Gainesville, North Hall County, Ga
Gainesville real estate
Gainesville real estate by Suzanne Willis properties offers a wonderful place to live in. The city of Gainesville is the county seat of Hall County. It was previously established as “mule camp springs” due to the crossing of two Indian trails followed by settlers in 1800s. Gainesville is built upon its historical legacy as a regional transportation and trade centre for almost two centuries. The city was given the name Gainesville in 1821 after the military surveyor General Edmund Gaines whom was a veteran of the War of 1812 and a noted military surveyor and roadbuilder.
Gainesville began to grow in 1871 when the Airline Railroad began to stop in Gainesville therefore increasing its ties to other businesses in turn stimulating business and population growth. After World War II, Gainesville was given the name “Poultry Capital of the World” when a man named Jesse Jewell began the poultry industry that soon became the state’s largest agricultural crop and earned $1 billion a year.
With the need to continue growing, Gainesville with the guidance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Lake Sidney Lanier by building the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River and flooding the river’s valleys. The lake was constructed primarily for hydroelectricity and flood control however it also serves as a reservoir providing water to the city of Atlanta as well as a large tourist attraction. A highlight of Lake Lanier was in 1996 when it hosted the Summer Olympics for the rowing and kayaking medal competitions.
Gainesville can be found at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is approximately 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and is surrounded by Lake Sidney Lanier on three sides.
Gainesville, GA is known for its ability to provide ample employment, retail shopping, restaurants, entertainment and education. Among the educational and entertainment aspect of Gainesville is the Elachee Nature Science centre which brings environmental education to the local students as well as attracting over 60,000 visitors from outside the area every single year. The downtown Square is another tourist attraction with the numerous city events, retail shops, restaurants and historical buildings. Gainesville is home to the Gainesville Theater Alliance (GTA) which provides theatrical entertainment for the entire city and surrounding areas.
If outdoor activities are more your style, local parks can be found throughout the city and Lake Sydney Lanier is home to three marinas, Lake Lanier Island Resort, campgrounds, and public boat ramps.
Families are drawn to the schools in the area as they are well known for being among the best in the state for their educational facilities. Gainesville has two districts that hold pre-school to grade twelve (Gainesville City School District and Hall County School District) and two private schools that hold grades 7-12 (Riverside Military Academy & Lakeview Academy). Along with grade school, Gainesville is home to three higher education institutions: University of North Georgia – Gainesville Campus, Brenau University and the Interactive College of Technology.