Alpharetta & Old Milton County Historical Society
  • 1857   Milton County was created. 

  • 1858   Alpharetta is incorporated as the Milton County seat.

  • 1863-1865   Alpharetta suffers smallpox epidemic.

  • 1871   Alpharetta Male and Female Academy opens.

  • 1870s   Milton County builds its second courthouse on the same site as the current city hall.

  • 1907   The Webb Building is built on the site of the old Harris Hotel, where the current downtown city park is now located. 

  • 1921   The last day of school in the Alpharetta Male and Female Academy is Dec. 21.

  • 1922   The new Milton County School opens on January 2 with grades one through eleven.

  • 1930   Alpharetta installs its first central water system.

  • 1932   Milton County, nearly bankrupt,  merges with Fulton County on January 1.

  • 1934-1935  The Log Cabin is built on the old Milton High School campus by the students belonging to the Future Farmers of America organization. 

  • 1940s  The  primary means of support for Alpharetta residents become poultry, livestock, and truck farming. The opening of Lockheed and the General Motors Assembly plant in Doraville creates jobs.

  • 1948   The Alpha Theatre opens on Milton Avenue. The movie house closed around 1960 as television and drive-in theater became more popular.

  • 1959   The Bailey Johnson School for African American students opens on Kimball Bridge Road.

  • 1955   The old county courthouse is demolished.

  • 1957   A new municipal building containing city hall opens on the former courthouse site.

  • 1974   The initial section of Georgia 400 north of I-285 was officially dedicated on May 24.  

  • 1980s  Mobil Land Development Company begins construction in Windward, an exclusive planned subdivision and office park on 3,400 acres of former farmland on the eastern side of Georgia 400.

  • 1993    North Point Mall opens with anchors Rich's, Lord and Taylor, Mervyn's, JC Penney and Sears.

  • 2005   The old Milton High School closes after 84 years. Students are relocated to a new campus, also called Milton High School on Birmingham Highway in what is now the City of Milton.
AHS Location
Mansell House and Gardens
1835 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009
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AHS Hours
Mon 11:00 - 2:00
Wed and Fri 10:00 - 2:00
or by appointment.
To schedule an appointment, call 770-475-4663 or use the contact form
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