Where History Meets High Style
Buckhead is the "chic” affluent uptown shopping, dining, and entertainment district of Atlanta, in Fulton County and comprising approximately the northern fifth of the city. Established in 1838, Henry Irby purchased 202 1/2 acres surrounding the present intersection of Peachtree, Roswell, and West Paces Ferry roads from Daniel Johnson for $650. Irby subsequently established a general store and tavern at the northwest corner of the intersection.
Originally known as Irbyville, the name "Buckhead" comes from a story that Irby killed a large buck deer and placed the head in a prominent location. By the late 1800s, Buckhead had become a rural vacation spot for wealthy Atlantans. In the 1890s, Buckhead was rechristened Atlanta Heights, but by the 1920s it was again "Buckhead."
The community was annexed by Atlanta in 1952, following an earlier attempt by Mayor William B. Hartsfield in 1946 that was voted down by residents. In 1956, an estate known as Joyeuse was chosen as the site for a major shopping center to be known as Lenox Square. The mall was designed by Joe Amisano, an architect who designed many of Atlanta's modernist buildings. When opened in 1959, Lenox Square was one of the first malls in the country, and the largest shopping center in the Southeastern U.S. Office development soon followed with the construction of Tower Place in 1974.
Situated in the heart of metro Atlanta, Buckhead roughly covers the interior of the "V" formed by Interstate 85 on the east and Interstate 75 on the west. Buckhead is bordered to the northwest by Cumberland and Vinings in Cobb County, Sandy Springs to the north, Brookhaven and North Druid Hills to the east, Midtown to the south and West Midtown to the west. Buckhead, with a population of approximately 80,000 and known for its expansive single family homes and rolling hills, has continued to blossom into a major commercial and financial hub for the Southeast.
If galleries are your thing, Bennett Street and Miami Circle are where you should head to browse cottage art, Southern artists, sculpture, folk art, watercolor, contemporary art, jewelry and photography. Museums include the Atlanta History Center, the historic Swan House and the Smith Family Farm. And don’t forget the Buckhead Theatre as well as the Improv Comedy and Dinner Theatre.
Buckhead is home to a wide range of acclaimed eateries, including Blue Ridge Grill, Canoe, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chama Gaucha and Watershed. But before indulging your appetite, you may enjoy spending some time in Buckhead’s shopping district along Peachtree Street at the current incarnation of Lenox Square and/or nearby Phipps Plaza at over 300 of the world’s finest retailers. At Lenox, shop Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus plus designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo, or casual staples like J. Crew and Banana Republic. At Phipps, shop Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Belk, as well as specialty retailers like Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo, plus the popular LEGOLAND Discovery Center attraction.
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