The city of Douglasville is the county seat of Douglas County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 70,961, up from 20,065 at the 2000 census. Douglasville is located approximately less than 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta Metro Area.
The very best of Atlanta is right here in Douglasville. Break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and visit Douglasville. Our charming town offers a unique blend of small-town ambiance and fun-filled entertainment.
Just a few miles west of downtown Atlanta, Douglasville is a welcoming city with a friendly, small-town atmosphere and entertainment that emulates big-town fun. While the city continues to grow, Douglasville uniquely preserves its signature hometown feel. Located at a natural rise in the topography, Douglasville was originally known as Skit Chestnut, a name derived from a large tree stripped of its bark and used by Native Americans and traders as a trail marker.
The Town of Douglasville was chartered on February 25, 1875, but the origin of Downtown Douglasville begins with Joseph James. James was Douglasville’s premiere entrepreneur, a “New South” booster and Douglasville’s first mayor. James was instrumental in charting the town, bringing the railroad, and directing the development of the historic commercial district. The espousal of Henry Grady’s New South ideology by a majority of Douglasville’s businessmen, professionals, and politicians assisted in transforming the little farming village of Douglasville into a thriving town with a cotton mill, a traditional main street, a college, churches, hotels, a courthouse, and lovely houses surrounding the commercial district.
Downtown Douglasville is a nationally designated Main Street city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To get better acquainted with Douglasville’s history and tourism opportunities visit the Douglasville Welcome Center located at 6694 Broad Street. A self-guided walking tour of the historic commercial buildings is available in the Douglasville Welcome Center or online.
Besides its history and buildings there are many events and festivals that Downtown Douglasville plays host to. The Taste of Douglasville, the annual Juneteenth Celebration, Spring, Summer, and Fall concert series, the sanctioned Moonlight 5k run, the Chili Cook-off, and the July 4th and Christmas parades are just a few of the many events that are hosted in Downtown Douglasville.
With its unique history, healthy nightlife, year-round events and activities, and regionally recognized restaurants, Downtown Douglasville aims to be the heart and soul of our community where families and friends can congregate to work, live, and play.
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