New Hope, Georgia
New Hope is an unincorporated community in Paulding County, Georgia. Once considered a rural destination, New Hope is now an exurb of Atlanta, located at the crossroads of Dallas-Acworth Highway and East Paulding Drive/Old Cartersville Road. The community began to develop in the late 1990s and flourished in the early 2000s, especially with the development of the Riverwood, Bentwater, and SevenHills communities. As one of the fastest growing communities in one of the nation's fastest growing counties, New Hope was hit hard by the housing bust of the late 2000s. As a result, lots once slated for half-million dollar homes lie vacant, newly paved streets have no destination, and newly built homes remain unsold and shuttered.
New Hope is within zip code 30132, a part of Dallas, Georgia. The Battle of New Hope Church, one of the last battles before Sherman's campaign reached Atlanta during the American Civil War, took place in this area.
On April 4, 1977, Southern Airways Flight 242 crashed into New Hope, killing 72 people after making an emergency landing on State Route 381, Dallas Acworth Hwy. The Douglas DC-9 was damaged from a severe thunderstorm. Every 10 years since the crash the survivors attend a ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the crash. It is the largest survivors group of its kind.