Ben Hill, Atlanta

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Ben Hill
Ben Hill is located in Metro Atlanta
Ben Hill
Ben Hill
Location of Ben Hill within Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°41′26″N 84°30′41″W / 33.69061°N 84.51144°W / 33.69061; -84.51144
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fulton County
City City of Atlanta
NPU P
Demographics (2000)

Ben Hill is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[1] Ben Hill is a predominantly black community with many black-owned businesses.

Location

Ben Hill is located within the city limits of Southwest Atlanta. Its boundaries start south at Welcome All Road, expand North to Fairburn, and ending slightly before you reach Unincorporated Fulton County right before you reach Cascade Road. Its western boundaries start at Campbellton Road at Sand Creek and extend East to Hogan Road and ends slightly after Continental Colony Elementary before entering the city of East Point.

History

The Ben Hill area was first settled in the 1820s and was originally known as Mount Gilead Cross Roads.[2] The Judge William Wilson House is located in Ben Hill, one of a handful of antebellum buildings in Atlanta. The Atlanta Preservation Center placed the NRHP-listed house on its List of Most Endangered Historic Places in 2001.[3]

Shopping

Greenbriar Mall is the most recognizable figure in this community. The skating rink from the movie 'ATL' is based on the historic Jelly Bean Skating Rink that was once located in this community. Now closed, the movie was shot at Cascade Family Skate rink in Adamsville. Jelly Bean has closed down, but still remains one of Atlanta's top Skating Rinks of all time. Jelly Bean is remembered as "The Master Of All Roller Rinks" in Atlanta. With Cascade Skating Ring following behind. Jelly Bean is the Roller Ring that put Ben Hill on the map in the late 1970s.

      • Jelly Beans was not in Ben Hill, it was on the Northside. In the 1970's it was called the Greenbriar Skating Rink. It was on Stone Road, across from the old Arlington Schools campus. Before it was a skating rink it was a bowling alley.

Education

Ben Hill is home to three elementary schools; Continental Colony, Deerwood Academy,and Fickett. It is also home to one middle school; Ralph Bunche.

Religion

Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church is one of Atlanta's oldest churches. Ben Hill United Methodist Christian Church located at 2099 Fairburn Rd

Parks

Ben Hill has a community park, Ben Hill Park, which includes a large recreation Center, 3 ball fields and two tennis courts and outdoor basketball courts.

Events

Ben Hill holds its annual reunion, Ben Hill Day, every year on the last Sunday in July. Ben Hill Day was started by lifelong citizens of Ben Hill by the name of Mr. Sherard Bunkley. This event celebrates the lives of all fallen friends and family members of the Ben Hill community. Also it is a reunion for the Ben Hill citizens which has grown to 30,000 in attendance.

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