Ball Ground is in Cherokee County. Some records indicate Ball Ground was originally named Battle Ground on early maps. The town is located near fields that the Cherokee people used to play stick ball, a rough game similar to lacrosse. The community was incorporated on January 1, 1882, the same year that the railroad came through. After the railroad’s arrival, the town grew as a result of the marble industry. In 2015 Ball Ground achieved official status as a “Georgia Main Street Community. The town joined 13 other Cities in the 10 County Metro Atlanta Region.
The town is being revitalized with new brick sidewalks and new businesses. The town is small with two blocks of buildings on both sides of the street. A few of the buildings have plaques with the history of the building.
Burger Bus – Eat in a restored Atlanta Transit Authority trolley car #1386. Hamburgers are made with locally sourced angus beef. The burgers are good.
A historical marker is at the corner of Valley Street & Hwy 372/Gilmer Ferry Rd. the historical marker reads:
BATTLE OF TALIWA – Two and one-half miles to the east, near the confluence of Long-Swamp Creek and the Etowah River, is the traditional site of Taliwa, scene of the fiercest and most decisive battle in the long war of the 1740’s and 50’s between the Cherokee and Creek Indians.There, about 1755, the great Cherokee war-chief, Oconostota, led 500 of his warriors to victory over a larger band of Creeks. So complete was the defeat that the Creeks retreated south of the Chattahoochee River, leaving to their opponents the region later to become the heart of the ill-fated Cherokee Nation.
Gibbs Gardens – In 1980, after an extensive six-year property search, 292 acres were purchased to construct a world-class garden. The garden has various sections that feature different plants. They have a daffodil garden with over 20 million daffodils of more than 100 different varieties. I was there in March and the garden and daffodils were beautiful. The garden also has a sculpture garden that Sally and Jim Gibbs have sculptures to represent each of their 11 grandchildren personalities. 1987 Gibbs Drive.
Gibbs Manor House
Wild Cat on a Wing – They have unusual gifts for the home and garden. They have pottery, flags, metal sculptures, birdhouses, etc. They also have wine tastings. They are not downtown. 10061 Ball Ground Hwy