Jonesboro, GA oozes Southern charm. Whether homebuyers want to purchase a plantation-style dwelling or more of a small-town cabin hideaway, they’ll find what they are looking for in this tiny oasis just 17 miles from Atlanta. Although many of the homes have an old-fashioned appeal, they are newer dwellings, built in the 1970s or later. Accompanying the properties is plenty of green space and wooded yards; buyers won’t be at a loss for shade to keep their property cool on warm summer days.
Founded in 1823 as "Leaksville," this tiny 2.6-square-mile city has played a surprisingly large role in U.S. history. Industrialization found its way via the Macon and Western Railroad, which was built in 1846. The town changed its name to "Jonesborough" to honor Samuel G. Jones, a railroad official and civil engineer who was essential in building the tracks between Macon and Atlanta, GA and other areas throughout the south. Civil War historians will attest to the importance Jonesborough played in ending the nation’s divisive battle. Union Major General William T. Sherman fought his way south through Georgia and defeated the confederate soldiers at the Battle of Jonesborough. After taking Jonesborough, Atlanta surrendered in September of 1864, and the Confederacy followed suit in 1865.
Although a small town, residents enjoy public transit throughout the area and into Atlanta via MARTA’s rapid transit system and the Xpress GA and Georgia RTA bus routes. It is quite easy to get around Jonesboro and into the major cities using public transportation. Hollywood has taken note of this Georgian nook for decades. The original Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field was primarily filmed in Jonesboro in 1977. In 2006, football game scenes for the Matthew McConaughey film We Are Marshall were filmed at Tara Stadium, which is located on the fictional plantation, Tara, from Margaret Mitchell’s epic masterpiece Gone with the Wind. Jonesboro has even inspired rock and roll photography. The famous Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd shot the cover for its album (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) on the downtown corner of Mill and Main. This small town has inspired arts and innovation since its incorporation in 1859, and residents and visitors alike feel the wonderful combination of past and present when walking Jonesboro’s Historic District. Why not look through our homes-for-sale listing in Jonesboro. Where else can you live like a movie and rock star in the midst of Civil War history?