The city of Buford, standing in two counties – Gwinnett and Hall – has a long history dating back nearly two centuries. While the history of Rivermoore Landscape Group in this city is much shorter, we are very quickly making a name for ourselves. We have successfully restored and maintained lawns and plant life for many home and business owners here, and also support the community. We sponsor girls’ little league sports, the high school football team and band, and our owner has a personal history here, having lived in the city for ten years. As our business continues to grow, we hope to play a larger role in attracting more residents and businesses to the great city of Buford.
Gwinnett County was founded in the early 19th century after a treaty with the Cherokee Native American Tribe. For the first four decades of European settlement in the area, it remained somewhat remote. After the Civil War ended in 1865, more settlers began to move in with the building of the Richmond and Danville Railroad System. The influx of residents and the ease of transporting goods through the railroad led to the incorporation of Buford just seven years later, in 1872. Originally incorporated as a town, it changed its charter to a city in 1896. During this time, the production of both leather, and manufactured leather goods served as the bread and butter industries, earning the town the nickname “Leather City.”
Today, the city’s area covers 17.09 square miles, 0.08 of which is water. As of the 2010 census, a population of 12,225 was recorded. It has a 2015 estimate of 13,748.
Buford has its own independent school district. It consists of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
Business and Economy
While leather was once huge in this city, it has long since disappeared from the area, though remembrances of it remain, with the historic Tannery Row building still occupying space in the downtown area. Today, its business-friendly atmosphere is very diverse, with many new small businesses getting their start here. In 2008, it made the Top 100 list on CNN Money’s best places to live and start a business. Many service based businesses similar to Rivermoore Landscape Group are in town, as well as restaurants and individually owned retail stores. One large industrial employer is Makita, a power tool company.
In addition, the huge Mall of Georgia brings in an abundance of commerce from people all over the surrounding counties, with its 200+ stores. It is anchored by JCPenney, Von Maur, Dillard’s, Bilk, and Macy’s. The largest mall in the state, it has a range of scale, attracting budget and high end outfits. Two movie theaters also are housed by the mall.
Attractions and Recreation
The city of Buford loves to give people access to viewing its natural beauty. There are over 7 miles of walking trails winding through town. Residents and visitors alike can see the sharp looking commercial and residential properties, many of which have been serviced by Rivermoore Landscape Group.
Without question, one of the largest attractions in the city apart from the Mall of Georgia is Lake Lanier. With Buford buttressed against the southern part of the lake, its island group is also in proximity of the city. There are several marinas for boat owners, as well as docking facilities. Many competitive rowing and canoeing events are hosted here. Swimming, jet skiing, and fishing are also popular activities. The lake attracts over 7.5 million people every year, and is one of Georgia’s hottest summer vacation spots.