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Buckhead may be a huge, exciting and active section of Metro Atlanta today, but Buckhead Heritage is dedicated to showcasing its rich history as a rural settlement and crossroads of many cultures. On today’s Around Atlanta episode of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio, co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick are joined by Richard Waterhouse, executive director, and Chad Wright, board member and former vice president with the Buckhead Heritage Society.
The Buckhead Heritage Society was founded in 2006 by Tamara Bazzle and Wright Mitchell, who was out for a run one afternoon on West Paces Ferry and Chatham Road when he spotted an obelisk shape sticking out of some foliage and ivy on a corner lot. He went over the pull the ivy away and realized there was a cemetery beneath all of the foliage. Bazzle, Mitchell and Bob Helget realized they shared an interest in preserving the historic sections of this hustling and bustling Atlanta community and this resulted in the Buckhead Heritage Society.
The mission of Buckhead Heritage is to identify, preserve and protect all of Buckhead’s rich and diverse history. Today, when Atlantans speak of Buckhead, they are speaking of a bustling city with a highly successful business and commercial district and wealthy citizens. However, the area has a rich history dating all the way back to the 1800s, when it was a rural settler community. Buckhead Heritage’s goal is to bring the focus to those places around the community that highlight the early history of Buckhead.
One of the things Buckhead Heritage does to highlight Buckhead’s history is taking care of its cemeteries, like Harmony Grove, the one discovered by Mitchell, and Mount Olive on Pharr Road. Buckhead Heritage cleans and cares for the cemetery and creates signage for the cemetery so that anyone who sees it can easily learn more about it. The Buckhead Heritage Society takes a particular interest in cemeteries because they tell the stories of the community and its citizens before Buckhead became the hub of Atlanta that it is today.
Buckhead Heritage also hosts various programs throughout the year, including planned book club gatherings, an upcoming program focusing on Atlanta’s Limelight club, and “The Edge of Two Nations,” a program that will highlight the settling of Buckhead and the mixing of the Cherokee nation and Creek nation at its dividing boundary, the Chattahoochee River.
To learn more about Buckhead Heritage or to become a member, visit www.BuckheadHeritage.com.
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