Vinings, Georgia

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Vinings is a census-designated place and an unincorporated town in Cobb County, Georgia, just across the Chattahoochee River from Atlanta. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 9,677. The town is located between the affluent West Paces Ferry section of Buckhead in northwest Atlanta, and suburban Smyrna in Cobb County, adjacent to the Cumberland edge city. The U.S. Postal Service uses "Atlanta" for all Vinings addresses (ZIP code 30339), and "Vinings" is, paradoxically, listed as "not acceptable".

Home Depot is headquartered just outside Vinings.



Early on, Vinings was known as Crossroads, and then Paces, after Hardy Pace around 1830. He operated Pace's Ferry across the Chattahoochee River, in this area between Atlanta, Buckhead, and Smyrna. Paces Ferry Road is still the main east/west road through town. The Western and Atlantic Railroad laid rail tracks from Atlanta, northwest to Chattanooga in the 1840s. Vinings became a construction station for the railroad, and was inadvertently named for Wlliam H. Vining as he worked on the railroad construction of "Vinings Bridge" laying tracks in the area. The railroad is still state-owned as it was from the beginning, and is now leased to CSX.[3]

The United States Army occupied the Vinings area during Sherman's Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War in 1864 on his March to the Sea. Unfortunately, Pace's home which had been used as a hospital for Union troops was destroyed in the process. Vinings recovered after the war as Governor Brown leased the railroad to Vinings to bring passengers to the springs and pavilions built to encourage a respite from the reconstruction of Atlanta. Vinings was officially recognized as a community in 1904, the same year the one-lane bridge was constructed across the Chattahoochee River. The town was never incorporated, though it had been discussed whether it should become a township.[4]

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