Discover the City of Hiram:PathEstablished in 1891 as a sleepy, rural railroad town, the City of Hiram has progressed into the major commercial corridor for Paulding County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

Just a short drive northwest of Atlanta, Hiram blends the best of the past, present, and future. Hiram's downtown business district offers a more relaxed, nostalgic dining and shopping experience while only a moment away from an impressive and growing variety of modern conveniences, including shopping, dining, and entertainment.

From quaint, historic downtown shops to a wide array of nationally recognized retailers, convenience is all within a three-mile radius. Spend a leisurely afternoon in the historic downtown, or shop till you drop in many of your favorite retail stores nearby. 

Nestled in the center of these unique areas are two exceptional parks and other recreational facilities. It is the perfect combination of community and convenience, where quality of life is more than just a cliché.
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Hiram History:

The Beginning - Garrett Gray - Gray's Mill, Ga

The area around, what is now known as the City of Hiram, was originally founded as Gray's Mill, Ga., named after one of the earliest settlers, Garrett Gray. He was the son of Isaac Gray, a Revolutionary War soldier from South Carolina born in 1750. Garrett was born on September 23,1802 in South Carolina, where he was reared on the farm and educated in the common country school.

Garrett Gray married Jane Jenkins on January 1,1828 in Franklin County, Ga. She was also born in South Carolina and was orphaned as a small child. Jane was reared by her brother, with whom she came to Georgia in 1825. Garrett and Jane lived in Franklin County where they successfully farmed until 1835, when they relocated to this area of Paulding County.

As well as being one of the first settlers, Mr. Gray made many contributions to the community that led to it being an incorporated city later on. He had a contract to deliver the first locomotive on the first Georgia railroad, and he also built the first cotton gin in the county in about 1836. He served in the 5th Congressional District of Georgia Legislature and was considered a prominent possible candidate for governor. He also was a private in Company D 1st Regiment Ga. Calvalry until 1862 when he was discharged for the reason of old age.

Perhaps the greatest contribution that Garrett Gray made to the local community was the building of Grays Mill as early as 1850. Located on the outskirts of what is now Hiram, approximately 100 yards above the present Highway 92, the site of the mill was a lovely picturesque place, complete with a dam with water pouring over it and a large mill wheel at 1 side. A favorite local spot for picnics and gatherings, the creek at the mill was also used for baptisms. For many years, the grist mill operated as a place where everybody from miles around brought their corn and wheat to be ground.

The little town at Gray's Mill was a bustling spot for trade and export, but it lacked an official name recognized by the State of Georgia. It wouldn't be until 1891 that the Town of Hiram would come into being.  The Town of Hiram was named after Hiram Baggett, the first postmaster for the town.  Later, in 1956, the Town of Hiram would be changed to the City of Hiram, and the rest is, as they say, history!


Entertainment choices for all ages abound in Hiram, including movie theaters, exciting night life, and live music. Hiram's crown jewel, Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park, has recently been renovated to accommodate a 500-seat amphitheater. Concerts, festivals, fireworks, and other outdoor events are popular with residents and visitors alike!

Quality of life is second to none in Hiram. Bring your family and join us for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime! Hiram really does have it all.