|Paces Ferry Road, via Google Maps|
Variants include East Paces Ferry Road, West Paces Ferry Road, and New Paces Ferry Road.
Name OriginsPaces Ferry Road is named for Pace's Ferry, a ferry service operated by early Atlanta pioneer Hardy Pace (1785-1864). Born in North Carolina, Pace moved to north Georgia as a young man, and by the early 1830s he was operating a flat-boat ferry service across the Chattahoochee River, near Vinings. The road connecting Pace's ferry to Buckhead became known as Paces Ferry Road, and was based on the earlier route traced by the Creeks' Peachtree Trail. From Pace's ferry, the old trail continued east to a fork in Buckhead, where one branch went northeast to Toccoa, and the other veered south towards downtown Atlanta. This latter branch became known as Peachtree Road (and Peachtree Street). Atlantans looking to travel north to Chattanooga or beyond frequently traveled Paces Ferry Road by way of Peachtree Road and Buckhead.
|Indian villages and trails in Fulton County, 1878|
(Credit: Atlanta and Environs, via Wikimedia Commons)
|Union soldiers crossing a river on pontoon boats|
(Credit: Photographic History of the Civil War, via The Internet Archive)
|Hermi's Bridge in 2007|
(Credit: Stephen H. Moore, via Buckhead Heritage Society)
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Tuxedo Park Civic Association. "Neighborhood History."
Williford, William B. (2010). Peachtree Street, Atlanta. University of Georgia Press (pp. 1-4).