Archives: Historic Sites

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 […]

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 […]

Project Updates: Vaughters’ Barn Conservation

Water damage, structural factors, and general wear and tear have necessitated stabilization of the historic Vaughters’ Barn, a building that is part of Panola Mountain State Park. Work began in late October and will continue through the fall. Check below for updates. Above: Vaughters’ Barn prior to renovations. 12/3/18: After weeks of work, we are glad to […]

Project Updates: Lyon Farmhouse Stabilization

Stabilization work has begun on the historic Lyon Farmhouse, part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. This project will secure the aging structure and open the door to future education and conservation programs at the site.  Above: Lyon Farmhouse prior to renovation. 11/9/18: Stabilization work has begun on the foundations and main beams of […]

Preservation in Progress – Lyon Farmhouse

Stabilization work on the historic Lyon Farmhouse, part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, will begin in late October 2018. This work will secure the aging structure and open the door to future education and conservation programs at the site. Initially built in the 1820’s (and then expanded in 1853 and again in 1893), […]

Preservation In Progress – Vaughters’ Barn

Vaughters’ Barn, an iconic remnant of DeKalb County’s rural past and a centerpiece of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA), will soon be getting a makeover. Water damage, structural factors, and general wear and tear have necessitated stabilization of the building that sits on an agricultural landscape that is part of Panola Mountain State […]

Modern Day Detectives Dig in on a Classic Mystery

This little three-wheeler may look like a stripped-down baby stroller. But what you’re really seeing is a high-tech tool that allows archaeologists to see underground. It’s like an X-ray machine for your front yard. The boxes and wires make up what’s called ground-penetrating radar (GPR). The signal bounces off objects underground and gives archaeologists an […]

Own a Piece of History

A secret passageway, shaded gardens, and expansive covered porches are just some of the highlights of the historic Johnson House. For the first time, this exceptional gem is for sale. Built in 1856 for a local merchant, the house and gardens sit in the heart of downtown Lithonia within the AMNHA. The setting is perfect […]

New Chapter for Historic Farm

The historic Vaughters’ Farmhouse on Klondike Road is again bustling with activity.  The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance has completed a rehabilitation for National Heritage Area operations. In conjunction with the PATH Foundation and Georgia State Parks, the property will soon have a new trailhead linking directly to 33 miles of dedicated hike/bike trails. The […]

Lithonia Walk About Tour

The roots of the City of Lithonia run deep. Explorers can discover the remains of the first public African American school in DeKalb County, two historic churches founded in the 1860s, and local shops. Use the Walk About map to create your own self-guided tour of this community. After you enjoy the sites in Lithonia, […]