Friday, September 24, 2010

Walk it Out for History

Remember how I was recently talking about Buckhead being a neighborhood underneath its stigma of being simply a huge touristy shopping and restaurant district? Well, last weekend, we set out to discover just exactly how neighborhoody we could be.

Struck with the urge to explore a bit and also get some Vitamin-D and a stretch of the legs, we set off one afternoon on the mile or so walk over to the Atlanta History Center. Why walk, you ask? Well, it's really quite silly to drive the single mile over there, honestly. If we lived in NYC, we wouldn't be caught dead getting out a car to go that small of a distance!

Have you ever been to the AHC before? If you have just driven past it on West Paces all these years without being inside, you are missing out on a true in-town gem right in our backyards.

I first hit up the AHC last year with my brother for a Dr. Seuss traveling exhibit (see pictures to right. We crashed the kid's playroom and played with the mini puppets haha). While that show was definitely worth our trip, we were amazed to discover all the other exhibits inside the sprawling building.

What grabbed our eye then, and then did again over the weekend, was a Civil War exhibit that walks you through the years of the War from start to finish. Whether your interest is in the uniforms and supplies, the mass quantities and varieties of weapons used by the soldiers, or how the women spent their days at home waiting for their men, you will love this exhibit. It takes about an hour to go through the whole thing, but I honestly could go back again, because there were a lot of signs and displays I didn't fully inspect.

The other great exhibit at the AHC right now is the Metropolitan Frontiers exhibit. This takes you through Atlanta's history, starting with log cabin times right up to the Connector and Spaghetti Junction. I am a sucker for city history, and love seeing what familiar streets, homes, and buildings looked like back then. Seeing the city's skyline morph while learning more about what the residents were doing in those days was really interesting for me.

So, fellow neighbors, I dare you to walk to the AHC sometime soon -- don't drive. It's right around the corner, and you can do like we did and stop by Fado on the way home for some Sunday afternoon beers. Tickets are $16.50 for adults, but if you are a member at other participating area attractions, you can save $3 off through the end of September.

In my mind, there is no better way to spend a lazy weekend than learning more about our neighborhood, and perhaps enjoying a cold one or two :)


Bela Naomi said...

was that Dr. Seuss? or Sesame Street?

That place really is awesome. We actually really wanted to use it for our wedding at one point, but for a few reasons opted away from it. The grounds are gorgeous.

If you were a school child in GA, you probably visited the tully smith house on a field trip ;-)