Vinings—Where luxury and history meet as one.
In 1836 Hardy Pace, a local ferry runner and entrepreneur, heard that a new rail system would cross through the area we now call Vinings. Over time he acquired thousands of acres from Buckhead to Smyrna and moved his family there. He then proceeded to build and operate a local tavern, ferry, gristmill, and farm.
Just prior to the Union Army’s invasion of Atlanta General William Sherman commandeered the Pace property and remained there for eleven days. It was from the top of Vinings Mountain that he first viewed the city and began his plans for the Battle of Atlanta. Before moving on to Atlanta and continuing his March to the Sea campaign Sherman burned the Pace home to the ground. Hardy Pace died a short time after and was buried in a family cemetery atop Vinings Mountain which is now known as Mount Wilkinson.
In the 1840s, prior to the Civil War, the Western & Atlantic Railroad sent an assistant engineer named William H. Vining to Crossroads to survey and construct the new rail system and new open-air pavilions. One of the new pavilions was constructed in Crossroads and became known as Vining’s Station. In the late 1800s Crossroads became a rural weekend destination spot for young affluent Atlantans. In 1904 the area became officially known as Vinings.
Soon after the Civil War Rufus Mathewson Rose constructed and operated the R.M. Rose & Company distillery on Stillhouse Road. In 1907 prohibition came to Georgia and the distillery was moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where it was eventually sold to Joseph E. Seagram & Sons.
Felix Cochran acquired land in Vinings in the late 1960s and developed the Vinings Jubilee Village Center in 1986. The center offered a small selection of restaurants, upscale shops, and service centers in the style of an old village. Since the construction of Vinings Jubilee other buildings in the same style have been added to Vinings, and through the efforts of an active community of individuals, residents, and organizations Cochran’s high standards are still in keeping with the area.
Vinings is a community that offers something for everyone—family friendly ambiance, activities for singles, and opportunities for business. Located just inside the perimeter and north of Buckhead in Cobb County, Vinings is just a short commute to all that is Atlanta.
One of the best things about Vinings is its close proximity to the Chattahoochee River. Hiking trails, fishing, and picnicking can be had by all while enjoying the picturesque views of this close-to-the-city location. Access to the Silver Comet Trail, a trail that connects Georgia to Tennessee and Alabama via a former rail location, is also another good reason to visit the area. This extremely popular and close by outdoor venue provides walkers, rollerbladers, bikers, and joggers with a scenic location and a connection to Heritage Park.
If it is history that you are interested in then you may want to join the Vinings Historic Preservation Society or enjoy one of many tours offered in the area. Also, the Historic Pace House and Pavilion can be reserved for special events.
Fans of culture and music will find that Vinings has one of the city’s best venues, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This venue is home to concerts of all types, Broadway shows, and dance performances. This sophisticated venue is perfect for a night of local fun and enjoyment.
You are also only a short distance to the Atlanta Polo Club and the Paces Bend Gallery where are art, sophistication, and sports all come together in this beautiful location.
Restaurants and Shopping
If you are looking for traditional southern, exotic ethnic or contemporary American flavors then Vinings will not disappoint. This small community has a diverse dining scene of some of the best restaurants in the city and people come from miles away to enjoy the vast number of selections.
We suggest that you take the time to sample South City Kitchen on Cumberland Parkway for down home southern cooking; Jim ‘n Nicks BBQ on South Cobb Drive for their famous barbecue; McCray’s Tavern on West Village Place for beer, wings, and game day; Orient Express on Paces Ferry Road or Top Spice on Cobb Parkway for the best in Asian cuisine; Lime Taqueria on West Village Way or Noche Tequila and Tapas Bar on Paces Ferry Road for that south of border experience; Longhorn Steaks on Cobb Parkway for a great steak time after time; and Maggiano’s in Cumberland Mall on Cobb Parkway for authentic Italian dishes. No matter what you have in mind, the restaurants in Vinings can satisfy your taste buds.
Several great shopping centers and a long list of major retailers and boutiques of all types dot the Vinings area. Cumberland Mall on Cobb Parkway offers a selection of retailers such as H & M and Macy’s and the Cobb Galleria on Galleria Parkway offers a large selection of specialty shops. Vinings Jubilee in the heart of Vinings offers Sandpiper, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor Loft. A long list of independent shops and boutiques such as Limetree Vinings on Paces Ferry Road for a wide selection of gifts; Antiques of Vinings on Paces Ferry Road for around-the-world antiques; Labels Resale Boutique on Paces Ferry Place for high-end consignment; or American Mountain on Paces Ferry Road for outdoor apparel and gear will never disappoint.
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Local colleges and universities in the area are Agnes Scott College, Columbia theological Seminary, Emory University, and Georgia Perimeter College. Also located nearby is the Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
Vinings is conveniently located just south of I-285 and west of I-75 for quick access to any part of the city.