The City that Stone Built
Wander through Lithonia, which arose as a bustling quarry town and today retains its historic character.
Lithonia arose in the late 19th century, serving as the hub for the booming granite industry. Granite was sent from Lithonia to build structures around the world, including the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Many skilled and unskilled workers moved to Lithonia to work in local quarries after the Civil War with whites, blacks, and immigrants from Europe working in the area’s bustling quarries. The Lithonia National Historic District is filled with buildings from this time period, many made from local granite.
You can start your tour of Lithonia by starting at the Ruth Carroll Dally Johnson Interpretive Garden, located at 2564 Wiggins Street. This pocket park includes the Historical Gateway to the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, and is located next to the historic Lithonia Woman’s Club.