The Adair family has developed real estate throughout metro Atlanta and owned land nearby Lake Forrest Drive in 1938, Hardin said.
“My thought is the street was changed to Lake Forrest from West Peachtree Drive because of Forrest Adair, but I have no proof,” Hardin said.
Otten has no records mentioning Nathan Bedford Forrest in Sandy Springs but several streets that were named after early settlers were misspelled, he said.
Johnson Ferry is named after the Johnston family and Mount Paran after the Perian clan, he said.
“I’ve never seen anything commemorating the road to Nathan Bedford Forrest,” Otten said regarding Lake Forrest Drive. “My opinion and it’s just that - an opinion with no validation - I think it’s probably a misspelling.”
Otten and Hardin agree that the road was likely constructed by Fulton County. Otten said many early family settlers named roads after themselves and they were not located near main street arteries. They also named roads “mount” such as Mount Paran or Mount Vernon to let travelers know they would be going up or down a hill.
Otten said he attributes Lake Forrest Drive to Fulton County because it’s structured in away that respects property boundaries more faithfully than the others.
The smaller road, Forrest Lake Drive intersects with Lake Forrest Drive. Sandy Springs spokesperson Sharon Kraun said parts of both roads are in the city of Atlanta. Officials there will be asked to approve and adjust spelling on signs located in Atlanta boundaries, she said.
The estimated cost of changing all of the street signs for the two roads in Sandy Springs will be about $9,000.