The Atlanta History Centre should not be missed when visiting Atlanta. It is the place to visit in order to really learn about and understand the state of Atlanta. It is set in 23 acres of beautiful gardens which are breathtaking and beautiful to stroll through when the weather is fine.
There are two historical homes located at the History centre. The first one is the Tullie Smith House which used to be located outside the city limits. It was built in 1840 and survived General William Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in 1864 when he tried to burn down nearly every business and more than two thirds of the private homes in the city. The farmhouse is a typical example of Georgian homes at the time and was owned by yeoman farmer Robert Smith and his family who owned 11 slaves and farmed on 800 acres of land.
The second house which is located at the Atlanta History centre is “Swan House” which was built in 1928. It is an Atlanta landmark once belonging to Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune.
The Atlanta History centre also features several other historical buildings and exhibitions which display pictures and artifacts teaching visitors about the history of Atlanta and its citizens.
Also located at the Atlanta History Centre is the Centennial Olympic Games Museum which focuses on the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games which changed Atlanta forever transforming it from the Southern capital to an international city. At this museum one learns about the history of the Olympic Games from its Ancient Greek inception to its arrival in Atlanta.
The Atlanta History Centre also includes the Kenan Research Centre and the Margaret Mitchell House where one can tour the apartment of the author of that name who wrote “Gone with the Wind”.