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Flat Rock: History and Resilience

Flat Rock is one of the oldest African-American communities in Georgia, with a history of resilience that stretches back over 150 years. Here are some fast facts to introduce you to this historically significant community: Comedian Chris Tucker and former NFL Quarterback Warren Moon are descendants of the Flat Rock community. One of Flat Rock’s […]

A Day of Daisies: 2019 Recap

On Sunday, September 22nd, hikers conquered three mountains and saw dozens of blooming yellow daisies. The second annual Daisy Days Triple Hike began at Stone Mountain (the largest of the three monadnocks) then went to Arabia (the oldest) and finished at Panola Mountain (the most pristine). Hikers ended the day with some well-earned s’mores and […]

Daisy Days is Coming!

Our Daisy Days Triple Hike is coming up soon. This Triple Hike – where we summit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountain all in one day – celebrates the vibrant yellow daisies that bloom on the mountains this time of year. Take a peek below for a preview of what the Daisy Days Triple Hike looks […]

Arabia Alliance Honored at Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference

This week, staff of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance (the nonprofit coordinator of the National Heritage Area) spent three days in LaGrange, GA, at the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. We learned about everything from social media strategies to the importance of public art and even brainstormed new tourism slogans. We also enjoyed local […]

Barren Rock? Not So Much

Look at the metro-Atlanta monadnocks (the granite mountains of Stone, Arabia and Panola) and you’ll see what looks like a mass of barren stone. Look closer, though, and you’ll see a rich array of biodiversity, especially when it comes to plants. These seemingly barren mountains are actually filled with plants found almost nowhere else on […]

We Love Books!

This weekend, you’ll find us far away from the quiet hills and historic sites of the AMNHA: we’ll have a booth in the heart of the bustling Decatur Book Festival! We love books (almost) as much as we love the National Heritage Area, and we’ll be giving out our Junior Ranger booklets so kids can […]

A Daisy Days Preview with Ranger Taylor

With Daisy Days on the horizon, we joined Panola Mountain State Park Assistant Park Manager Taylor Aluko for a preview of what to expect at Panola as the yellow daisies bloom. Panola Mountain’s daisies haven’t started blooming yet – we’re still in the thick of summer – but as Ranger Taylor guided us across the […]

200 Years of History, 90 Feet of Paper

On a hot August Saturday, Johnny Waits stood with two assistants outside of the historic T. A. Bryant, Sr. Homestead, unrolling a 90-foot-long sheet of paper. Waits is President and Co-Founder of the Flat Rock Archives, an organization that preserves the history of one of Flat Rock, one of the oldest African-American communities in Georgia. […]

What’s a Daisy?

Every year in September, an explosion of yellow flowers covers granite outcrops such as Arabia and Panola Mountains. These are yellow daisies (Helianthus porteri) and they are one of the fall wonders within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Here are some sun facts about these vibrant flowers: Yellow daisies are related to sunflowers. They […]

Walk through a Green Gateway

A newly designed garden celebrating Lithonia’s rich and impactful history opened to the public on Friday, July 26. Officials and community members from the City of Lithonia, DeKalb County and the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance gathered at the Ruth Carroll Dally Johnson Interpretive Garden (located at 2564 Wiggins Street) on Friday morning to announce […]