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20 September 2018

The History of Ball Ground’s Close-Knit Community

Written by Karen Jordan

Ball Ground has always been a thriving, close-knit community throughout its 135 years of existence. That’s because Ball Ground has always been comprised of hardworking people who care about where they live, work, and play. Local people started businesses, which provided jobs for those who didn’t have transportation to drive anywhere else.

Being just down the road from Tate, GA, the Roberts Marble Company, the Consumers Monument Company, and the Ball Ground Monument Company provided many jobs for the locals. The Harris Lumber Company, Stancil Manufacturing, Ingram Trucking, Citizens Bank, and the Ingram Motor Company also provided many jobs, just to name a few. Only in small-town America could you walk to work, the grocery store, the post office, the bank, school, or anywhere else you needed to go.

If you have visited Ball Ground in recent years, you know things have changed. Not one of the previously mentioned businesses exists today, but Ball Ground is still the place to be, and it is rich in history.

Looking back through the minute books of council meetings from days past, Ball Ground has been blessed with men and women who cared enough to take time out of their busy lives to meet once a month to discuss the business of the town. Today, the council meets to make decisions that are in the best interest of Ball Ground residents on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.

Like the foundation of a home, the foundation of Ball Ground requires constant maintenance to keep it strong and functioning. Mayor Rick Roberts, along with Council Members John Byrd, Frank Homiller, Mickey O’Malley, Lee Prettyman, and Andrenia Stoner, continue to build on the foundation started by their forefathers in 1883. Together, they have a total of 115 years of experience, which is a commendable amount of time and dedication to Ball Ground.

During Ball Ground’s 135th Anniversary Celebration on September 29, the Ball Ground Historical Society, along with Mayor Rick Roberts and the City Council, highlighted these bygone businesses in a display of photos and relics at the Community Center. Many residents enjoyed the stroll down memory lane.

About the Author

Karen Jordan

Karen Jordan

Karen Jordan is the city clerk for Ball Ground. 215 Valley Street, Ball Ground. 770-735-2123. CityOfBallGround.com