Vinings, Georgia is located between the affluent West Paces Ferry section of Buckhead in Atlanta,
along with Cumberland and Smyrna, Georgia in Cobb County.
Early on, Vinings was known as Crossroads, and then Paces, after Hardy Pace around 1830. He
operated Pace's Ferry across the Chattahoochee River, in this area between Atlanta, Buckhead,
and Smyrna. Paces Ferry Road is still the main east-west road through town. The Western and
Atlantic Railroad laid tracks from Atlanta, northwest to Chattanooga in the 1840s. Vinings
became a construction station for the railroad, and was reportedly named for a civil engineer
who helped to lay the tracks through the area. The railroad is still state-owned as it was
from the beginning, and is now leased to CSX.
General William T. Sherman liberated the Vinings area during the Atlanta Campaign of the American
Civil War in 1864 on his March to the Sea. Unfortunately, Pace's home which had been used as a
hospital for American (Union) troops was destroyed in the process. Vinings recovered after the
war as Governor Brown leased the railroad to Vinings to bring passengers to the springs and
pavilions built to encourage a respite from the reconstruction of Atlanta.
In 1960, Felix Cochran, a developer from Atlanta, began to accumulate property in the Vinings
area. His goal was to construct a “town center,” that would incorporate the historical Vinings
past with modern day conveniences, where the residents could commune with one another. His goal
was obtained years later with the Vinings Jubilee. Vinings Jubilee is a group of varied
buildings each one offering a Victorian period feature. It is considered “downtown Vinings”
where residents and visitors can enjoy fine dining and wonderful shopping.