The city of Norcross began in 1869 when Atlanta entrepreneur John Thrasher purchased the land around a proposed rail line stop. In 1870, the area was incorporated and named after Jonathan Norcross, Thrasher's good friend and fellow entrepreneur. Today, residents enjoy its wide streets lined with restored Victorian homes, stroller-friendly sidewalks, and large trees.

Key Features

An Outdoor Oasis: This picturesque city was the second to be incorporated in Gwinnett County, and the first to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents and visitors of Norcross enjoy easy access to the Chattahoochee River, a popular destination for swimming, fishing, boating, and enjoying nature.

Always Something To Do: Norcross has continued to grow from its historic foundation, and today it has a high level of community involvement and pride. This can be seen in their robust events calendar as well as their bustling shops, eateries, and cultural attractions.

Nest Picks

The Norcross Welcome Center and Museum

The Norcross Welcome Center and Museum is available for locals and tourists as an extensive resource for learning about the city’s history and current attractions. It is also home to the Norcross Baseball Museum, a room dedicated to baseball history in the area.

Old Norcross Shops and Restaurants

Housed in century-old brick buildings, the shops and restaurants in this area are as rich in history as they are full of interesting businesses. From home furnishings and jewelry to homemade mole sauce and English pub food, this area has something for everyone. Tired of shopping and eating? Swing by the award-winning community theatre or stroll through art galleries also housed in the area.

Discovery Garden

Discovery Garden Park serves not only as a park, but also as a nature center and community garden. Opened in 2016, it features a cooking and grilling station, pavilion, children's garden, and raised beds that are tended to and rented by community members. It is often the site of events and gatherings in the neighborhood.

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