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Dawsonville City

Dawsonville City Hall is located at 4156 Highway 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30534; phone: 706-265-3256.

Dawsonville, Georgia [1] is the civic seat and social center of Dawson County. The City was incorporated in 1959 and became the center for county government operations after the construction of a courthouse and jail in 1860. Over time the local economy has flourished and struggled with a mostly agriculture base, but Dawsonville's prevailing identity stems from it's origins as a haven for the production and trade of moonshine. The popularity of this era remains with a cultural festival named after the illegal alcohol, while, more importantly, the production of fast cars used to transport moonshine lead to the community's fascination with auto racing that survives today within a local museum.

Together with Dawson County, Dawsonville also serves as the southern gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and the northern tip of metropolitan Atlanta. The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail lies in Dawson County, which, combined with the abundant reserved forest within the area, has raised the profile of outdoor recreational activities for locals and tourists alike. But retail commerce and industry has grown in the region, as well, as suburban development and population growth has crept to and beyond the Dawson County line. Georgia Highway 400 and an outlet mall have raised the regional awareness of Dawsonville, and modern technology has helped permit the once small, rural community to blossom with potential for true urbanized amenities.

  1. City of Dawsonville, Comprehensive Plan, 2008,, accessed May, 2014.
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