Chamblee, incorporated by the Georgia legislature on August 17, 1908 in DeKalb County.
Perhaps the 1885 petition for the U.S. Postal Service at Roswell Junction. The U.S.P.S. did not want Roswell Junction, because of nearby city of Roswell, and picked “Chamblee” from the list of petitioners. The Chamblee selected was an African-American railroad worker. In another version, the Chamlee’s founded the town. Chamblee has been known for dairies, railroads and the military. The Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Roswell Railroad cross in Chamblee. In 1917, Chamblee’s dairy land was turned into Camp Gordon. The new military base grew with 1,200 buildings and became home to 40,000 military personnel.
After World War I the military decommissioned Camp Gordon only to reestablish it in 1941 as a Navy Flight Training Center. Lawson Veterans Hospital was added, specializing in amputees to use prosthetic limbs. After World War II, General Motors opened their plant in neighboring Doraville. Corporations like Frito-Lay and Kodak built plants and provided a strong tax base and employment.
Since the 1980’s, the International Village overlay was the first zoning in metro Atlanta for mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. The City received a multi-million dollar redevelopment along Buford Highway the International Village area for it’s effort. The City also protected the historic downtown now nationally recognized as Antique Row.