According to a survey taken a few years ago, Morrow residents wanted a “downtown” created in their area. The City of Morrow is granting their wish, while managing to tie in some Georgia history as well.
The Olde Towne Morrow concept originally started in 2006. By using homes built in the 1800s (and one from the 1900s), an old-town atmosphere was created containing modern day businesses. “All of the houses have a unique, neat history behind them,” says Jessica Kilby, Main Street Coordinator for the City of Morrow. For example, the Gordon House once belonged to former Georgia governor General John B. Gordon and was later bought by George Woodruff of Coca-Cola. “We researched the name and it has some Scottish history behind it, so it was convenient that the Irish pub (Maguire’s) will be housed there, “adds Kilby.
Expected to debut on Nov. 27 (Black Friday) are: Maguire’s, Incredible Southern Poundcakes, Designs by Dolores, Old Town Quilts, specialty Christmas shop Christi Trees, and the Tonia Mitchell Gallery showcasing artwork from Mitchell and other artists.
Old Towne Morrow will also be celebrating “Christmas In the Park” on Dec. 5, at which time everything should be open. In the meantime, the site is already decorated for with a 35-foot tree and looks great at night. Future plans include weekly concerts, Oktoberfest, craft festivals and other events encompassing the entertainment factor.
“I think this will be a place for the family-oriented to come, where kids can play and parents can relax, “ says Kilby. “The atmosphere will cater to all ages, and that’s been missing in Clayton County for a really long time.”
Will you visit Olde Towne Morrow during the holidays? Whatever you do, have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, Clayton!