Dawsonville is a city in Dawson County, in the Atlanta metro area.
The community was named after Sen. William C. Dawson.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 632.
The modern Dawsonville begins at the junction of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, where the North Georgia Premium Outlets and adjacent retail shopping, dining, theater and entertainment beckon.
Just a few miles west on Highway 53, historic Dawsonville hearkens back to its founding in the mid 1800s, a time when the region was a quaint mountain farming community. Today a historic town square, courthouse, jail and other original period architecture stands as a reminder of a bygone era.
Somewhere between the old and new are experiences and opportunities as diverse as the visitors, residents and businesses that call this mountain valley home. Dawson County and Dawsonville is steeped in Appalachian culture and tradition, including a rich history of gold mining, moonshine running, backwoods racing and motorsports glory. High country trails and crystalline trout streams are within minutes of the downtown square, yet the community?s easy access to metro Atlanta and other business and population centers make it one of the fastest growing communities per capita in the nation.
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