Initially populated by Native Americans, Rockdale County, established as Georgia's 135th county in 1870, once supplied a main passageway to a settler's trading post in Augusta. The county attained its moniker from Rockdale Church, so named for rock-mostly granite formations-that run through the area. Within the county's borders, it is rumored that the boundary line between the Creek and Cherokee nations formerly existed along a strip of land now known as Hightower Trail.
A family-friendly community located 24 miles due east of Atlanta via I-20, Rockdale is the second smallest county in Georgia, measuring approximately 132 square miles. But it is often said that good things come in small packages. Residents and visitors alike are enticed to the area to partake in activities at: The Monastery of the Holy Spirit, run by Trappist Monks; the Panola Mountain State Conservation Park; pre-Civil war dating Smyrna Campground; Black Shoals Reservoir; the Arnold Palmer designed Cherokee Run golf course; and the Georgia International Horse Park, which was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Equestrian events.
Business booms in Rockdale County, primarily in the field of manufacturing. John Deere, AT&T and more than 90 other manufacturers-as well as in excess of three-dozen Fortune 500 companies are located within this vibrant suburban area. While the average new home price in Rockdale County costs just under $130,000, many homes within one of the lake communities are available for less than $400,000.
Rockdale County Neighborhoods
The City of Conyers serves as Rockdale's county seat and attained its name from a landowner named Dr. Conyers, who permitted the Georgia Railroad a transportation right-of-way during the mid-1800s.
Incorporated in 1854, Conyers presently boasts a population of approximately 7,500 citizens. The area's main historic site, the train depot located in downtown Conyers is maintained by the Rockdale Historical society as a special event and meeting facility. Revitalization of the area has turned the surrounding district into a burgeoning streetscape with a pavilion and botanical garden.
Located on the Yellow River, historic Milstead Village is home to Rockdale's annual spring festival and boasts an assortment of once economically significant, refurbished mill houses. Long before downtown Conyers was developed, Milstead's paved streets and sidewalks were bustling with activity. In lieu of commonplace row houses, bungalow home construction and property layout set the community standard.
Frank Milstead, proprietor of the cotton mill, Milstead Manufacturing, which eventually became Callaway Mills, founded the area. The once burgeoning business, established in 1902, provided liberal rewards for its many employees-including numerous upscale country club amenities such as a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a bowling alley. In addition, the mill sponsored a semiprofessional touring baseball team.
Ceasing operations in 1961, numerous Callaway Mills employees stayed in the area and acquired work at among other companies Lithonia Lighting.
Median household income
Median age of residents
Chamber of Commerce
Rockdale County Chamber of Commerce
The property tax rate per $1,000 is: $34.81 in Rockdale; $42.41 in the City of Conyers.
Tax Commissioner: 770-929-4152
Rockdale County Schools Board of Education
Elementary Schools 11
Middle Schools 3
High Schools 3
Per-pupil expenditures $5,749.92
School & bus information 770-860-4250
Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.
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Utilities and Contacts
Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890
Snapping Shoals 770-786-3484
Walton EMC 770-972-2917
Austell Gas System: 770-948-1841
Marietta Power: 770-794-5150
Bell South Telephone & Telegraph 404-780-2355
AT&T Broadband Services 770-559-2222
Rockdale County Water Department 770-918-6512
AT&T Broadband 770-559-2000
Rockdale Hospital 770-918-3000
Chamber of Commerce
Rockdale County Schools
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