Oakwood & Chestnut Mountain

Oakwood is conveniently located near Interstate 985 and the ever-increasing popular Lake Lanier. The town has grown rapidly in past decades and has a strong educational base. It is home to North Georgia's most recognized colleges including the University of North Georgia (Gainesville Campus) and Lanier Technical College.

Oakwood originated around 1873 as a railroad stop between Charlotte and Atlanta. Initially called Odell's Crossing, the name was later changed to Oakwood because the location was the regular stop for wood-burning locomotives picking up essential fuel. The community quickly blossomed into a thriving railroad center with a depot packed with traveling passengers and a yard lined with crews loading and unloading freight. This bustle of activity attracted the town's earliest industries including a brick-making shop and a bottle-making plant. In turn, these industries helped attract boarding houses, stores, a hotel and other businesses to supply the growing area's demands.

 

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Last updated on Nov 13, 2019 1:52:am.