Coming from the culture of the Western United States, one of the first things I noticed when I moved to Atlanta, Georgia was the close ties to everything English. I expected “Southern” of course, but I didn’t expect ties to the hedgerows across the pond. But then I realized that Georgia is not only a southern state, it is also an “Eastern” state. It borders the Atlantic Ocean and you can’t get much farther east than that.
The mission provides housing for the young missionaries in and around Atlanta so I hear the names of many apartment buildings when my husband pays the monthly rents. Here are some of the names I hear. Gables, Fairfield, Prestwich, St. Andrews, Lexington, Windsor, Regency, Princeton, Pegasus, Canterbury, Griffin, Cambridge, Preston, Brighton, and Balmoral. Sound like we’re in the English countryside? And the street names in the subdivisions and apartment complexes often reflect the same themes.
So, yes there is the English influence in the Atlanta area. But there are also apartment complexes and streets which reflect the botany of the area such as Dogwood Trail, Sweetgum, Peachtree, Live Oak. Then there are many streets named after individuals such as Joel Cowan Parkway, Mary Strickland Drive and Floyd Farr Way. Did they contribute to the right commissioner? There are also a few streets which show the influence of local Native American tribes (Senoia – the name of a chief’s mother.)
My personal favorites however, reflect the redneck feel of the south with street names like Five Bucks Drive, Hip Pocket Road, Buckhead Lane and Shake Rag Road. They make me smile. And last Sunday when we were driving on country roads i saw my all-time personal favorite. “Hog Liver Road.” Who wants to live on Hog Liver Road? Me, me, me!