Outdoors for All: An Interview with Latinxhikers Co-Founder Luz Lituma

Outdoors for All: An Interview with Latinxhikers Co-Founder Luz Lituma

Published: Jul 22, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Culture & Community, Field Notes, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

Latinxhikers hike participants on top of Arabia Mountain. Photo: Chris Restrepo. Latinxhikers is an organization devoted to diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. We sat down with Co-Founder Luz Lituma (the other Co-Founder is Adriana Garcia) after a hike and talked about the organization, what they do, and why they love Arabia Mountain. Arabia Alliance: […]

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Swingin’ and Singin’: The Music of the Lithonia Country Club

Swingin’ and Singin’: The Music of the Lithonia Country Club

Published: Jul 16, 2020   |   Author: Sarah Lisle   |   Category: Culture & Community, Early Settlement, Field Notes, Historic Sites   |   No Comments

The Lithonia Country Club, now gone, was an important part of African-American life in the Atlanta area during of the 20th century. This music venue and gathering place hosted musicians who have now become iconic parts of American history: Little Richard, B. B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Elmore James, and many more. According to some performers, […]

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Family Photography at Arabia Mountain

Family Photography at Arabia Mountain

Published: Jul 16, 2020   |   Author: Revonda Cosby   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Photo by Kristina Sv Photography (@kristinasvphotography). Thanks Kristina! Are you a professional photographer looking for great photo sites, or a family wanting to get photos to remember? Arabia Mountain and Vaughters’ Barn, especially, are popular for photoshoots. These shoots do require a permit from park rangers, so we’ve put together this infographic to answer any […]

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From B. B. King to Beauty Queens

From B. B. King to Beauty Queens

Published: Jul 2, 2020   |   Author: Sarah Lisle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

At a dirt-floored dance hall far from the bustling streets of Atlanta, people raced, reveled and made merry. This place was the Lithonia Speedway and the accompanying Country Club, tucked into the rural expanse outside of downtown Lithonia. During the mid-1900’s, the Club and Speedway were a center of Black entertainment in the Atlanta area, […]

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National Park Sites in Atlanta and Beyond

National Park Sites in Atlanta and Beyond

Published: Jul 2, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Summer is here, and the outdoors have proven to be a safe place to get out of the house and take a breath of fresh air, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, there are a variety of National Parks open around Atlanta and beyond, not to mention Georgia’s wonderful State Parks. Here […]

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Is Arabia Mountain Open?

Is Arabia Mountain Open?

Published: Jul 1, 2020   |   Author: Revonda Cosby   |   Category: Featured, Field Notes   |   No Comments

Cover photo from @ladyphotosmith on Instagram.  COVID-19 has impacted parks and sites throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Check out our answers to all of your questions below! What’s open, and what’s closed? Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) is CLOSED.  Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is OPEN. Please note that public programs are cancelled […]

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Volunteering at Flat Rock Archives

Volunteering at Flat Rock Archives

Published: Jun 25, 2020   |   Author: Sarah Lisle   |   Category: Field Notes, Historic Sites   |   No Comments

On Juneteenth, we joined Flat Rock Archives Co-Founder and President Johnny Waits for a virtual tour of the Flat Rock Historic Cemetery. Flat Rock is one of the oldest Black communities in Georgia, with a history of resilience that stretches before the Civil War. If you missed our virtual visit, no worries! You can catch […]

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

Published: Jun 18, 2020   |   Author: Revonda Cosby   |   Category: Featured, Field Notes   |   No Comments

Above: The Board of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance at Vaughters’ Farm. (Please note that this photo was taken prior to social distancing requirements.) In 2020, the celebration of Juneteenth – the holiday honoring the end of slavery in the United States – takes on special significance, given the ongoing protests against racial injustice […]

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History Harvest: Lyon Family

History Harvest: Lyon Family

Published: Jun 15, 2020   |   Author: Sarah Lisle   |   Category: Early Settlement, Field Notes, Historic Sites, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

History Harvest update! Thanks to Penny Thomas, we can share historic photos of members of the Lyon Family. The Lyons owned one of the first (and, today, oldest) homesteads in this area, dating back to the early 1800’s. The Lyon family continued to live at the Lyon Farm for over 150 years. “My grandmother, Lucille […]

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Behind the Scenes: Flat Rock Video Shoot

Behind the Scenes: Flat Rock Video Shoot

Published: Jun 11, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Historic Sites, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

We’ve been working on some videos about the Flat Rock Archives (forthcoming). While we’re getting the final videos ready, here’s a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the video shoot! Please note that we have been taking all the necessary precautions and maintaining social distance during filming. If you visit the National Heritage Area, please wear a […]

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Statement on Racial Justice

Statement on Racial Justice

Published: Jun 8, 2020   |   Author: Revonda Cosby   |   Category: Culture & Community, Field Notes   |   No Comments

Dear friends and supporters of the National Heritage Area: The history of race in America is both marred and defined by conflict and inequality. This national fault line has broken open again with the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. While Floyd’s death was the final spark that has ignited sweeping […]

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Is the National Heritage Area Open?

Is the National Heritage Area Open?

Published: May 27, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

COVID-19 has impacted parks and sites throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Check out our answers to all of your questions below! What’s open, and what’s closed? Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) is CLOSED.  Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is OPEN. Please note that public programs are cancelled and Nature Center is closed, however. […]

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