Social Circle Historic Heartland

Founded in 1832, Social Circle is a name remembered by most because it came about because the town was so friendly.
  • Well in downtown Social Circle

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  • Wylly Folk St John Home

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  • Gunter Hall

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  • City Hall

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  • The Anchorage

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  • Heritage Museum & Welcome Center

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  • Coaling Station

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  • Blue Willow Restaurant

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Social Circle is a historic community in Walton County located some 40 miles east of Atlanta in the Historic Heartland section of Georgia. Established in 1818, Walton County is named for George Walton, one of the original signers of America's Declaration of Independence.

In the early 1800s, the settlement that would become Social Circle was located at the junction of two old Creek Indian paths, today known as Cherokee Road (formerly Rogue Road, now known as Georgia Highway 11) and Hightower Trail.

Cherokee Road and Hightower Trail were originally used by the Creek Indians for transporting furs east and south to Augusta. As the area became more inhabited, log dwellings began to appear along the crossroads.

A legend has been passed down about a group of men, meeting at the crossroads, who were sitting around the well having their usual drink. A stranger approached and was greeted with such warm hospitality, he said, "This is surely a social circle."

From that time until the present, the name of the village has remained Social Circle. A replica of the original well now stands in the center of Social Circle and is more than just an eye-catcher for passing tourists. It's a symbol of the city's beginnings and characterizes the spirit of the people of Social Circle and their friendship with others.

Historic Social Circle is home to the renowned Blue Willow Inn Restaurant, considered the finest example of Southern Traditional cooking in the South.

Social Circle boasts an entire historic district between Georgia 11 and Georgia 229, which was added to the Federal Register in 1980. Not on the register but worth noting in Social Circle is the Nebhut-Akridge-Gunter House (ca. 1840-55), also known as Gunter Hall, which serves as the headquarters of the Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle. Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia

There is always something interesting happening in Social Circle...we have live theater performances, holiday celebrations, festivals, lectures, wellness walks through our historic district, car name a few.  Find out what is going on in Social Circle at our Better Hometown web site:

Visitor Information Center

129 E Hightower Trl
Social Circle, GA 30025

Visit Website

Phone: 770-464-1866

Social Circle Trip Ideas & Inspiration

The dining information on this page is supplied by the Georgia Restaurant Association.