Looking for Peachtree in Atlanta?

A look at the most popular street name in Atlanta

Within the city limits of Atlanta, Georgia, there are many streets with Peachtree in the name. It seems the name may have come from Peachtree Creek which flows southwesterly through DeKalb and Fulton counties before joining the Chattahoochee River just south of Vinings.

In the “Battle of Peachtree Creek”, in 1864, Commander John Bell Hood and his Confederate troops failed to stop the Union army from crossing the creek. Back in the War of 1812 the Georgia settlers were battling the Muscogee[1] and built a series of forts including Fort Peachtree.

The creek was named for the Cherokee village of Pakanahuili. The name is usually translated as “standing peach tree”, even though there were no peach tree stands around. Some believe the translation should have been “standing pitch tree.”

Pitch is a viscoelastic polymer that can be natural or manufactured, derived from petroleum, Coal Tar, or plants. Pine trees have this pitch, or resin” and are sometimes known as pitch trees or pitch pines. The peach tree theory is better and much more delicious.

There is Peachtree City, just south of Atlanta in Fayette County, where over 10,000 households in the city own golf carts, and most areas of the city can be reached via more than 90 miles of golf cart paths. In 1957, Flat Creek was dammed to create Lake Peachtree. To the northeast of Atlanta, you’ll find Peachtree Corners, a city in Gwinnett County.

Some Peachtree
Named Roads
  • Peachtree Street
  • Peachtree Road
  • Peachtree Creek Road
  • Peachtree Center Avenue
  • Peachtree Lane
  • Peachtree Avenue
  • Peachtree Circle
  • Peachtree Drive
  • Peachtree Plaza
  • Peachtree Way
  • Peachtree Memorial Drive
  • New Peachtree Road
  • Peachtree Walk
  • Peachtree Park Drive
  • Peachtree Parkway
  • Peachtree Valley Road
  • Peachtree Battle Avenue 
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road 
  • Old Peachtree Road 
  • Peachtree Industrial Blvd
  • West Peachtree Street
  • Peachtree-Dunwoody Road
Peachtree Street
Beginning at Five Points in downtown Atlanta, Peachtree Street runs north through Midtown; a few blocks after entering Buckhead, the name changes to Peachtree Road at Deering Road. In Downtown Atlanta, you'll pass Peachtree Tower, Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, and SunTrust Plaza. In Midtown, Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta's tallest building is found as well as the "Fabulous" Fox Theatre, a grand movie palace completed in 1929. You'll also find the Woodruff Arts Center, including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony, and Alliance Theatre Company. Peaches Records and Tapes was at 2282 Peachtree Road in the 1970s and early 1980s. I frequented the store a lot which had a huge selection and invited rock musicians to imprint their handprints in cement on the sidewalk around the store.

The Peachtree Road Race was started in 1970 by the Atlanta Track Club and is a 10-kilometer run held annually in Atlanta on Independence Day. Children can participate in the Peachtree Junior 3K, 1/2K, or 50m Dash, held in May. LongHorn Steaks Restaurant & Saloon’s first location was on Peachtree Street and opened in 1981. I loved that location and frequented it until it closed.

Across from the steak-place was a pub named Harrison’s on Peachtree. Harrison’s was the favorite hangout of Atlanta Journal and Constitution columnist Ron Hudspeth and Lewis Grizzard. Hudspeth regularly featured quotes from “Pete the barkeep” at Harrison’s. They had a very limited bar menu. So, regulars ventured over to the LongHorn for a steak after a night of drinking.

Peachtree Accounting was originally sold by a software publisher founded in Atlanta in 1978 by Ben Dyer, Ron Roberts, Steve Mann, and John Hayes. It was the first successful business software made for the microcomputer. The company’s products were included in the initial launch of the IBM Personal Computer, and it was acquired by Management Science America (MSA) (where I worked for 17 years) in June 1981.

You’ll find some of the most popular shopping malls in the Atlanta area at the corner of Peachtree Street and Lenox Road. Lenox Square was the work of Ed Noble, a former developer from Kansas City, Missouri, whose company J. Noble Properties, acquired the site in 1956. The public opening ceremony for Lenox Square was held on August 3, 1959. It was a great place to go to their theaters, food court, Picadilly Cafeteria (where I’ve eaten hundreds of lunches), and they had a great hobby store when I was a kid.

Across the way, In 1969, Phipps Plaza opened as the first multi-level mall in Atlanta, aiming to become the South’s leading shopping destination. It was a higher-end mall with stores like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Parisian. The theater was nicer also and I frequented it often. I saw the premiere of “Jaws” there on June 20, 1975.

Peachtree Woodworking Supply Inc. is a small woodworking supply company based in Peachtree Corners. Peachtree Appliance Repair has been fixing washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, and garbage disposals out of Gainsville, Georgia since 1998.

Peachtree Pest Control Co. Inc. was founded on April 1, 1976, and handles pests, wildlife, gutter cleaning, and even insulation services. WPCH-TV (channel 17), branded on-air as Peachtree TV, is an independent television station in Atlanta, Georgia.

I could go on and on and on. There seems to be an endless supply of “Peachtree” named roads and businesses around Atlanta.



Footnotes
  1. The Muscogee are a group of related indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands in the United States of America. Their original homelands are in what now comprises southern Tennessee, much of Alabama, western Georgia, and parts of northern Florida.

Sources

Wikipedia
GPB
Atlanta History Center



Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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