By Carlen Ruth Hultgren
In honor of Historic Preservation Month, and due to, the enormous response last year, EABA (East Atlanta Business Association), is again offering an East Atlanta Village (EAV) tour in partnership with BATL (the Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization, Inc.). The tour will be held Saturday, May 7 with a 10:00am start.
The tour travels along the front lines of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta to focal points in historic East Atlanta. It provides an action-packed overview of the historic battle while walking through its most contested land. Attendees will hear human stories of the battle. Guides, Henry Bryant and Katina Van Cronkite, authors of East Atlanta – Images of America, provide a realistic sense of troop movements while telling the tale of early history and growth of this important business junction at several key sites, as well as the families involved. The book will also be available to purchase when you purchase your tickets for the tour. Learn how this vibrant neighborhood made the journey from pioneer days through the Civil War conflict and into the Civil Rights era.
The tour takes about an hour and a half, and is a leisurely walk around the Village, behind, and in front of the lines where troops were moving on July 22, 1864. Tour goers will learn about the men who fought in this historic battle that changed the course of US history, the early settlers who forged a life here, and the citizens who brought business and commerce to the area, planting the seeds to grow this unique community.
The tour starts and ends at the Historic Madison Theater on Flat Shoals, giving participants the opportunity to discover its history and learn about the recent efforts to restore, and once again include it as a viable member of the EAV business district.
Advance ticket purchase is required to attend. Participation is limited to twenty-five attendees. Last year the tour sold out quickly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to purchase tickets.