Chestnut Mountain and Oakwood
Oakwood is conveniently located near Interstate 985 and 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 Lanier Technical College and University of North Georgia.
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.
With nearby Interstate 985 and improved interchange access, the ever-increasing popularity of Lake Lanier, and a strong educational and business base, Oakwood has grown rapidly and is positioned for much more. It is home to Lanier Technical College, University of North Georgia and Gainesville State College.
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Last updated on Sep 21, 2019 4:30:am.
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