A trip to the Atlanta History Center

6 Jun

A while ago I bought a membership to the Atlanta History Center. I have been wanting to go for several years, and when they offered half-off prices ($32 for me and a guest to go as often as I want for a year), I thought, even if I go once with a friend (and kids under 3 are free) I’ll make my money back, so I went for it.

Walter and I were supposed to be on our way to Miami this weekend, but unfortunately my niece, and now my brother, are terribly sick so we canceled our trip. I decided to use this opportunity to finally visit AHC and tour the gardens, since I always like new ways to get Walter outside (and not just sitting in our front yard playing with sidewalk chalk). Well, it was really awesome. I’m a huge fan of history (for example my B.S. in History from Georgia Tech), and I love Southern history too. They have a very elaborate exhibit on the Civil War (which I’ll have to check out another time), but Walter and I loved the Smith Family Farm. Walter ran around and around, lost his shoe, and made friends with the goats. They have character actors there and that was really fun, like just walking into the past. And I love learning little tidbits like, the Smiths were really rich because they had windows. This was the 1840s after all.

Smith Family Farm
A quick photo on our way out. He wanted to get out of the stroller and run around some more, but I wanted lunch.

The other cool outdoor place we visited this time around was the Swan House, which has recently been made more famous by the movie Catching Fire. While the Smith Family Farm was transported here from the Druid Hills area, the AHC was built around the Swan House when the last owner died and donated it and the surrounding 28 acres to the historical society.

For the movie.

In real life.

Having just watched most of Ken Burns’ Prohibition documentary, it was very cool to be transported to a real 1920’s house with all original furniture and more character actors — which the Center calls “Interpreters”. At the Swan House they told me I wasn’t allowed to bring my carriage (stroller) inside. I was almost confused, except I was already looking for a place to leave it on the cobblestone driveway.

Swan House 1
Walter was quick to start exploring.

Swan House 4
Playing in the nursery.

Swan House 2
Whenever we go somewhere I usually only have a quick moment to look around, because, hey, I’m with a toddler. And you generally aren’t allowed to touch things in museums and other historical properties, which Walter loves to do. Before I snapped this picture Walt was as fascinated with the wicker toilet as I was.

We will definitely be back soon and often.



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