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Flat Rock: A Story of Roots and Resilience

Today, the T. A. Bryant, Sr. house sits in a patch of rural land at the very eastern edge of metropolitan Atlanta. This small house and homestead are a key part of DeKalb County’s African-American history: T. A. Bryant was a pivotal figure in the community of Flat Rock. This unassuming homestead – a mix […]

Spring Preview: What’s Blooming at Arabia Mountain?

Monadnock Madness is on the horizon! With our annual hiking and outdoors celebration beginning in just a few weeks, we wanted to give y’all a preview of what you can expect at Arabia Mountain. So, we took a hike with Ranger Robby to get an overview and here’s what we learned: Spring comes earlier at […]

It’s Photography Season at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area!

The lunar landscapes of Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain, as well as the lush forests and meadows found throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA), cry out to be photographed. But we want to leave no trace and keep these wild spaces beautiful for future visitors when we’re getting that perfect shot. Here’s how […]

Monadnock Madness – What’s that? Here’s a refresh:

Every year, we celebrate the three major Atlanta-area monadnocks – Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain and Stone Mountain – with a month long series of events called Monadnock Madness. This outdoor extravaganza includes mountaintop yoga, photography workshops, and the Triple Hike Challenge, in which hikers summit all three monadnocks in one day. Along with these main […]

Winter Hikes & Winter Wildlife

Every season in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area offers its own wonder and winter is no exception. The bare monadnocks feel all the more otherworldly in the colder months, when many of the trees have lost their leaves, and the spring plants have died to be replaced by winter flora. And that’s not to […]

Want A Hand Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution? We’re Here To Help!

We all make plenty of resolutions at the beginning of the year: to exercise more, to eat better, to spend time outside. If you made resolutions to be more active, to learn more about local history, or just to get out in the Arabia Mountain NHA, we are here to help. Check out the list […]

Welcome to the AMNHA

The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (or AMNHA) spans 400 million years of natural and human history right outside of Atlanta, GA. Whether you’re just visiting for the big game or a long-time resident who wants to get out of town for the weekend, the AMNHA welcomes you. An otherworldly landscape awaits – with no […]

Vaughters’ Barn Stabilization a Success

Following a month of work, stabilization of historic Vaughters’ Barn – the iconic white-painted structure located off of Klondike Road – is complete. The building required significant renovations to fix years of wear and tear, the result of aging materials and the elements. Now that construction has finished, the Barn and meadow loop trail are […]

Arabia Alliance celebrates the lives of two community leaders

Rev. T.A. Bryant and Jim Read were pillars in forming the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Flat Rock Archives co-founder/board member Rev. Theodore A. (T.A.) Bryant Jr. was a community leader and a strong advocate of preserving and sharing the rich history of one of the oldest African American communities in Georgia. In the early 1800s, […]

The Best in This Section: A Short History of the Lithonia Soccer Club, 1907-1928

Author: Patrick Sullivan For many, soccer’s origins in Atlanta began with the arrival of the Chiefs in 1967. Yet the sport’s history in the metropolitan area can be traced back to the late nineteenth century and was closely tied to the growing DeKalb County granite industry in the quarries at Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain, […]