Ride through Ballground, GA

Ball Ground, GA

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Ball Ground, GA is one of our more frequented stops when our riding. The anchor in Ball Ground being the Barrel House Coffee. A perfect place to park up our bikes, have a coffee and quickly solve many of the world’s problems. Since the time I started riding, I’ve seen the town and it’s main street grow and develop. From a town with a couple of coffee shops and a restaurant, it boasts multiple restaurants, a micro-brewery, ice cream parlors helping it become a great spot of city/town folk to ride/drive up to and spend a lazy afternoon on a weekend.

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Ball Ground’s history dates back to the early 1800s when the two Native American tribes used to live on the lands. The Cherokee and the Muscogee Creek Tribes. They eventually fought and the Cherokee Tribe prevailed. In 1830, the Cherokee and all other Native American Tribes were relocated towards the west of the country.

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Wikipedia: The name Ball Ground was initially given by settlers to refer to an area of land, not for the town or community. Native Americans would use the area as a ballground to play a game similar to ‘Town Ball’ and settlers named the town Ball Ground in reference to this. Over time details were added to the story of why the town was named Ball Ground. One such story was that the site was so named because it was the location of a 1532 game of ball between Native Americans playing against Hernando de Soto and his men, in a game umpired by the owner (he knew where the fountain was located) of the Fountain of Youth. When a fight broke out during the game, the umpire was killed, taking the secret of the location of the Fountain of Youth with him.

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Another story attested as “local folklore” by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce says that the site is named Ball Ground because of a game of stickball played between the Cherokee and (Muscogee) Creek “for the prize of a thousand square miles of land”.

 

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