Brookhaven Buzz - April 2018 - page 1

Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville
Volume 28, No. 4 •
APRIL 2018
April 22nd
Restful Harmony Grove
in Busy Buckhead
The deep and vividly green moss cushions the foot-
steps of visitors to the historic Harmony Grove Cemetery.
There is a quietness inherent in this place even if the noise
of heavy traffic from nearby West Paces Ferry intrudes. It
is a well preserved historic piece of ground shaded by a
canopy of tall trees which also adds to its serenity.
The cemetery began its long life in 1870 as a burial
space for the wealthy Smith family who lived in the area.
It evolved into the site and burial ground for the Har-
mony Grove Congregational Church soon after and then
the Harmony Grove Baptist Church in 1905. It is also
thought to be “home” to many local African Americans
in unmarked graves. There have been 56 documented
interments and an archaeological investigation deter-
mined that there are 171 burials in all.
Although most of these graves are unmarked [or
only crudely so with rough stones], there are still some
impressive and interesting markers. A tall obelisk
dominates the Sims family plot and founder James
Smith has a gravestone “erected by his wife and daughter.”
Continued on page 7
Spring Countdown for
The Peachtree
For the community
of AJC Peachtree Road
Race participants, spring
is the season to train for
one of the pre-eminent
annual summer events
in the ATL. This spring
I’m preparing for my 40th
consecutive Peachtree, for
which I am so grateful
and can hardly believe. I
did my first in 1978 with
about 12,000 participants.
By 1979 registrations
reached about 60,000 and
became capped. It’s not
unusual for many to have long unbroken streaks of
Peachtree participation.
In the minds of true Peachtree Road Race enthusi-
asts, they’ve made their Fourth of July plans even on
New Years’ Day. Some do formal Resolution running
or walking events and others just know they’ll register
for the race again while mainly staying inside in cold
As winter wanes, March is the month for the
60,000 racers, runners, joggers, walkers and wheel-
chair athletes to mail in their Atlanta Track Club
(ATC) Peachtree registrations, which is formally
announced in the AJC. One’s cancelled check serves
as receipt for entry. Race applicants can vote for the
coveted T-shirt from a short list of 5.
Peachtree Road Race logo
has local landmarks spelled
out to inspire vision in advance
of Independence Day race.
(Atlanta Track Club)
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