AAA Editor Notes
Buckhead is concentrated along Peachtree Rd. about 4 mi. n. of downtown. Atlanta's Uptown district is a 28-square-mile area forming a “V” between I-85 and I-75, bounded by DeKalb County on the east, the Atlanta city limits on the north, Cobb County on the west, and Peachtree Creek, I-75 and I-85 on the south.
First occupied by Cherokee and Creek Native Americans, the area was used for farming and hunting and eventually became the home of a popular tavern and general store near the intersection of present-day Peachtree Street and Paces Ferry Road. The name Buckhead was adopted in 1838 after the head of a large buck was mounted on a post near the tavern.
A nearby vacation spot for wealthy Atlantans by the late 1800s, Buckhead was annexed to the city in 1952. One of its chief attractions for both residents and visitors is shopping; Lenox Square is one of the Southeast's premier malls. Buckhead's mixed-use development—upscale office buildings, luxurious hotels, posh nightclubs and an eclectic variety of restaurants—has grown to the point that is boasts its own skyline.
Explore the area's past at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., N.W. Here you can stroll 33 acres of carefully tended gardens, walk scenic trails and view exhibits about city history, the Civil War, sports and Southern folk arts.