Historic landmarks and stunning vistas
Once part of a quarry, Arabia Mountain is now protected as part of the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. This otherworldly rock outcrop is a monadnock, a geologic formation that has the seen the ground around it erode away, leaving the mountain we know and love today.
A pristine monadnock ecosystem filled with beautiful and rare plant species, Panola Mountain is one of the natural wonders of the National Heritage Area and is recognized as a National Natural Landmark, due to its rarity and ecological significance.
Located in the shadow of Panola Mountain, the Lyon Homestead offers insight into the lives of Georgia’s early white farmers as well as the enslaved people who created resilient communities following emancipation.
T. A. Bryant, Sr. Homestead
This unassuming homestead was the home of one of the historic Flat Rock community’s leaders: T. A. Bryant, Sr. Built in 1917, this house and the surrounding homestead (including a barn and various other outbuildings) are a central part of the history of Flat Rock.
The Parker House
The oldest home in Rockdale County is an important part of the tapestry of human history found in the National Heritage Area. Built around 1822, the Parker House is a relic of white settlement along what was at that time the Georgia frontier.
DeKalb County was at one point the dairy capital of Georgia. As the county rapidly urbanized throughout the 20th century, dairyman S. B. Vaughters’ sought a different future for his land. Today, we can all enjoy the meadow and historic barn he left behind.
Lithonia Woman’s Club
The Lithonia Woman’s Club, founded in 1924, gave women the ability to impact their community at a time when they were excluded from elected government and business; the club also housed DeKalb County’s first public library.
Klondike National Register Historic District
Located in formerly-rural DeKalb County, the community of Klondike contains some of the oldest buildings in the National Heritage Area.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit Abbey Church
Described as “Georgia’s most remarkable concrete building,” the Abbey Church was built by hand by the monks of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit
City of Lithonia National Register Historic District
Wander through Lithonia, which arose as a bustling quarry town and today retains its historic character.