A Touch Of Country in The City

Cliftondale is a Community in Unincorporated South Fulton County. You can get to it off Camp Creek Parkway, South Fulton Parkway or Highway 92. It’s the perfect fit for the 1974, Atlanta Rhythm Section song “Doraville”; as the song says, “A Touch Of Country In The City.” College Park, East Point, Atlanta, Union City, Fairburn, the city of Chattahoochee Hills surround Cliftondale and Camp Creek Market Place is just down Camp Creek Parkway.


There are several stories relating to how Cliftondale received its name. I’m not going into any of them. I will point out that the Cliftondale Community was called Tell prior to the Cliftondale name. Even now the name Tell is used by several of the news organizations when following severe weather.


Downtown Cliftondale is at the crossroads of Butner Road and Stonewall Tell Road. Just around the curve on Butner Road is the Cliftondale Park. The main building is the original elementary school. Named Central Elementary, it was later changed to Cliftondale Elementary. At Central there was no indoor facilities, just two outhouses. Presently, the old school building is used as the South Fulton County Arts Center. Also in the park is the Cliftondale Community Clubhouse. It was built by the local residents of the community and donated to Fulton County with the stipulation that it will always be available for community functions.


If you leave Downtown Cliftondale, go by the park and continue on Butner Road, you will come to Deep Creek. It was at this location the Creek Indians had their Village. Many of the young boys and girls would search the area for arrowheads and other Indian artifacts.


In the early years, and even now, the backbone of the community was its many churches. One such church, Enon First Baptist, on Stonewall Tell Road is over 179 years old and is one of the oldest churches (congregation established in 1833) in Georgia. The church cemetery, across the street, has slaves buried there and the original church structure had a balcony so slaves could attend.


Family has always been important in the history of Cliftondale. All you have to do is read the street signs. The Demooney family lived on Demooney Road, the Derricks lived on Derrick Road, the Thames were on Thames Road, the Merck’s on Merck Road, the Pittman’s lived on Pittman Road and on Aldridge Road were the Aldridge family. Let’s not forget the Scarborough’s over on Scarborough Road.


Cliftondale is a rural area with no big box stores or shopping malls. They have two grocery stores. One is a Publix and the other is Young’s, a locally owned and run store. In all of Cliftondale there is currently not one traffic light and traffic is only slightly an inconvenience. There are no divided roadways, or multi-lane roads any where in the community. The local Community Club,  (www.cliftondale.org) established in 1952, has worked with Fulton County and developers to create quality homes with green space and family friendly amenities. There are a number of horse farms and you will pass horses and riders at any time of the day. Cliftondale even has a yearly rodeo.


During the 1996 Olympics, Cliftondale was the location of shooting events. The venue was on Merck Road where the Wolf Creek Amphitheater and Fulton County Public Safety Training Center now is located. It was at this site the United States won it’s first Gold Metal of the 1996 Olympics.


Cliftondale is unique; it really is “A Touch Of Country In The City.”


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