Situated between Gwinnett and Hall counties, Buford was found in 1872. A railroad constructed in the area linked Charlotte, Atlanta, and North Carolina. The linking railroad led to an influx of people into the city as well as the growth of recreation and social amenities to meet the growing population.
Buford was popular for its vibrant leather industry championed by Bona Allen Company. The largest mall in the state, the Mall of Georgia, is found here. This community was ranked 3rd in 2008 by CNN Money magazine in the annual list of 100 best places to live and start a business. Buford has a rich culture. The construction of a museum and cultural center, the Gwinnett Environment & Heritage Center, in 2006 was to showcase the different inherent cultures in this community as well as educate children about the environment. Lovers of wild recreation will have a lot of places to visit. Buford Dam Park is a popular serene lakeside park with a sandy swimming beach, plus a picnic area and recreational facilities. Others are East Bank Park and Lower Overlook. Whether local cuisines are your first love or you want to have a taste of foreign cuisines, there are lots of places you can visit. Notable is the Provino’s Italian Restaurant, a homey restaurant serving classic Italian dishes including pasta plates and seafood. Buford is minutes from neighboring cities such as Dacula, Lawrenceville, Gainesville, Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Oakwood, Winder, and Auburn.