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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USAGeorgia Farm, Ranch and Plantation Lifestyle

  • Published Monday, May 21, 2012
  • Updated on Friday, September 21, 2012
Nestled among the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia are many farms and plantations rich with history and grandeur. While Atlanta is certainly a bustling city, many residents prefer a more rural retreat to call home or even visit only on weekends to escape the city. Sitting on a pristine wrap-around porch, sipping sweet tea and overlooking acres of rolling green land and pastures dotted with a variety of sturdy trees is what many experience on the farms in Georgia.

Atlanta’s Farm and Ranch lifestyle

From the early 1830s through the 1930s, cotton plantations were king in our region. Any flat area of land was plowed and made clear to incorporate the crop and many plantations shot up to maintain the agriculture. However, the open spaces soon led to erosion and leaching of the land’s soil nutrients.  In just a few short decades the top soils had washed out into the local water ways.

Once the soil ran dry in the 1930s, pine timberlands became the primary agricultural focus as they could survive the poor soils. In the 1960s, a large urban growth began and much of the city’s farms and plantations were transformed into more traditional residential and commercial spaces. As such, the farms that remain are typically found on the out skirts of the city. To the North, the cities of Alpharetta and Milton are home to many of these extraordinary estates.

The convenience to the city coupled with the rural lifestyle is ideal for many residents looking for the unique. Also, the schools in the area are excellent. Further outside of the city, Madison, Eatonton and Monroe are filled with farms surrounded by expansive acreage ideal for those searching for majestic scenery of their own plantation.

Who we are

Atlanta attracts transferees from all over the world who delight in our mild climate, low cost of living, abundant housing choices, excellent education and extensive parks and recreation. Atlanta is a short two hour drive from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and five hours from the sandy beaches of the coast.

Atlanta is located in the northern half of Georgia and is currently home to more than five million diverse citizens. Truly a worldly city, Atlanta has something to offer everyone including those who call the capital home as well as the more than 240,000 travelers who pass through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport each day. Direct flights to and from Asia, Europe and South America have made Atlanta easily accessible to thousands of international businesses and now more than 50 countries are represented in consultants, trade offices and chambers of commerce throughout the city.  

The bustling and pro-business economy supports the fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies and more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies. The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Delta Air Lines and Turner Broadcasting are all an integral part of the Atlanta community.

Combining the best of old and new, Atlantans can tour historic properties including the Swan Coach House, the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House and the Cyclorama.  Or, they can take in cultural attractions like the famous Fox Theatre, the High Museum, the widely acclaimed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet or sample any number of international cuisines at our fabulous restaurants and cafes.

Within Atlanta, there are hundreds of neighborhoods with their own unique identity and personality. From Historic Decatur with its central square, to the tree lined streets of Virginia-Highland, to the fantastic shopping of Buckhead, to the independent artist community of Little Five Points there is a place for everyone! Each neighborhood is conveniently located minutes from the city’s business districts and will soon be connected by the groundbreaking Atlanta Belt Line which will cover 22 miles of historic rail segments around the core of Atlanta.

For more information

www.accessatlanta.com
www.gfb.org
www.agr.georgia.gov
www.accessnorthga.com
http://extension.uga.edu/agriculture/
http://www.ers.usda.gov/statefacts/GA.HTM

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