Historic College Park is Georgia's fourth largest urban Historic District. There are 606 acres and 853 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. This totally planned community was originally established in 1890 as the city of Manchester. When Cox College moved to Manchester from LaGrange, Georgia in 1895, the town was renamed College Park. For many years College Park provided an academic community for Cox College and Southern Military Institute. Cox College closed in 1923, but Southern Military Institute, which was later known as Georgia Military Academy and now as Woodward Academy, remains to this day. Woodward Academy is the largest private preparatory school in the contiguous 48 states, and boasts graduates that include corporate CEO's and United States Congressmen.
Historic College Park is a beautiful place with many fine homes of varying architecture, and some of the best city services anywhere. The face of the local population is changing and the City of College Park is changing with us to provide the best services possible.
The enormous variety of architectural styles dating from 1880-1946 make the district a virtual museum of architectural history. There are sixteen prevalent styles in the area that include Queen Anne Revival, Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Greek Revival, and English Tudor. Many of these beautiful homes have been lovingly restored. Linear parks done in the Frederick Law Olmstead tradition are prevalent and 43 miles of sidewalks link residential areas with shops and government offices. Neighborhood Revitalization is a top priority for our community. The city has hired a firm to study our downtown and make recommendations for revitalization. An architectural firm and citizen groups are also meeting regularly to better serve the area's newer structures like the 30 area hotels, the convention center which hosts 650,000 visitors a year as well as the numerous businesses in the airport area.
The residents are primarily professionals from sectors of the economy such as law, medicine, the arts, academia, the airlines, and high technology. Younger professionals are moving in to share this beautiful neighborhood with families who have lived here for many years. This eclectic mix presents new challenges, and our city is responding well.
Historic College Park also boasts many neighborhood amenities. There are well maintained parks with tennis courts and picnic areas, a pool, running track, library and a nine hole public golf course. Sidewalks provide easy access to most areas of the community. Some Information provided by