Alpharetta means "First Town" in Greek. Located in Fulton County, north of Atlanta off of 400, the thriving suburb of Alpharetta was once a remote Methodist camp known as New Prospect Camp Ground, located beside a spring in the middle of lands opened up in the land lotteries of the 1830's. The community grew and came to be known as the Town of Milton in Milton County. [Interestingly, a new town called Milton, Georgia was carved out of Fulton County in 2006]. In 1858 Alpharetta was renamed and it became the county seat. Since Milton County merged with Fulton County in 1932, Old Milton Parkway remains one of the last vestiges of the original community identity.
Alpharetta did not even have paved roads until the counties merged. Lack of a railroad kept the community remote and small, but it also prevented some of the more disastrous events following the civil war from affecting the city. Alpharetta was a community of merchants, and most of the farms were small and did not engage in slave use. Consequently, while buildings were burned when the armies marched through, in the aftermath of the war, the end of plantation economics had less impact on Alpharetta than other parts of the South.
Alpharetta is now a growing, family-oriented Atlanta suburb with a thriving business district of its own, hosting many major companies, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and General Electric. Vestiges of the city's agricultural past remain which provides an intriguing contrast to the growing suburb.
Alpharetta has an active recreation department, hosting an arts festival, the "Taste of Alpharetta", and a yearly Old Soldier's Day race and parade, a tradition that began as a tribute to the veterans of the Civil War and continues to honor United States Veterans.
People from all over Atlanta go to Alpharetta for to see shows at the award winning Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and families move there for a thriving economy and a supportive, family focused environment.
Alpharetta is a short drive to our Buckhead office. Please contact Mr. Fleming directly at (404) 525-5150 or contact us online to discuss you case in complete confidence. We have a team of experienced attorneys and paralegals who are ready to help you with your case.
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