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    Day Trip into History

    Bulloch Hall in Roswell is a perfect escape into Greater Atlanta’s early beginnings. In fact, the short drive to this antebellum community takes you into an era where the young Scarlett O’Hara would have been perfectly at home, traipsing about its grand columned houses with elegant public rooms or flirting at the barbecue on the deep, shaded lawn.

     

    Built in 1839 for the Bulloch family, the Greek revival home was destined for a long and glorious life. Basically a large square box highlighted by four imposing Doric-style columns, the house has a huge central hall with four main rooms on each floor. The cooler brick floored kitchen is in the base-ment and there are several gardens, well houses and outbuildings comprising this National Register site, which operates as a meticulously maintained and furnished house museum.

     

    This house and most other grand Roswell homes survived the fires of the Civil War and General W. T. Sherman even though the nearby cotton mills were destroyed. In subsequent years, it gained perhaps its greatest claim to fame when Martha Bulloch marrie   Read more...

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    Stay and Play in Brookhaven

    As the City of Brookhaven’s tourism manager, Mike Vescio’s main focus is to drive tourism dollars to the city and fill its 10 hotels with guests. It shouldn’t be a hard sell, considering everything that makes Brookhaven an attractive place to live —proximity to downtown Atlanta, MARTA rail service, easy access to interstate highways and major thoroughfares. A wide range of dining, shopping and en-tertainment options also make Brookhaven an ideal location for tourists to stay and play alongside lo-cals while visiting metro Atlanta.

     

    “The area is very diverse — I like bringing new guests to our area,” said Vescio, who brings with him 32 years experience in the hospitality business. “I enjoy spreading the word about our new city.” In addition to putting heads in Brookhaven’s hotel beds, Vescio also champions the area’s ongoing citywide events and amenities, from Oglethorpe University’s art museum, theater and sporting events to the city’s 12 parks and outdoor concerts, art and food festivals.

     

    Ongoing and seasonal events in the city include the We   Read more...

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    Celebrating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

    Atlanta’s role as an industrial, hospital and transportation center for the Confederacy ended abruptly in late August and early September 1864 when triumphant Union forces took control of the city. Fires, destruction and chaos were the signs of the times, but the war was essentially over for At-lanta in those hot late summer days 150 years ago.

     

    As we mark the Sesquicentennial of those horrific war years, the best place to get a basic under-standing of Atlanta’s role during that time is the outstanding Civil War exhibit at the Atlanta History Cen-ter. This is the largest Civil War exhibit in the Southeast — it has approximately 1,400 historic artifacts on display.

     

    Although the whole war and its aftermath are examined via weapons, clothing, cannons and an ex-tremely helpful series of videos and interactive stations, the main emphasis is on the Georgia campaign to take Atlanta. The organization and display of this wealth of artifacts and information is stunningly beautiful and a tribute to this history museum’s excellence. Almost all conceivable aspects of the war   Read more...

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    Autrey Mill: ‘Jewel of Johns Creek’

    The newly-minted city of Johns Creek boasts a sweet site to get away from it all — Autrey Mill Na-ture Preserve and Heritage Center. An example of grassroots activism at its finest, the historic Autrey Mill site was snatched from the clutches of developers in 1988 and taken under the wing of a commit-ted core of volunteers. The site was formally handed over to Johns Creek by Fulton County in 2006.

     

    The 46-acre preserve is now a paradise of walking trials, waterways and forests. Historic buildings have been relocated and arranged in a village, and replicas of Native American structures add to the atmosphere. A visitor’s center is home to resident animals, including frogs, turtles, rabbits, ducks and an indigenous fish exhibit. Autrey Mill Board Member Karen Daniel is particularly partial to the pre-serve’s African spurred tortoise, who she affectionately calls “Princess Pebbles.”

     

    As summer settles in, Autrey Mill is awash with activities such as scout and kids’ camps. A cooking and crafts camp is scheduled for July 28, and updated info can be found on the w   Read more...

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