The Atlanta History Center is a sprawling campus that is home to many attractions that will be of great interest to anyone with even the slightest interest in the history of the region and of the city itself. Historic homes, modern exhibitions and beautiful gardens grace the grounds. There is so much you will probably find you need to come back again and again just to take it all in!
Things to Do
- The two historic houses at the Center are fascinating. The Swan House is a grand, elegant mansion built in 1928 for the heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. It shows the wealth of the Inman family in the 20's and 30's and its multiple rooms and beautifully manicured gardens are a testament to just how good life could be during those times.
- The Smith Family Farm on the other hand portrays a very different reality; that of a family faced with enduring life on the home front during the Civil War. Various characters populate and work on the farm, if you're lucky they may even tell you their story.
- If you feel like a relaxed visit you can simply walk around the 22 acres of gardens and trails surrounding the buildings. This acreage is split into six distinct gardens and contain may different plant and flower varieties that are native to the state.
Atlanta History Center Insider Tips
- The various exhibits and areas of the Atlanta History Center cover a fair amount of ground. Use the interactive map on their website to stay on top of it all.
- Children under four are granted admission to the Center for free. Free admission is provided for active military personnel who bring their ID.
- There is free parking provided at the Center.