Before European colonists settled here, the Cherokee people inhabited the forested land that is now known as Snellville. The area became the site of white settlement when an English colonist named Thomas Snell set down roots in the area in the mid-1800s. Initially known as New London, Snellville was not officially chartered until 1923, and its prominence grew slowly until the national suburban boom of the mid-1900s caught hold in the Atlanta area, making surrounding locales like Snellville the target of rapid development. However, the city has remained relatively small and close-knit over the years, even though it is now one of the fastest-growing cities in its county.
Enjoy the Outdoors at
Thomas W. Briscoe Park is known simply as T.W. Briscoe Park among locals. This public park holds an important place in the lives of many Snellville residents, particularly those who enjoy sports. Briscoe Park has multiple courts and fields for sports that include softball, soccer, basketball, and tennis. The park also features a pond and an outdoor swimming pool, making this a great place to relax with a picnic or take a dip on hot summer days. There are other facilities at the Briscoe Park complex as well, including a community garden and several municipal offices.
The Charming Snellvil
What originally started out in the 1970s as a one-time fundraiser for T.W. Briscoe park has grown into a major community event for Snellville. The Snellville Days Festival is a two-day late spring even that focuses on the community. Though there are many attractions and activities at the festival, some locals might consider the parade to be the most important part of the event because it gives the community a chance to gather together and show off their talents. In addition to the parade, arts and crafts vendors are on site selling their wares, and festival visitors can catch live entertainment, including music concerts.