Dunwoody is in northern DeKalb County, just outside of I-285 and very centrally located near GA 400. The community was named for Major Charles Dunwody who was a major in the Confederate Army. The difference in spelling of the name of the major and the name of the town was rumored to have been due to a mispelling of his name on a bank note. Adding the extra "O" resulted in the spelling of the town as it is known today. (These "back stories" are the reason I love history) This newly incorporated city is one of the most affluent and prestigious areas within Greater Atlanta. Dunwoody contains many elegant homes, highly-ranked schools, and abundant shopping and entertainment opportunities. The historical area of Dunwoody officially became a city at midnight on December 1, 2008 following a fairly contentious, community led movement to incorporate the City. Although not formally recognized as a City prior to 2008, the residents in this area have always identified themselves as living in “Dunwoody”, with a unique history separate from other areas and cities in DeKalb County. The Cherokee Indian tribe of the Creek Confederation originally inhabited what is now the city. The Chattahoochee River was the water artery that made the area an ideal place to live and was the largest and busiest early trading center in the vicinity. The indigenous peoples call this area the “standing peach tree” or “pitch tree”. By 1820, Cherokee farms dotted the area around the Chattahoochee. It was at this time that white settlers began to arrive, creating homesteads and expanding the population.
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