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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Best Spring Hikes for Every Level

Spring brings warmer temps, longer days, flowering forests and fantastic hiking weather. Hike our top ten favorite Spring hikes in Georgia to waterfalls, wildflowers and stunning summit views.

Red Carpet Ready

Your local monadnocks are decked out in red this spring, so now is the perfect time to see this yearly spectacle! Diamorpha may be only a few inches tall, but it makes up for its size with profusion and boldness.  Most of the solution pits at the top of Arabia Mountain are covered in the […]

Dramatic Diamorpha

Local monadnocks are rolling out the red carpet for you in April. Once each year a rare plant, diamorpha smallii, turns an eye-catching red before donning pure, white flowers. Although it is only a couple inches tall, this show-stopping plant blankets the mountain pools at Arabia with crimson. If you trek to the top of Panola Mountain you’ll be treated to isolated pools in a sea of green lichens and moss.

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, […]

Join Us For Public Archaeology at the Lyon Farm

We have reached our limit for participants!  Please email us to be added to our contact list for updates on future digs. You can help archaeologists on an exciting journey in search of clues to the history of an all but forgotten community. About the project: The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) is partnering with the […]

New Home Needed; Shallow Pit Preferred

Finding a new home for an endangered plant species isn’t easy. Especially when that tiny plant prefers to live in a cozy pool on a granite monadnock. In early December, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve began an excavation to create new granite pool habitats for two critically imperiled plant species: the federally threatened pool sprite (Amphianthus […]