Like many communities, Suwanee began as a small agricultural town with strong ties to the railroad. Old Town Suwanee is an approximately 56-acre historic district contains both commercial and residential areas dating from 1871 to the early 1960s, which are primarily oriented in a linear fashion along Main Street and running parallel to the Norfolk Southern railroad corridor.
Today, the city works hard to retain its charm and sense of neighborliness and to manage growth in smart, innovative ways. Suwanee’s downtown revitalization efforts have earned it accreditation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program. In order to be designated a Main Street community, a city must demonstrate a commitment to the physical improvement of buildings and public spaces, aggressive promotion and image building, and economic development of the downtown area. Through its Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the City of Suwanee is committed to maintaining the unique charm of Old Town and to revitalizing its economic potential.
While largely residential, Old Town also includes Suwanee’s super playground, PlayTown Suwanee; the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library; an outdoor pavilion where small community events are held; a historic red caboose; and a charming office/retail area.