Established in the 1830s as a religious refuge for a variety of denominations, Smyrna has evolved from a tiny frontier village to one of the fastest growing cities in Cobb County. Known as "The Jonquil City," Smyrna has been nicknamed for the gorgeous sea of yellow flowers that bloom here each spring. The city's well-kept, attractive residential neighborhoods reflect the permanence of its residents, many of whom have lived in the city for generations. The Cumberland Mall and the Galleria Specialty Mall offer residents conveniently located major department stores and popular specialty stores. In addition, the downtown area has seen an influx of new retail and office complexes in recent years.