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Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 344-3900
All about Dawsonville
The Historic Spirit of the South is Alive and Well
About Dawsonville, GA
Located in Dawson County, in the northern part of Georgia, Dawsonville ranges over almost two square miles and has a 2010 US Census population of 2,536. State Routes 53 and 9 are the main thoroughfares that run through the center. The city is about an hour north of Atlanta and can be reached through Routes 19 and 53.
Founded in 1857 as the county seat, Dawsonville was named after Senator William Crossby Dawson, a politician and commander of a brigade in the Creek Indian War of 1836. In 1859, the location became a town and in 1952, it became a city.
The city received national attention on “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” in the segment on the history of moonshine and how that illicit activity led to NASCAR. Indeed, Dawsonville is familiar in auto racing as the birthplace of NASCAR and the location of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. (City Hall uses a racing staple as its primary decorating theme through its interior and exterior.) The city is also the home of retired NASCAR driver Bill Elliot and his son, Chase Elliot, who is still racing.
Quality of Life in Dawsonville, GA
As you’d expect from a small Southern enclave, life in Dawsonville is a “historic and spirited community” that encourages “families and businesses” to flourish with “the spirit of healthy living.” Residents can enjoy three parks and a sports complex with sports, such as baseball, cheer leading, and soccer, lesson in swimming and tai chi, fitness programs like Boot Camp and Zumba, and camps during all four seasons. To admire one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia, folks can marvel at the highest waterfall in the state, the 729-foot high Amicalola Falls, located in town.
For shop-a-holics, there’s the North Georgia Premium Outlets, a center for 140 outlet stores including such national brands as Williams-Sonoma, Nike, Hugo Boss, and Ann Taylor.
The people value their past as proven by the preservation of a historic 1881 jail and an 1860 courthouse. Both are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. On the fourth weekend of October, everyone celebrates The Mountain Moonshine Festival, complete with clogging, cars, arts and crafts, and, of course, a still.
The Dawson County School District boasts about 219 full-time teacher and 3,036 students in three elementary schools, and two middle schools, one of which won the governor’s Gold Award on student achievement. The only high school, located in Dawsonville proper, became part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes institutions who have high performance levels.
Orthodontics in Dawsonville, GA
If you’re looking for Dawsonville orthodontist who offers quality treatments at an affordable price, check out Wilson Field. Our experienced team uses advanced technologies, such as Dawsonville Invisalign, or familiar treatments, such as metal braces, to give you a winning smile and to treat problems with the teeth, jaw, and face. Expect professional and friendly service that’s focused on you at the best orthodontist in Dawsonville.