From its early beginnings as a railroad settlement along the Chattahoochee River, the small neighborhood of Vinings has gone on to become one of the Atlanta metro’s most coveted neighborhoods—a delightful blend of modern-day convenience, historic significance and small-town flavor.
Vinings’ beginnings go back to around 1830 as the site of Pace’s Ferry (operated by Hardy Pace) across the Chattahoochee. When the Western and Atlantic Railroad came through around 1840, the settlement was renamed Vinings after William H. Vining, the man responsible for building Vinings Bridge for the railroad. Near the end of the Civil War, Sherman’s troops made camp here, using Hardy Pace’s home as a makeshift hospital for Union troops, then burning it down when they left. The Pace House was eventually rebuilt on its original site from remnants left after Sherman’s march, where it stands today as one of the community’s most notable historical markers. Other historic buildings dot the landscape today, and are maintained by the Vinings Historic Preservation Society.
Vinings is an unincorporated area just across the river from Atlanta proper, claiming a population of just under 10,000 people. Vinings is one of the metro’s most affluent neighborhoods, with a per-capita income of just over $51,000 and median home values at around $560,000. Home appreciation rates in this area are also quite good, averaging an increase in value of about 4% per year.
Vinings is part of the Cobb County School District, a highly ranked public school system testing above the state average. Many children in Vinings attend schools in nearby Smyrna.
Aside from its historical significance, Vinings has become popular as a shopping/dining destination. In the heart of the village is Vinings Jubilee, featuring a delightful assortment of boutique shops and restaurants. On the north end of town just off Interstates-75 and 285, the Cumberland Mall offers over 1 million square feet of retail space, with plenty of other shops and restaurants nearby.