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Atlanta History Center – Virtual Tour

Atlanta History Center - Virtual Tour

Atlanta History Center – Virtual Tour

The Atlanta History Center was founded in 1926, and its campus of 33-acres features historic gardens and houses located on the grounds. The Center also holds one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the United States.

The historic houses featured at the Atlanta History Center campus include:

  • The Smith Farm – an Antebellum architectured estate that includes a farmhouse, enslaved people’s cabin, kitchen, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, double corncrib, barn, and several gardens
  • The Swan House – named for the swam motif located above the home’s rear entrance, this house is one of the most photographed places in Atlanta
  • The Wood Family Cabin – interprets North Georgia settler and Native American life in the 1820s and 1830s

The Center’s Midtown Campus includes:

  • The Margaret Mitchell House- home of Margaret Mitchell from 1925–1932 while she was writing the novel “Gone With The Wind”
  • Commercial Row –  an accessible hub for community events

Paved pathways through the Center’s historic gardens connect the Swan House and the Smith Farm which are surrounded with landmark gardens that include:

  • Olguita’s Garden – an ornamental garden that is designed for flowering and fragrant plants and is inspired by the magnificent gardens of Europe
  • Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden – a native garden containing herbal medicinal plants, waterfalls, and an extensive native plant collection
  • Smith Family Farm Gardens – with a variety of heirloom plants and flowers, with heritage-breed sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys 
  • Swan House Gardens – the formal gardens that surround and showcase the residence
  • Frank A. Smith Memorial Rhododendron Garden’s – a contemporary design with shade-loving plants
  • Sims Asian Garden – home to the Goizueta Gardens Asian Plant Collection
  • Swan Woods and Wood Family Cabin – with acres of forest and associated wildlife 
  • Veterans Park – with fountain scenery and seating for personal tributes and reflections

Atlanta History Center - Virtual Tour

Victorian Playhouse – Atlanta History Center

Highlights of the Atlanta History Center

  • The Atlanta History exhibition
  • The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama exhibition
  • The Victorian and Lee miniature playhouses
  • A reproduction of historian Franklin Garrett’s (1906–2000) office
  • Turning Point: The American Civil War exhibition
  • The Smith Farmhouse
  • The Swan House
  • The Mitchell House
  • The Western & Atlantic locomotive – Texas

Atlanta History Center - Virtual Tour

The Swan House Gardens

Atlanta History Center

  • Museum:         Atlanta History Center
  • City:                 Atlanta
  • State:               Georgia
  • Country:          United States
  • Established:    1926
  • Category:        History Museum
  • Location:        130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA, United States

Atlanta History Center – Map

Atlanta History Center – 360 Views

Atlanta History Center – 360 Views

Atlanta History Center – 360 Views

Atlanta History Center – 360 Views

Atlanta History Center

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Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
– Mark Twain

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Photo Credit: David Dugan / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0); David Dugan / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

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