Stone Mountain Community Information

Stone Mountain

Abundant evergreen trees, a mountain of granite, pristine lakes, hiking trails, a rich history, endless attractions and events, good schools and affordable housing is what Stone Mountain offers its residents. This is a community that has resort-style living in close proximity to one of the largest cities in the South. Stone Mountain is a place of great natural beauty, opportunity and promise -- set on a foundation as solid as granite.

Local Economy

Most of the revenue from sales, receipts or shipments in DeKalb County is from the wholesale trade industry. DeKalb’s economy is mainly represented by companies in these industries: retail trade, waste management and remediation services, wholesale trade, manufacturing, professional and technical services and health care. However, Stone Mountain is a short commute from Atlanta which is home to many companies in a wider array of industries.

Local Attractions and Events

Stone Mountain Park is set on 3,200 acres and houses the 1,600-foot granite mountain, which is a source of many fun and exciting attractions, including a scenic railroad, sky lift, riverboat, antique car museum, laser show, waterslide, golf course and tennis center. Stone Mountain also hosts many annual events, including Springfest and Taste of the South, a home and garden festival, an arts and crafts festival, a chili cook-off, Japan Fest, Highland games, and Pow Wow and Indian Festival.

Brief History of Stone Mountain

In 1947, Georgia Legislature changed the name of the town at the foot of the world’s largest exposed granite rock from New Gibraltar to Stone Mountain. Lewis Larson, a Georgia State College professor, discovered soapstone bowls and dishes from inhabitants living near the mountain roughly 5,000 years ago. Around 1492, there were more than 100,000 people living in what is now Georgia. The dominant native tribes in the Stone Mountain area were the Creeks and the Cherokee. These native people farmed the land and traded with British, French and Spanish merchants. Meetings between the Creek chiefs and military officials, sent by George Washington, in 1790, took place at Stone Mountain.

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