeing visitor.
One visit and you’ll be amazed at all that Woodstock has to offer. The award winning Historic Downtown area is more pedestrian friendly than ever with a recently completed streetscape project that has brought wider sidewalks, additional (and safer) pedestrian street crossings, double the number of on-street parking spaces and beautiful plantings for you to enjoy all year round.
When it comes to great food, Downtown Woodstock has something to offer everyone. From a hotdog or hamburger for the kids, to fine dining for that special occasion, you won’t be disappointed. There’s frozen yogurt or cupcakes for a tasty treat, great breakfast establishments, a world class tea room, authentic Mexican and Italian cuisine, plus the ever-favorite All American classics. The selection of restaurants here is truly unique as there are no big national chains, just great local restaurants and friendly folks.
Downtown Woodstock also offers one-of-a-kind shopping experiences that can be found nowhere else. In this historic setting, you’ll find over 25 locally owned unique shops. You’ll discover art galleries, antiques, sports collectables, great boutiques, a book store, Native American art, jewelry, home and garden décor, quaint gift shops, the latest bicycles and cycling gear, wonderful spas, salons, and more than you can imagine.
There truly is a tremendous range of entertainment options in Down Town Woodstock. Many local restaurants routinely feature live music, there are street fairs, parades and a great farmers market. The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is Downtown Woodstock’s thriving new arts center, offering performances, instruction and year round exhibits. You’ll find live plays, musicals, camps and classes in music, drama, and art, as well as concerts, recitals, pageants, art exhibits and even improv! There’s always something going on for all to enjoy.
Woodstock also features many local attractions that you won’t want to miss. The Historic Dixie Speedway, Georgia’s premier 3/8 clay oval track, hosts stock car racing every Saturday night May through October. Hikers and mountain bikers are making the trip to Woodstock to enjoy the new trail system that is being developed here. The planned 60-mile network of multi-use trails currently features seven miles of paved trails for runners, walkers and bikers, as well as 23 miles of beginner through advanced biking and hiking trails at Rope Mill Park and Blankets Creek. And don’t forget that Woodstock is conveniently located in close proximity to Lake Allatoona where you can take advantage of a boatload of recreational activities.
Opening on July 18th, 2013, for those of you who can’t pass up a great, deal is the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Georgia’s latest shopping destination will be located at the newly constructed Exit 9 off I-575 at Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. This new center will be the closet outlet mall to the City of Atlanta and will feature 80 premium outlet stores and a wide assortment of dining options.
Georgia’s Woodstock holds a world of Southern charm with great deals, historic ambience, and a strong sense of community. Georgia’s Woodstock awaits your visit. AC
For more information on Woodstock please contact the Woodstock Visitors Center at 770. 924. 0406 or stop by the Visitors Center at 8588 Main Street. The Visitors Center and Historic Deans Store are open Monday-Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
To find out more about visiting Downtown Woodstock be sure to check out www.whatsupwoodstock.com