I celebrated Thanksgiving in the sprawling metropolis of
Atlanta, Georgia, where new buildings and monster highways are under
construction at a Seattle rate.
Escaping the frantic pace of six lane speedways, I spent most of my time
in gracious households and thought provoking museums. Autumn was in full bloom
with rusty, gold, yellow and brilliant red trees radiating warm light under a
cool cobalt sky.
neighborhood was rolling and forested, fitted with craftsman style homes built of
wood, stone, and brick.
components contrasted agreeably with the bark and leaves of the towering
Wide porches and white picket
fences looked ideal in the rustic setting, very southern comfortable.
I walked the dog twice a day; she rested peacefully on the
|Peggy Sue resting|
The backyard of my host is her creative pallet. In the balmy weather, I helped dig out root
bound plants while leaves fell to the ground and wind rustled in the trees
overhead. So pretty was the yard from
every angle, it was a joy to be immersed in nature.
|Deer in the Backyard|
A visit to the Atlanta History Center was well worth the
trip. Indoors, artifacts tell the story
of the Civil War and other important Georgia historical events. Outdoors, groomed pathways wind through wooded
terrain dotted with historical buildings. Peopled with re-enactors, period
gardens and farm animals important for survival at the turn of the century, all
paths lead to the centerpiece, historic Swan House. Built in 1928, Swan House is an Atlanta
landmark. Open to the public, a walk through the restored house is an
opportunity to experience classic architecture and décor of the 1920s and
|Swan House, Atlanta, Georgia|
Historic buildings in downtown Marietta have survived
the test of time and are still in use.
On Marietta Square, the art nouveau Strand Theatre is a bright beacon
for the community. A MONUMENT DEVOTED
TO THE BEST IN MUSIC PHOTOPLAYS AND THEATRICAL ARTS is engraved in bold letters
on the façade. Around the corner, the First Baptist Church, built in 1892,
looks good as new. Made of Georgia
granite and marble, the design is a hybrid of Gothic and Roman architecture.
|Strand Theatre, Marietta, Georgia|
|First Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia|
Fantastic sketches, Kathleen -- looks like you had a great trip!ReplyDelete
It does look like you both stepped into another era and away from the frantic holiday pace. Really nice story, Kathleen.ReplyDelete
Thank you! History comes alive in Atlanta.ReplyDelete