Historic sites and landmarks offer glimpses into the past of Atlanta
The southern city of Atlanta has seen some truly historic moments during its history and these well-known landmarks blend education and enjoyment for visitors.
Luther King Jr. Historic District
The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District is part of the National Parks Service. A variety of historic locations commemorating moments in the life of this famous civil rights leader are maintained on Auburn Avenue NE. Primary is the King Center housing Dr. King’s papers and other historic items. The MLK birth home is adjacent the same site, but is available on a first-come, first-served Park Service tour. Although admission is free for this historic site be sure to get there early if you wish to catch the birth home tour as they only allow 45 people in per day.
Underground Atlanta is only a six-block remnant, but it’s got some of the oldest surviving Victorian storefronts and a few bits of vintage gasworks. Primarily remodeled with entertainment and dining, this sliver of the past is fun for kids and travel fans looking for some unusual pictures to take home. Modern kitsch and some of what are literally the oldest pieces of Atlanta are virtually side-by-side at this attraction. A guided walking tour is available which covers area history from the Civil War up through the modern Civil Rights movement. Train fans will also find the historic “zero mile” marker for the Georgia railway located in this district.
Centennial Olympic Park
Nearby Centennial Olympic Park is a major city feature and attraction, even with its international sporting history now behind it. This twenty-one acre park was redesigned for public use following the close of the 1996 Games and now is enjoyed year-round by about three million residents and visitors alike. The park features multiple areas designed just for kids, several dramatic water features, cafe offerings, public art, unique gardens and a variety of installations commemorating and documenting the Olympic Games.
Margaret Mitchell House
Fans of the book Gone With The Wind will want to visit the Margaret Mitchell House on Peachtree St., where the famous writer started her epic novel. The location also houses a museum of memorabilia from the movie adaptation. Also of significance to fans of the book are the Crescent Apartments, aka Windsor House Apartments. It was at this location that Mitchell wrote the bulk of her famous book. Check local listings for themed-tours in the area as well.
World of Coca Cola
One major spot in Atlanta’s history is the World of Coca Cola. The soft drink was first created in Atlanta in 1886 and has remained headquartered there ever since. The original location of this attraction is closing in early April of 2007, with a new location set to open again in May, so if you need to see this original part of pop/soda history, the time to visit is now or never!