Buckhead Heritage Society
Buckhead Heritage sponsors a variety of events throughout the year that relate to the history of Buckhead. Active Members are given priority of attendance, but most events will be open to the public when space is available. Join our E-vent email list by clicking here, and be the first to know what’s coming.
March Book Club Meeting
March 21, 2019 7:00 pm
For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America written by Dale W. Laackman. The author will be traveling to Atlanta to discuss the careers of Bessie Tyler and her business partner, Edward Y. Clarke, who are the focus of the book. It is the story how two brilliant and talented Atlantans could change the face of America purely in the name of greed. They were amoral con artists of the first degree. We can learn from their actions to assure it cannot happen again. Bessie Tyler became very wealthy and built a Buckhead home now on the National Register, where Buckhead Heritage held their Holiday Party. This book club gathering is free to members, please register on Buckhead Heritage’s website at www.buckheadheritage.com or call (404) 467-9447. The author has graciously donated books for the first 15 members that register for this event. Location in Buckhead will be confirmed to attendees after registration.
To register for this event, click here.
Phoenix Flies New Hope Church Event
March 23, 2019
New Hope Church, 3012 Arden Road 11:30 – 4pm Short presentations and guided tours at 12 and 2pm
Buckhead Heritage will participate in the citywide Phoenix Flies program organized by the Atlanta Preservation Center with tours of the history of New Hope Church dating back to the late 1800’s. The congregation will host a BBQ for visitors. There is no charge for this event, although donations to the church will be welcome. No registration required.
Mansions, Gardens, and Ghosts: Buckhead History and Secrets Tour
April 28, 2019 3pm-7:30pm
Atlanta International School
Guests will gather for drinks before embarking on a history-themed bus tour that will lead them on an adventure-filled afternoon through Buckhead.
Buckhead Historians will emcee guests riding in comfortable 26 passenger busses on a tour through a Buckhead not typically seen or experienced. En route, guests will hear little known stories and fun facts about Buckhead, and notable Buckhead historical figures in period costume will entertain and inform participants at various spots along the way, while refreshments will be served en route. Mystery stops included.
At the end of the tour, guests will return to the festivities at the historic Philp Shutze designed Atlanta International School for a casual dinner and a rousing closing celebration. Guests will compete for prizes in a Buckhead Secret History competition, cheered on by the Buckhead historical figures they met on their tour.
Patron signup now available for this event, click here.
February 28, 2019, 6 to 8:30 pm
Private residence on Andrews Drive
This is a Patrons level only cocktail buffet at a gorgeous Buckhead designers private home on Andrews Dr. Enjoy music, drinks and a buffet catered by Soiree as you mingle with friends. A brief preservation talk will be included, and there is no charge for this event.
Buckhead Historic Treasures
Garden Hills, Peachtree Heights East & Peachtree Hills
February 19, 2019 6:30pm
Buckhead Heritage will discuss their ongoing project to collect and archive Buckhead historic resources and their current entries for these three neighborhoods. We will talk about history of these areas, discuss what is and is not currently in our archives, and our plans for additions in 2019. Over 650 Historic Places throughout Buckhead, mapped by neighborhood and street, grouped into 24 themes like Architecture, Social, Military are currently on our website. Future updates will include expanded online features and additional survey entries. Persons interested in local history and learning more about Buckhead neighborhoods are invited to this free program at Garden Hills Elementary School, 285 Sheridan Drive, Atlanta, Ga 30305. There is limited disabled access. For further information about the gathering, please contact Executive Director Richard Waterhouse at (404) 467-9447 or email@example.com.
Mount Olive Cemetery Clean Up, January 21, 2019
On Martin Luther King. Jr. Day (1/21/19), Buckhead Heritage and over 60 Atlanta International School supporters will clean up Mount Olive Cemetery.
January Book Club Meeting
January 24, 2019 7:00 pm
The next book club will review Prohibition in Atlanta: Temperance, Tiger Kings & White Lightning written by Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle. The group will gather at the Mathieson Exchange Lofts in Buckhead. The authors will discuss Georgia’s protracted and intense battle, that changed the industrial and social landscape of Atlanta and unleashed a flood of Illegal liquor that continually flowed in the wettest city in the South. Book club events are free, please register below.
Buckhead Heritage book club events are hosted at our office (Mathieson Lofts, 3180 Mathieson Dr, Atlanta 30305) or at a Buckhead historical site related to the book. We read and discuss books relevant to our area history, and there is no charge for our members.
2018 Holiday Party
Thursday December 13th, 2018
A rare opportunity to see this historic Buckhead home while gathered with friends at the 2018 Buckhead Heritage Society Annual Holiday Party. Guests will gather to celebrate the holidays with an evening of drinks, music and dining starting at 7 p.m.
The Eaton home on Howell Mill Road, built in 1921, was originally known as the Mary Elizabeth Tyler house. It is a Classical Revival-style residence that features a two-story pediment portico supported by massive Corinthian columns. The central entrance is bordered by sidelights and capped by a fanlight. A one-story porch stretches the length of the primary façade and wraps around both sides of the home. Rear additions were made to the residence in 1977 and 2000. The House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Honorary Co-Chairs Melody & Joe Thomas
Event Co-Chairs Christy Morris & Charlotte Margolin
To register for this event, click here
Special thanks for centerpiece to Michal Evans Flora and Event Planning
Betsy and Scott Akers
Tamara and Ken Bazzle
Ann and John Beach
Sherri and Jesse Crawford
Elizabeth and Mark Feidler
Sandy and Dave Ferguson
Bonnie and Bob Helget
Antonia and Wright Mitchell
Mary Lu and Wade Mitchell
Christy and John Morris
Stephanie and Austin Stephens
Melody and Joe Thomas
Beckie and John Amos
Barbara and Frank Bazzel
Virginia Groves Beach
Sheila and Howard Benson
Jane and Dameron Black
Suzette and Stan Brading
Katharine and Alan Elsas
Mary Ann and Hunter Groton
Penny and George Hart
Blanchette and Frank Maier
Tracy Gray Monk
Mary M. Patton
Ann and Fay Pearce
Christie and Chad Wright
To register for this event, click here.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MAYOR SAM MASSELL
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Buckhead Historian Thornton Kennedy will interview Sam Massell on Thursday, November 1st, 7 p.m. at the Atlanta International School Early Education Center. Thornton will lead Sam in discussing his rich life and how important Buckhead has been to him all these years Highlights from Mayor Massell’s career include:
While Mayor, he and his administration are credited with establishing MARTA, with developing the city’s first enclosed arena, the Omni Coliseum, and with the building of “Five Points” Woodruff Park, all with no call on ad valorem taxes
Spending twenty years as a Realtor, becoming Vice President of Allan-Grayson Realty Company, then one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in Atlanta
OCTOBER BOOK CLUB GATHERING FOR MEMBERS ONLY, October 4, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
The third free book club gathering for members-only was held Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. The book discussed was Play it Again, Sam: The Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor, by Charles McNair.
Sam Massell, a great supporter of Buckhead Heritage and an Emeritus Board Member, has lived an extraordinary life. McNair notes Massell has “excelled in four careers, including twenty-two years in elected offices, thirteen years in the tourism industry, and is now in his thirtieth year of association management”.
He was Atlanta’s first Jewish mayor in 1970 and changed the landscape of the city by creating Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission, establishing MARTA, and appointing the first woman to the City Council.
Buckhead Heritage Society Patrons Tour of Governors Mansion
9.20.2018 | GA Governors Mansion
CIVIL WAR MONUMENTS LECTURE, September 9, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
Robert Price, longtime volunteer and Trustee at Oakland Cemetery, will talk about his many years of researching, documenting, and photographing Civil War monuments in the United States. He has over 110,000 digital images in his collection. Bob has a lifetime interest in the Civil War and feels that his photos will serve as resources for the public and for historians who study the meaning and the perception of these monuments in an ever changing society. His talk will begin promptly in the Bobby Jones Room, Bell Tower, Oakland Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 with a tour of the Civil War sites in Oakland after the presentation. Refreshments will be served between the presentation and the tour. Non-members: $20.00 & Members: $10.00.
Please note the stairs to the upstairs Bobby Jones Room in the Bell Tower, are very steep and not accessible for a wheel chair or walker.
THE LIMELIGHT-HOTLANTA-OH MY!
Sanctuary Night Club, Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7 p.m.
Buckhead Heritage’s much-anticipated Limelight program is coming August 22nd. We’ll welcome former Limelight staff members:
· Duncan Black, Bouncer
· Guy D’Alema, Public Relations and House Photographer
· Brian Rouleau, General Manager
We’ll hear stories from this amazing club and era in Buckhead’s history, and Guy will be projecting photos from his recent book LIMELIGHT … in a sixtieth of a second. Rumor has it that many of our Buckhead Heritage Board Members still have their Limelightoutfits, and everyone brave enough is encouraged to dress the part. If we show a picture of you during the program and you’re willing to claim it, you might even get a free drink. Of course, there’ll be a chance to show off your old disco moves, too. But no dancing on the speakers!
JULY BOOK CLUB GATHERING FOR MEMBERS ONLY, July 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
Buckhead Heritage Executive Director Richard Waterhouse will lead the second free book club series for members-only on Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. The book being discussed will be City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future by Mark Pendergrast.
Pendergrast, a native Atlanta who now lives in Vermont, writes about the importance of the beltline and how “it will complete a twenty-two mile loop encircling downtown, transforming a massive ring of mostly defunct railways into a series of stunning parks connected by trails and streetcars.” The book was selected because Buckhead will be an important part of the beltline.
Waterhouse, who lived on the beltline and walked many parts of it, will lead a discussion about whether the concept of the beltline has worked and whether the ambitious project can be completed by 2030.
Grave Landscapes: The Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movements
Buckhead Heritage is honored to have former Executive Director Erica Danylchak to talk about the book she co-authored with the late James R. Cothran called “Grave Landscapes: The Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movements”.
The lecture will be at St. Philips Cathedral, Gould Room, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.
Erica will discuss the inspiration for rural cemeteries, their physical evolution, the nature of the landscapes they inspired, and the value of these cemeteries in the 21st century.
Buckhead’s Hidden Secrets 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt
5.5.2018 | Atlanta International School (aka North Fulton)
David Cruz Lecture on Native Americans
4.15.2018 | Lovett School Auditoreum
Book Club Meeting on Leo Frank
Phoenix Flies Tour and Talk
3.27.2018 | Harmony Grove Cemetery
3.1.2018 | Goodrum House and Spotswood Hall
Buckhead Heritage Society
3180 Mathieson Drive, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30305