Experience Buford GA | Historic District

by Benjamin Harrison

Written in Collaboration with The Cognitive Creative

When Hamilton Mill turns into Hill St. you’ve gone back in time. Historic downtown Buford GA is a technicolor visage of a moment in time. Before the world was connected by information highways, it was connected by railways. 

Founded in 1872, Buford, GA was the proverbial railroad town. Named for Algernon Sidney Buford, the president of the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railroad, the “Town of Buford” was incorporated by an act of the legislature. Years later, in 1896, the name was changed to “City of Buford”. 

Buford’s early attention to education helped the city rise above its sleepier counterparts. Citizens were business-minded and future-focused. In 1902, a News-Herald article referred to Buford as the “New York of Gwinnett” due to its numerous factories and bustling business district. In fact, the first bank in Gwinnett County was located in Buford. 

The city’s rare focus on education, as well as the job market, drew new residents with families to support. A number of notable, and nationally recognized businesses headquartered in Buford and the city’s enterprise history is rich and prolific. 

Today, downtown Buford is revitalized and its historic buildings contain artisan shops, independent restaurants, and art galleries. Situated along the railroad tracks that brought the city out of the ground, the historic downtown is easily walkable and quaint in spite of its robust entrepreneurial ledgers. 

Downtown Buford GA Restaurants 

Aqua Terra Bistro

Fine dining, curated wines, and cocktails, traditional classics inspired by world cuisine. Party and Event space. 

Parma Tavern

A neighborhood gathering place: great food and drink, no attitude. Eclectic Italian, pizza, burgers, small plates. 

Rico’s World Kitchen 

Globally inspired comfort food in a historic gas station. 

Bare Bones Steakhouse

Classic steakhouse in a historic building, lounge, and party space 

37 Main Restaurant and Bar

A rock cafe! Music and food in a historic venue. Tickets required.

Main Street Deli

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and catering 

Historic District Shops

Tannery Row Artist Colony

A collection of 21 studio spaces dedicated to makers of all types. Free admission


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