Flowery Branch, Georgia

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
Main Street
Main Street
Location in Hall County and the state of Georgia
Location in Hall County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°11′9″N 83°55′28″W / 34.18583°N 83.92444°W / 34.18583; -83.92444Coordinates: 34°11′9″N 83°55′28″W / 34.18583°N 83.92444°W / 34.18583; -83.92444
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyHall
Area
 • Total7.24 sq mi (18.74 km2)
 • Land7.12 sq mi (18.44 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
Elevation
1,122 ft (342 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total9,391
 • Density1,318.96/sq mi (509.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30542
Area code770
FIPS code13-30340[2]
GNIS feature ID0331733[3]
Websitewww.flowerybranchga.org

Flowery Branch is a city in Hall County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 9,391. It is part of the Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan area, and lies on the shores of Lake Lanier.

History[edit]

Flowery Branch was established in 1874, one year after the Richmond and Danville Air-Line Railroad Railway System built a rail line through the city connecting Charlotte to Atlanta. The city hosts the Historic Caboose exhibit and the Historic Train Depot museum.

Flowery Branch was originally named Anaguluskee, a Cherokee Indian word meaning "flowers on the branch."[4] Other sources claim the original name was Nattagasska ("Blossom Creek"), which long-term residents recall as an alternative nickname for the town.[5]

Andrew Jackson passed through Flowery Branch on his way to the First Seminole War in 1818.[6][7] The historic Bowman-Pirkle House, built in 1818, was originally located on the border of Flowery Branch and Buford.[8]

Part of the historic Old Federal Road is in Flowery Branch.[9] It was an important route through northern Georgia in the early and mid-1800s. Its most obvious significance lay in four issues: the early history of Cherokee-U.S. social, economic, and cultural relations in the early 1800s, the eventual use of the Road as part of the Trail of Tears, use of the Road during the Georgia Gold Rush, and Union and Confederate use of the Road during the campaigns for Chickamauga in 1863 and Atlanta in 1864.[9]

Ferdinand de Soto entered Hall County in March of 1540 in transit between Stone Mountain and the Conasauga River.[10]

Geography[edit]

Flowery Branch is located at 34°11′9″N 83°55′28″W / 34.18583°N 83.92444°W / 34.18583; -83.92444 (34.185801, -83.924479).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.32 square miles (16.4 km2), of which, 6.32 square miles (16.4 km2) is land and 0.40% is water.[12]

Flowery Branch is within the Brevard Fault zone.[13]

Natural resources in the Flowery Branch area include: gray marble,[14][15] marble, clay, granite, graphite, limestone, iron ore, manganese, pegmatite, mica, beryl, quartzite, zircon, lead, copper, silver, and gold as known by the local Gold Hill Mine and regional popularity of The Hall County Gold Belt prospected during the Georgia Gold Rush.[16][13][10][17][18] Pyrite, known as Fool's Gold, is also abundant in the region. Other resources located within the near vicinity of Flowery Branch include: asbestos, corundum, sand, and precious gems such as diamond and ruby.[10][19][17]

Flowery Branch borders Chestnut Mountain and Oakwood. City limits are 1 mile (1.6 km) from Gainesville and Braselton. Flowery Branch is on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880289
189035021.1%
190042020.0%
1910373−11.2%
192046123.6%
1930418−9.3%
194050621.1%
195061020.6%
196074121.5%
19707795.1%
1980755−3.1%
19901,25165.7%
20001,80644.4%
20105,679214.5%
20209,39165.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[20]

2020 census[edit]

Flowery Branch racial composition[21]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,580 70.07%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 810 8.63%
Native American 24 0.26%
Asian 363 3.87%
Pacific Islander 2 0.02%
Other/mixed 417 4.44%
Hispanic or Latino 1,195 12.72%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,391 people, 2,976 households, and 1,862 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,806 people, 706 households, and 475 families residing in the town. The population density was 725.3 people per square mile (280.0/km2). There were 820 housing units at an average density of 329.3 per square mile (127.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 80.22% White, 10.18% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 2.21% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 9.69% of the population.

There were 706 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 25.7% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,478, and the median income for a family was $38,500. Males had a median income of $29,572 versus $21,382 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,970. About 9.5% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 21.6% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons football team's training camp has been located in Flowery Branch since the start of the 2005 season.[22]

King's Hawaiian operates a 116,000-sq ft bakery and distribution center in Flowery Branch.[23]

Wrigley's, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, manufactures chewing gum products including Juicy Fruit, Orbit, Extra, and 5 in Flowery Branch.[24]

Education[edit]

Public education in Flowery Branch is served by Hall County Schools. Flowery Branch High School is the city's local high school.

Popular culture[edit]

Flowery Branch is a popular film location, featured in several movies and television series including:

Notable people[edit]

Historical figures[edit]

  • Glennon C. "Jim" Crow[28]
  • Frank Taylor Davie[10]
  • John Lilburn Gaines (1842-1926)[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.kenkrakow.com/gpn/f.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ Hopper, Buz. "Jackson at Young's Tavern". GeorgiaInfo: an Online Georgia Almanac. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jackson at Young's Tavern Historical Marker". www.hmdb.org. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  8. ^ "NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY - NOMINATION FORM". 1973.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b Ownby, Ted; Wharton, David (2007). "Old Federal Road". www.dot.ga.gov. Retrieved 2021-05-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ a b c d e Memoirs of Georgia: Containing Historical Accounts of the State's Civil, Military, Industrial and Professional Interests, and Personal Sketches of Many of Its People. Southern Historical Association. 1895.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2012-05-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ a b https://epd.georgia.gov/sites/epd.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/B-96.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  14. ^ Furcron. "Dolomites and Magnesian Limestones in Georgia" (PDF). State of Georgia, EPD.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Magnesium Resources of the United States A Geologic Summary and Annotated Bibliography to 1953" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Johnny Vardeman: North Georgia's mining boom lasted after the 1820s rush". www.gainesvilletimes.com. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  17. ^ a b McCallie (1910). A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE MINERAL RESOURCES OF GEORGIA.
  18. ^ "Bulletin - Geological Survey". 1909.
  19. ^ "USEFUL MINERALS OF THE UNITED STATES**-" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  21. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  22. ^ "City of Flowery Branch » Falcons Campus". Archived from the original on 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  23. ^ "King's Hawaiian Bakery". Pattillo Construction Corporation. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  24. ^ "Mars, Inc. Announces Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Expansion In Georgia Will Create 175 Jobs". www.vendingmarketwatch.com. Retrieved 2021-05-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ a b "Filming Location Matching "Flowery Branch, Georgia" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  26. ^ a b "These movies, TV series filmed in Hall County". www.gainesvilletimes.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  27. ^ "Deshaun Watson has special connection to Falcons, Matt Ryan". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  28. ^ "North Georgia city to rename street named after 'Jim Crow'". WSB-TV Channel 2 - Atlanta. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 2021-05-16.

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