Historic Norcross

From Peachtree Corners

Founded in the late 1800's along the famous Peachtree Road this little town has lots of history and lots of charm. A great place to get out, walk around, and explore. Nice specialty shops and great restaurants. Don't miss the old train station and the trains that still pass through regularly.

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History

THRASHER PARK NAMED FOR THE FOUNDER OF NORCROSS

"Norcross was chartered in 1870 through its founder, J.J. "Cousin John" Thrasher, and named for his good friend, Jonathon Norcross, the fourth mayor (1851) of Atlanta. "Cousin John" purchased tracts of land which he subdivided and sold as lots along the developing Richmond and Danville Railroad Line in Gwinnett County. The first train on this line ran to Atlanta in June 1870. Norcross was made an incorporated town by act of the State Legislature on October 26, 1870, and "Cousin John" was elected the first mayor. He laid out and donated a square of land for a part "so to be used for all time, never for industrial purposes of any kind." For a period of time the park became known as "Dodson Park" because Mr. Dodson, a superintendent of the railroad, had a pavilion built which was given to the city. The name was changed to "Thrasher Park" by unanimous act of the Norcross City Council on January 1, 1934. We pay deepest respect to "Cousin John" Thrasher whose name stays with us in our park, if not in the name of our town."

--Thrasher Park Historical Marker, Downtown Historic Norcross


Places to visit in Historic Old Town Norcross:


Shops, Restaurants, and More

Carlyle House - Special Events & Banquet Facility

Norcross Art Studio | Norcross Baseball Hall of Fame

The Bleu House Cafe | Burper Design Center - Home Design | Designs in Flowers - florist, gifts, home accents

The Engine Exchange - rebuilding | Brown's Glass & Mirror | B & W Automotive Sales Inc Auto Parts / Machine Shop | Antique Traditions | Sergio's Upholstery

Dominick's | Fiddle-dee-dee - Gifts, Home Decor, collectables | A.V.S. Jewelery Repair | Taste of Britain | Good Things Home & Garden | Norcross Masonic Lodge | Publix Employees Federal Credit Union | Sweet Dreams Bakery | Mitties Tea Room Cafe | English Language Workshop - Ingles Por Adultos | Family Dentistry | Northern Star Coffee House | Harrington Insurance | Tax City | Labaire Pottery Gallery | Norcross Hair Salon | Barber Shop | John Darnall - CPA | Precious Pets

| Paizanos | The Continental | The Royal Art Gallery | Norcross Tavern

Norcross Station Cafe

Norcross Garden Club

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