Small farms and large plantations grew and the area’s many creeks were dammed to mill grain and lumber. The old Indian trail became know as the Flat Shoals Road, because it served the farms past the flat shoals on the South River near Panola Mountain. Terry’s Mill Pond was a large 30-acre lake that skirted present-day East Atlanta (in the I-20 right-of-way/Sugar Creek flood plain). The area was characterized by sparse population and rustic accommodations, contracts of land that were cleared for farming and timber.

Nicolia Gruendler