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Two intersections on Hwy. 369 in north Forsyth getting official names
Titles pay tribute to communitys past

NORTH FORSYTH — North Forsyth residents have long known the intersections of Hammond’s Crossing and Coal Mountain by those names. This week, the state and county will make the titles official.

A ceremony for the naming of Hammond’s Crossing — where Hwys. 306 and 369 (Browns Bridge Road) meet — will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hammond’s Fishing Center.

At 2 p.m. Friday by Coal Mountain Baptist Church, the crossing of Hwys. 9 and 369 will be designated as Coal Mountain Intersection.

The new names are the result of work by the DOT and the Georgia General Assembly.

County Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, whose District 4 includes the intersections, and state Sen. Michael Williams both said Hammond’s Crossing may very well be the first in the state officially named after a family.

“As I got into it, I realized it was much more difficult to get this done for a family on an intersection, especially when it wasn’t like a fallen deputy or a dignitary,” Mills said.

According to a news release from the county, the Hammond family has been in the area for generations, opening a general store around 1897.

Mills said that several members of the family will be taking part in the event Wednesday.

Coal Mountain crossroads has also been a local point of trade for more than 200 years and the name came be found in the 1870 federal census, according to the county.

Both dedications, approved via state Senate resolutions, will feature speakers who will trace the history of the area.

According to Mills, the names are timely, since both intersections will be involved in improvements tied to the$200 million transportation bond voters approved in 2014.

Hammond’s Fishing Center is at 4255 Browns Bridge Road, while Coal Mountain Baptist Church is at the southeast corner of Hwys. 9 and 369.