Created By: Alpharetta Historical Society
Explore the early days of Alpharetta on this self-guided tour with stops at twenty-two historic markers located within walking distance of one another. Uncover the story of Alpharetta’s past at your own pace: learn what industry drove the city’s economy and what buildings served uniquely different purposes than their modern-day functions. And there’s no better time to bring up a discussion of your own family’s history. Gather the grandparents, bring along the youngsters and take a walk down memory lane. While you are here, take time to discover our dynamic city. With access to 300 things to do, five distinct shopping districts and over 175 dining options, there is plenty to fill your days. Choose one of 23 modern and affordable hotels listed on the back of the brochure. Take advantage of specially designed hotel packages or special rates found on our website.
A Brief HISTORY OF ALPHARETTA, GA OLD MILTON COUNTY As far back as 1835, New Prospect Campground was an overnight stop for travelers and traders. Prior to the formation of Milton County in 1858, the U.S. Coastal Survey Map also indicates an early settled community called Farm House near the Preston Ridge peak. On March 23, 1858, Milton County was created and the Milton County Courthouse was erected at the site directly in front of present day Alpharetta City Hall. At the turn of the century, Alpharetta continued to be an overnight stop for travelers from Atlanta to Dahlonega. The downtown area had four hotels, several cotton gins and mercantile stores and was bustling with activity. Alpharettans have served their country in every major foreign war from the Spanish-American through the war in Iraq. The town’s economy was cotton farm based until WWII when the federal government encouraged local farmers to raise food crops, chickens and livestock. In 1981, Alpharetta was a small town of 3,000. By 2015, the population increased to more than 62,000 residents. While striving to honor its rural roots, the city is home to some of the leading U.S. corporations. Its public schools are among the highest scoring in the nation.