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About Douglasville
Enjoy Our Town
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 Skint 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
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.

Also located in Downtown Douglasville is the Old Douglas County Courthouse. Although modern compared to the majority of structures in downtown Douglasville, the historic courthouse, completed in 1956, is one of the most remarkable buildings in the historic district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of just four buildings still in existence in the United States that was designed in the international style of the 1950s. The Old Courthouse houses the Douglas County Museum of History and Art and the Black Education Historical Exhibit. Both museums are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1;00 to 5:00 pm.

Events
Besides its history and buildings there are many events and festivals that Downtown Douglasville plays host to. The Taste of Douglasville, the Main Street Farmer’s Market, Douglasville’s annual dance and talent competitions, 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. For more information about events in Downtown Douglasville visit our calendar of events.

With its unique history, a healthy night life, 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.