A scenic 45-mile drive east of Atlanta nestled in Georgia’s delightful Piedmont region, Walton County consists of 329 square miles of rolling green hills. Originally Cherokee and Creek land, the county was founded in 1918 and named after George Walton, who had the distinction of signing his name to the Declaration of Independence.
Walton County homes have raised seven Georgia governors in its tenure, but is perhaps best known for Moina B. Michael, or “the Poppy Lady.” Michael created the memorial emblem of war veterans, the Flanders Field Poppy.
The town of Monroe (named for 5th president James Monroe) holds the county seat for Walton County. Several historic sites are in the center of Monroe’s Historic District, including the Davis Edward’s house, which features period furnishings in the Greek Revival style, and the McDaniel-Tichenor House, which is the home of a former Georgia governor. The 120-member strong Historical Society of Walton County works to ensure a community-wide appreciation for the value of historic buildings and neighborhoods.
The county isn’t just a haven for history buffs. Walton County is also the antiques capital of Georgia and the home of the largest antique mall in the region – all the better for new owners Walton County homes to find furnishings!
The county also oversees several annual athletic events including a golf tournament, a 5k and half marathon run and the Walton Derby, a Kentucky Derby style party with virtual horse racing, live music, and barbeque.
The Walton County school district serves nearly 14,000 children from pre-K through 12th grade. There are 15 public schools, all of which exceed the state’s graduation rate. WCSD offers Advanced Placement classes and college dual enrollment, which round out its demanding curriculum. For the past two years, the school has engaged in a groundbreaking program called e-SMART (Engaging Students through Mobile Access to Resources and Teaching), which ensures each student has access to a technology device.
Alternatives to the public school system include George Walton Academy, a college-prep school with “Judeo-Christian values,” Covenant Christian academy, and Loganville Christian Academy. Athens Technical College is also located in the county.
The Walton County real estate market is full of gems. Many Walton County homes are for sale right now. Call your local Coldwell Banker agent to find out how we can support you in finding your next dream home. Our many years of experience will allow you to have a smooth and easy transition as you go through the home-buying process.