The City of Stone Mountain in DeKalb County is the site of a state park, museum and, of course, the famous giant carving that commemorates the military leaders of the confederacy. The town was named Stone Mountain because it is the largest exposed granite dome in North America.
A great deal of history makes up the city of Stone Mountain. In 1834, a post office was created on Old Augusta Road, and a hotel was built by Andrew Johnson in 1836. Around the same time, Aaron Cloud built an observation tower at the summit of the mountain. Many visitors traveled far and wide to the area by rail and road to walk up 1.1 miles to the top, where Cloud also had a restaurant and club. The historic train depot in Stone Mountain is a must-see and is home to the former city hall and police department. In 1856, the south wing of the depot was built. It wasn’t until 1914 that the north wing was added. This is the oldest structure that was burned by General Sherman during the Civil War that is still in use.
Still today, the City of Stone Mountain has many visitors from around the world come to Stone Mountain Park to engage in the attractions, shows, entertainment, recreation, golf, shopping and dining.
According to Trulia, an online website for home listings, there are 1,214 homes listed to buy in the price range of$25,000to $829,000 and there are 269 homes listed to rent ranging from $435 to $3,800 a month.
All of these listings are convenient to all that the City of Stone Mountain has to offer. Aside from all that the national park features, there are also plenty of other things to do around the city.
Shopping and Dining
• Stone Mountain Pizza Café. Ranked number two out of 61 restaurants in the area, Stone Mountain Pizza Cafe is a family-oriented pizza joint. The menu includes a variety of freshly made pretzels, salads, pizza, hot sandwich options and lasagna.
• Crossroads. A southern village where shoppers can watch artisans demonstrate the time- honored and nearly forgotten hand crafts of glass blowing, candle making, and blacksmithing, Crossroads is a must-do in Stone Mountain.
• Metro Café Diner. This café received a certificate of excellence in 2013 for its fantastic Greek cuisine. The menu includes its famous Greek Moussaka, Greek Gyro Platter, Spnanakopita and American food such as country fried steak.
• Frontera Mex-Mex Grill. A good place to enjoy with the family, Frontera has outdoor seating available. The menu includes a variety of choices such as Homestyle Gucamole, Light Chicken Wrap, Parrilla Grilled Chicken, Tampiquena Steak, Carne Asada, Alambre, Light Salmon Wrap and Citrus Salmon.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Stone Mountain Carving. A huge carving of three confederate heroes, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, this site is gorgeous.
• Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park. There is nothing quite like this show anywhere else. You can bring your own blanket or chairs to the show, and it is a free admission when you present a $10 parking ticket.
• Geyser Towers. Multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser. Geyser Towers offer plenty of room for adults and is the perfect amount of excitement for the kids.
• Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk, and families can follow the yellow line and enjoy the unique scenery and beautiful views. Guests can see 60 miles from the mountain once on top, which is 1,686 feet above sea level.
• Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard. This collection of original buildings from around the State of Georgia was built between 1783 -1875. All have been moved from their original locations and carefully restored to preserve their authenticity and historical value. Make sure to take the kids to the farmyard where they can pet the animals.
• Stone Mountain Historic District. A rare surviving historic railroad town, this intact community contains nearly every major element of railroad town in Georgia, including homes of town founders, rail line, central business district and community landmark buildings.
• ART Station. In 1986, a few dedicated individuals set out to create a non-profit arts center to explore, teach and
share the arts with all people. Guests can see an old trolley car barn and power station in the Stone Mountain Village that was purchased by ART Station in 1987. The name ART Station comes from a 1913 photograph of a trolley car with the wording of “Atlanta Rapid Transit” written on the side of the car.
Have fun at Stone Mountain today, and make this beautiful place your next home. For more information on DeKalb County new homes, click here.