The city of Atlanta has experienced many historic moments over the years. Guests to Atlanta can take in these exciting historic sites and see firsthand where history was made. History buffs should be sure to leave room in their travel itinerary for the following places of interest:
The King Center
At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site, The King Center is visited by more than a million people annually. It is the official living memorial dedicated to the advancement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. At The King Center, founded in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, you’ll find Freedom Hall, the Eternal Flame, Dr. King’s birth home, Dr. King’s crypt, and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The visitor center screens a 30-minute movie about Dr. King’s life and impacts on the Civil Rights Movement. It also includes a library and historic archives. The Center strives to provide education through exploration.
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum at Carter Center
This presidential library and museum consist of an archive holding 27 million pages of Carter White House material. In addition, it houses a half-million photographs, hundreds of hours of film, audio, and video. Visitors can feel like they are part of U.S. history when they step inside the Oval Office replica or view Head of State gifts.
A popular site for the city residents and visitors alike, at the Carter Center you can stroll through its wooded 35-acre park. The grounds feature a Circle of Flags from all 50 states, Koi pond, formal gardens, cut flower gardens, a beautiful rose garden, a Japanese garden, cherry orchard, and waterfalls nestled between two small lakes.
Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Visit where Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margaret Mitchell wrote her masterpiece Gone With the Wind at a historic two-acre site in midtown Atlanta. The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum include her house and apartment which guests can tour, as well as a visitor center, exhibition gallery, Gone With the Wind movie museum, and museum shop.
Fans who want to experience more of the book and Academy Award-winning movie’s history can enjoy metro Atlanta’s other Gone With the Wind attractions. In Jonesboro, visit The Road to Tara Museum, which manages a large collection of memorabilia from the movie and book. Also, be sure to visit the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square. It is a captivating site featuring the Bengali gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett during the honeymoon scene in the movie. Lastly, if interested in paying respects to Mitchell, visit the Historic Oakland Cemetery.