The Norcross Welcome Center and Museum is a place for locals and tourists to learn about our city’s rich history as well as its modern attractions. We provide printed materials about nearby attractions of interest, maps of the Norcross and the metro area, and walking tour brochures of the historic homes in town. Housed here is our Baseball Museum, a room dedicated to the extraordinary baseball history in our area. We also house many other interesting artifacts from Norcross' history such as the city's original charter, an old fashioned notary seal, historic newspapers and interesting photos of families that have lived here for generations.
189 Lawrenceville St. • 678.421.2048/2049
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Betty Mauldin Park
Have your camera ready—home to the Champion American Elm, Betty Mauldin is the perfect backdrop for a shaded and manicured photo op. This small park right in the heart of downtown is also the setting for many concerts and festivals, such as Bluesberry and Jazz in the Alley. Just please try not to touch our beloved tree–she's over 100 years old!
As head quarters for most city operations, you could say this is where the magic happens! Come stop in to say hello or grab a copy of the latest city newsletter while you're paying a bill or completing a permit application. Please don't be a stranger!
Cultural Arts & Community Center
The Cultural Arts and Community Center offers numerous programs to delight citizens of all ages. Among our offerings have been theatrical performances, youth summer camps, and author's book events, as well as classes on various subjects throughout the year. Movie Mondays and First Friday Concerts regularly take place in the ballroom.
10 College St. • 678.421.2025 & 2048
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Discovery Garden Park
Discovery Garden is one of our city’s special spaces, a serene respite for visitors and gardeners alike. There is always something new to see, smell and smile about in the Garden! Come by for one of our community gatherings or take a more hands-on approach by joining the Gardeners group.
Eastern Continental Divide Mosaic Sculpture
Located in Thrasher Park and designed by artist Jennifer Freeman (known for her work on the Mitchell Road Mosaic among other local projects), the Eastern Continental Divide Sculpture has a mosaic design with two intertwining streams. These convey the action of flowing water to the East and West, representing the effects of the Eastern Continental Divide. The unique sculpture stands to commemorate the historical significance of the Eastern Continental Divide to the City of Norcross.
Fire Station Museum
The Fire Station Museum is adjacent to the Welcome Center and Museum and is a place both adults and children will enjoy visiting. Come take a look at the beautifully restored fire truck that began its life as a truck converted to serve as a vehicle for Norcross' volunteer fire department. There are many other interesting fire artifacts to see. Come and visit from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Just call the Welcome Center at 678-421-2048, we will be happy to open the museum for your visit.
Greetings from Norcross Mural
Atomic Wash, a Norcross-based digital marketing and branding agency, designed and donated the concept for the "Greetings from Norcross" mural. The 16-foot wide mural is designed in the style of Americana travel postcards, and it covers the large red brick wall of the building that the agency shares with Paizano’s Italian Restaurant, along Wingo Street and facing the railroad tracks. The mural is a colorful vinyl adhesive material installed via heat transfer to the bricks. The design celebrates 8 iconic people and places in our city's history, becoming a piece that is both aesthetically interesting and educational for visitors and residents alike.
Historic Cotton Gin
Now home to Chase's Wingery, Stop the Clock Photo and other local merchants, the old cotton gin on Lawrenceville Street was once owned by the Summerour family. In the early 1900s, Homer Summerour developed and marketed a more productive variety of cotton, which he called “Half and Half.” It is said that his cotton seeds made him so well-known that people from across the country could send an order addressed to nothing more than “Cotton Seed Man” and “Georgia,” and it would be delivered to him here in Norcross.
Kudzu Art Zone
Kudzu Art Zone became a non-profit in June 2006 when a group of artists shared a vision of a thriving artist community. In late 2006, the City of Norcross donated a 3,200 square foot building at 116 Carlyle Street, Kudzu Art Zone’s current home. The building has a gallery, 8 artist’s studios and ample space for meetings, workshops and artist development opportunities. The Kudzu Art Zone has become a place of fellowship where over 100 artist members have access to a community of support, space and professional development opportunities.
Lillian Webb Park & Splash Pad
Look no further than Lillian Webb for a place to spend the day in leisurely recreation. The wide open green space and three-tiered fountain and splash pad together make the perfect family fun day (and also the perfect wedding venue)! Splash pad hours are 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Closed November until April) Park hours: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Since 2000, the artists, directors and volunteers at Lionheart have worked to bring theatre and the arts to Norcross. Lionheart operates as a non-profit, non-equity theatre producing affordable, unforgettable entertainment to audiences of all ages. Expect to be swept up in passionate classic dramas, to sing along to favorite Broadway musicals or to laugh nonstop during an original comic romp. When you leave Lionheart, you’ll leave with a new story to tell.
Mitchell Road Mosaic Wall
In what began as a spark of creativity, the Mitchell Mosaic quickly became a movement that goes far beyond art and cultural awareness, embracing ideas of community and togetherness. Over 125 mosaic disks are now installed on 5 panels stretching 130 feet long, thanks to the contribution of over 1000 Norcross area students, art educators, teachers, parents and grandparents as well as volunteers from both Discovery Garden Park and the Norcross Garden Club. Each piece is a celebration of nature, with depictions of seasonal colors, wildlife and plants.
The Rectory, located at 17 College Street, is situated directly across the parking lot from the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. This restored building from the early 1900s is the former rectory for the church that now houses Lionheart Theatre. It is currently being used as gallery space for ongoing exhibits and arts events. Free Admission for all events! Just call 678-421-2048 or 2025 for access.
Learn more here about submitting for artist consideration!
Skin Alley & "Tumblefield"
The Norcross Public Arts Commission (NPAC)'s vision was to turn Skin Alley into “ArtWay”: a colorful, welcoming and engaging space for the entire community to enjoy and experience. Set as the cornerstone to the alley, Tumblefield was inspired by Norcross’ playful and mischievous red foxes. A whimsical fox is set against an abstract backdrop that have intentionality from the artist, but – like most art – are open to interpretation by the viewer.
With both spaces to roam and spaces to play, Thrasher is a prime location for family-friendly activities and events. It’s walking distance from our downtown merchants, making it a great spot to spend your days and nights. Fitted with an amphitheater, playground AND a gazebo, Thrasher is the site of many city events, including Summer Concert Series, Monday Fun Days, and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Norcross was once known as “Atlanta’s Favorite Summer Resort"–beginning in 1878, a commuter train called the “Airline Belle” made round trips twice a day, carrying visitors between Atlanta and Norcross. The railroad is very much a part of Norcross' history, and though the train no longer stops in town you can still enjoy a meal from inside the original train depot (The Crossing Steakhouse) and feel the rumble as the train rushes past!