Atlanta’s history is epic. Wars, fires, stately mansions, civil rights leaders, famous authors, artists, musicians and Native Americans all shared the spotlight with everyday Atlantans.
But Atlanta’s history is not in the past. We believe it should be a living entity, and we invite residents and visitors to experience it personally. Here are three historical attractions in Atlanta to add to your must-visit list this fall.
- The Atlanta History Center, located in Buckhead, is a 33-acre experience that features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive activities and a variety of programs for adults, children and families. Some of the exhibitions that grace the Atlanta History Center this fall are:
- "Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta." This exhibit shares the stories of individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives and examines how the metro area was shaped by political events and exceptional leaders.
- "Turning Point: The American Civil War." View more than 1,500 original artifacts and see the horrific story of the war through photographs, dioramas and videos. Among the highlights are the Confederate flag that flew over Atlanta at the time of its surrender, a Union supply wagon and the logbooks of the C.S.S. Shenandoah.
- "Fashion in Good Taste." From the drop-waist dresses of the Jazz Age to the Mod style of the '60s, the exhibition shows 28 examples of clothing that defines the ages. Six of the pieces were designed or created by Georgia women.
- "Down the Fairways with Bobby Jones." Atlanta-born golf icon Bobby Jones made a tremendous impact on the game of golf. Jones founded Augusta National Golf Club and co-founded the Masters Tournament. This exhibit is the largest display about Jones and also highlights the game’s progression from the early stages to the modern era.
- Margaret Mitchell House tells the story of one of the country’s most famous authors and the movie that resulted from her book. Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind” and lived in the Crescent Avenue house for several years. The museum’s "Hollywood’s Gaze on the South" shows how Hollywood royalty came to Atlanta in 1939 for the movie’s premiere at the Loew’s Grand Theatre while the "Passion for Character" exhibit takes guests through her girlhood writings, her career as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine and how “Gone With the Wind” affected her life. It also highlights her philanthropic work, including supporting the Family Welfare Society and the Florence Crittenton Home for Girls.
- The Apex Museum, whose theme is: Every Month is Black History Month, is featuring several exciting exhibits. "Africa: The Untold Story" tells of more than 6,000 years of this continent -- its contributions, people and culture. In addition, there is "Sweet Auburn Revisited," which teaches about the heart and birthplace of African-American capitalism and entrepreneurship. Another eye-opening exhibit is "Black Inventors," which highlights inventors such as Benjamin Banneker who were inventing new products even before the American Revolution and oftentimes were never credited for their work and never received the patents.
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Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for national and local publications.