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The Norcross Welcome Center is a place for locals and tourists to discover Norcross's rich history as well as its modern attractions. Visitors to the Welcome Center will find photographs and newspapers of a time long ago, and discover our Historic Downtown area with its charming stores, appetizing restaurants, and beautiful parks. Stop by soon to learn more about the people and places of old Norcross or to pick up information on where to eat, shop, and play in historic Norcross, a place to imagine.
A passage on Norcross History
By Sally Toole, local author of Remembering Norcross: Nuggets of Nostalgia.
"A train whistle blows distant from the south. Soft at first listen, then it crescendos to a dish-rattling rumble assuring denizens that all is as it should be, as it has been, in Norcross, Georgia, for more than one hundred years. Since the late 1800's, children have scrambled alongside the tracks anxious to catch a glimpse of strong black engines powering past homes, churches and businesses.
Four settlements, Pinckneyville, Flint Hill, Beaver Ruin, and Mechanicsville, fed into the new town of Norcross, established by Jonathan Thrasher, a railroad man, who named the new town for his good friend, Jonathan Norcross, a business associate and the fourth mayor of Atlanta. Just twenty miles north of Atlanta, the City of Norcross, incorporated on October 26, 1870, was a popular business center attracting farmers to the mills as well as a resort town to which Atlanta's elite escaped the dust of the big city."
JUST A NOTE... for those who may be wondering.....the book "Norcross" in the Images of America Series is available at the Welcome Center now! This book was written by Edie Riehm, Gene Ramsay and Cate Kitchen and sells for $23.50 (which includes sales tax). Check or cash only!If you are interested in volunteering at the Welcome Center, please call Cate at 678-421-2049.
AT THE WELCOME CENTER
"Inspired Visions" Rediscovering Women's Apparel from 1860-1950
Although the actual clothing from this exhibit is no longer in Norcross, the part of the exhibit that was specific to us and illustrates each period of fashion with historic photographs of women of Norcross continues to be on exhibit in the Welcome Center at 189 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross 30071. Our photographs of the garments that were in the original exhibit are also available to view. If you didn't get the opportunity to see this interesting exhibit, please come by the Welcome Center and see it now.
AT THE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Movie Mondays (on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month)
We're continuing to offer FREE movies at the Cultural Arts & Community Center at 10 College Street on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. The movies begin at 1:30 pm but the doors will be open at 1 pm for you to find a good seat and get your refreshments. See you there!
Our upcoming movies for June are:
Monday, June 10 - "Some Like it Hot"
A hilarious farce released in 1959, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, directed by Billy Wilder. When two male musicians witness a mob hit and go undercover as female band members to escape notice, it makes for quite the comedy. We're sure you will enjoy it.
Monday, June 24 - "Meet Me in St. Louis"
A 1945 romantic musical directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien and Mary Astor. A family of girls make a reluctant movie to New York in 1904 the year of the World's Fair. The song "The Trolley Song" is well-remembered from the film (clang, clang, clang went the trolley; ding, ding, ding went the bell; zing, zing, zing went my heart strings). It is a delightful film and we hope you come see it with us.
To learn more or view displays and exhibits, visit the Welcome Center located at Mitchell Road and Lawrenceville Street:
Welcome Center/Downtown Manager
Hours of Operation for the Welcome Center and the Fire Museum are 8:00 am.- 5:00pm. Monday through Friday If you are interested in
donating artifacts, volunteering, or setting up an exhibit, please contact Welcome Center and Downtown Manager, Cate Kitchen.