I Love Atlanta

Atlanta Cyclorama in Grant Park

800 Cherokee Av SE. | 404-658-7625 | www.bcaatlanta.com

Completed over a hundred years ago, it’s a 50-foot-high circular painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from one specific spot on Dekalb Avenue. Visitors sit in a bleacher section that rotates around inside. (Look for Clark Gable in the tableau.) The building also houses “The Texas,” the locomotive that chased and caught “The General” in the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase (see Kennesaw Civil War Museum, below.)

Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW. | 404-814-4000 | www.atlhist.org

Houses exhibits from Atlanta’s past, especially the Civil War era. Also on the 32-acre complex is the 1920s Swan House as well as the 1840s Tullie Smith House, which was originally located near what is now Executive Park off of North Druid Hills Road. The lifestyle of old Georgia is demonstrated, and the Center serves as site of various festivals throughout the year.

Bulloch Hallr

180 Bulloch Av, Roswell. | 770-992-1731 | www.bullochhall.org

If Roswell were south of Atlanta, this 1840 home might well have been burned down during Sherman’s March to the Sea. It was the home of Martha Bulloch, mother of Teddy Roosevelt and Grandmother of Eleanor. A Roswell city-owned cultural center is housed there now.

Carter Library & Museumr

441 Freedom Parkway. | 404-865-7100 | www.jimmycarterlibrary.org

The Center is a cluster of non-profit groups trying to reduce worldwide suffering and conflict, the Library is where scholars can research the Jimmy Carter presidential era, and the Museum exhibits memorabilia of his presidency, and includes a mock-up of the Oval Office.

Federal Reserve Bank Monetary Museumr

1000 Peachtree St NE. | 404-498-8777 | www.frbatlanta.org

A museum of the history of money and banking, housed on the third floor of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Herndon Homer

587 University Pl NW. | 404-581-9813 | www.cr.nps.gov

Alonzo Herndon was a former slave who owned a string of barber shops, then founded an insurance company (Atlanta Life) to become Atlanta’s first black millionaire. The 1910 house is near the Morris Brown College campus

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Old Hwy 41 & Stilesboro Rd, Marietta. | 770-427-4686 | www.nps.gov

A bloody battle that lasted for days and ended in stalemate, on Sherman’s historic approach to Atlanta.

Historic Mable House

5239 Floyd Road, Mableton | 770-819-3285 | www.artshow.com

“An example of a plantation plain home, built circa 1843. Listed in the National Historic Register. Appointments are needed for groups of eight or more.” 13 miles west of Atlanta and Operated by the South Cobb Arts Alliance and Cobb County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.

Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Av SE. | 404-688-2107 | www.oaklandcemetery.com

Dating from the 1850s, this city-owned cemetery is the resting place of Atlanta’s first mayor, golfer Bobby Jones, Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell, and scores of Civil War soldiers. A nice place to visit on a nice day. Check the website for information about tours.

Peachtree Creek

Not much to do but look at it. There was a Civil War battle here, in Tanyard Park on Collier Road, a little west of Peachtree Road.

Stately Oaks Plantation Community

100 Carriage Lane, Jonesboro. | 770-473-0197 | www.georgianationalfair.com

Looking for an antebellum house? (Isn’t everybody who passes through GWTW country?) This Greek Revival mansion was built in 1839 and sports a wide central hall, double gallery porches, and a country store/museum shop.

Williams-Payne House

6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. | 404-851-9111 | www.heritagesandysprings.org

You’ve heard of antebellum? This is an example of POST-bellum (built in 1869, after the war) living. The house was originally somewhere else, and moved next to the sandy spring for which the community was named.

Wren’s Nest

1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd SW. | 404-753-8535 | www.cr.nps.gov

Once the home of Joel Chandler Harris (of Uncle Remus fame), now the restored building houses his memorabilia and hosts storytelling activities and a museum shop.