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Clarkston – “Ellis Island of the South”

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Jasmine Harris

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For more than half of the city’s foreign born residents who hail from over 50 countries across six continents, Clarkston, Georgia, has been their first American home. Today, Clarkston has become the most ethnically diverse square mile in America. It may be a small town, but it boasts a rich tapestry of attractions and historical landmarks. The first city in Georgia to welcome a tiny home community was none other than Clarkston.

The Clarkston Community Center, a focal point of community life, hosts a variety of events and programs, making it a great place to connect with neighbors and friends. Milam Park has a dog park, tennis courts, playground, and pool. For more outdoor activities, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve is a hidden oasis, offering miles of hiking trails, bird-watching opportunities, and a serene escape from the urban hustle and bustle. For a truly unique experience, explore the International Corridor along Memorial Drive. This culturally diverse area is a testament to the community’s rich tapestry of communities from all over the world. You’ll find an array of international shops, markets, and eateries, offering a delightful blend of flavors and traditions. It’s a true melting pot that showcases the town’s diversity and inclusivity. From Egyptian karkadeh tea to Burmese mala steamed fish, look no further than Clarkston.

Hidden Gem

One of my absolute favorite places in Clarkston is Refugee Coffee Co. Every time you make a purchase, you are providing wages for a resettled refugee or immigrant who is a member of the non-profit’s job training program.

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