Buford

Top schools and lake access are enticing

Buford, a city in both Hall and Gwinnett Counties, was founded in 1872 after a railroad was built in the area connecting Atlanta, GA with Charlotte, NC. The city's leather industry, led by the Bona Allen Company, caused the area to boom in the early 1900s. The renovated historic tannery as well as other restored buildings still line the downtown streets along with picturesque historic homes. 

In addition to boasting small town charm, Buford operates its own school district, which has topped statewide "best of" lists year after year. Residents living within the city limits attend Buford City Schools while those living outside of the city limits attend highly-rated Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Buford is also home of the Mall of Georgia, the largest mall in the state, and the city boasts a thriving Community Center and local museums. Lake Lanier is within close proximity, and Lanier Islands provides many recreational activities nearby.

Did You Know?

The Bona Allen Tannery in Buford was renowned for its saddles. In fact, Roy Rogers, American singer and actor known as the "King of the Cowboys," and his horse, Trigger, rode east on a private train for Trigger to be fitted for one of Bona Allen's saddles. Today a statue stands across from the tannery depicting Trigger, Rogers, and the saddle craftsman, John Johnson.


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Updated: 18th August, 2019 3:08 PM.