The Atlanta History Center (AHC) is dedicated to showcasing the history of Atlanta, through interactive and immersive exhibits and experiences. Set on 33 acres in one of Atlanta’s most eclectic communities, the Atlanta History Center features enchanting gardens, historic houses, award-winning exhibitions, interactive activities, and offers a variety of year-round educational programs for adults and children.

Founded in 1926 and located in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, the Center is home to historic homes, including Tullie Smith Farm, Swan House, and the Wood Family Cabin, six permanent and the Kenan Research Center, AHC's research arm. The Center features a variety of world-class collections, including one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the country, as well as six permanent and several temporary exhibitions shown throughout the year.

1.Historic House Museums

Historic House Museums
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The Atlanta History Center features several historic house museums on the 33-acre estate, including the Tullie Smith Farm, Swan House, and the Wood Family Cabin.

The Tullie Smith House is a beautifully preserved antebellum farmhouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by the Robert Smith family as a small farm comprising 200 acres with 11 slaves, the Tullie Smith House was moved to the grounds of the Atlanta History Center in 1969. The historic property features the original farmhouse, a log cabin and barn, a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, kitchen, double corncrib, and animal barn.

Designed by Phillip Shutze in the 1920s and named for its swan motifs, the Swan House is surrounded by Italian-inspired Boxwood Gardens that were used by William Kent and Lord Burlington in 18th century England with terraced lawns and majestic cloverleaf fountains.

The Wood Family Cabin is a cozy log cottage set in the Swan House woods that echoes the design and style used by the settlers of Northern Georgia settlers and showcasing Native American life in the early 1800s. Originally situated a few miles from the Creek Indian settlement of Standing Peachtree, the cabin feature logs originally used by early settlers and was donated to the Center by descendants of the Wood family.

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2.Margaret Mitchell House

Margaret Mitchell House
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The Atlanta History Center is also home to the Margaret Mitchell House, a three-story Tudor Revival building from the turn of the century that was once the home of Margaret Mitchell, author of the award-winning book, Gone With the Wind. Located at Atlanta History Center's Midtown Campus near Peachtree Street, the Margaret Mitchell House provides a beautiful setting for learning all about the author and her motives for writing the novel.

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3.Goizueta Gardens

Goizueta Gardens
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The historic Goizueta Gardens of the Atlanta History Center features 22-acres of woodlands, enchanting gardens, and walking trails that highlight the history of Southeastern Horticulture. Located next to the historic houses, the gardens are made of several smaller gardens. The Swan House Boxwood and Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Gardens feature native plants, the Cherry Sims Gardens are home to native south-eastern plants and Asian plants, the Tullie Smith Farm Garden displays gardening plants used in the 1860s, such as vegetables and herbs and the Quarry Garden.

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4.Exhibitions & Education

Exhibitions & Education
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The Atlanta History Center permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions held throughout the year. The six permanent exhibitions include ‘Turning Point: The American Civil War’, ‘Centennial Olympic Games’, ‘Metropolitan Frontiers’, ‘Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South’, ‘ Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones’, and ‘ Philip Trammell Shutze: Atlanta Classicist, Connoisseur, and Collector.’

The Kenan Research Center features an outstanding replica of historian Franklin Garrett’s office and over 3.5 million resources.

The Atlanta History Center offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, classes, and more for visitors of all ages from adults to children.

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5.Visitor Information

Visitor Information
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The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW in Atlanta and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The Museum Shop sells a range of collection-inspired books, locally-made goods, and gifts, as well as a craft beer and wine selection from the local Acrobatic Goat IPA.

Souper Jenny Café offers a warm and welcoming space to enjoy a unique twist on the traditional museum dining and shopping experience, serving a delectable menu of contemporary cuisine in a stylish, independent bookstore-style atmosphere. The Swan Coach House has been serving traditional afternoon tea for over 50 years, as well as luncheons in the Swan Coach House Restaurant. The Swan Coach House is also home to a gift shop and an art gallery.

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130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-814-4000

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