Poindexter Family Reunion
About the Atlanta Area
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Trace the Southern roots of your family’s history with all the generations of your present branch. Learn how the Poindexter saga relates to you, while you create a lifetime of memories for your following posterity, children and grandchildren.
Atlanta has worked hard and done well to earn its reputation as the entertainment and cultural center of the South. As a visitor, you will discover attractions that can only be found in Atlanta including Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Studio Tour, World of Coca-Cola and Stone Mountain Park. For your additional enjoyment, you can select from many theaters, museums, galleries, and concert halls to fit your particular interests. Sports fans will not be disappointed either, whether you’re a player (golf, tennis, etc.) or a cheerer (for the Atlanta Braves), you’ll find it here. If you are an outdoors person, Atlanta offers numerous parks for walking, biking, or just passing a lazy afternoon. To wet your appetite further, following are a few of Atlanta’s and her surrounding area’s special attractions described in a little more detail.
Atlanta’s Botanical Garden provides a peaceful oasis which includes 30 acres of gardens, an urban forest, an orchid display, wildflower trail, the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory and a glass-walled building housing more than 7,000 rare tropical and desert plants. A bridge links the main gardens to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children’s Garden, featuring programs, an amphitheatre, maze and waterfall. The new $4.8 million, 10,000 square-foot Orchid Center gives visitors an intimate look at a fabulous new collection of beautiful, rare and endangered orchids.
No trip to Atlanta would be complete without delving into Civil War history. The 100-year old Atlanta Cyclorama tells the history of the 1864 Battle of Atlanta through a massive circular painting and narrated dialogue. You can learn even more about Atlanta's role in the Civil War by visiting the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park featuring 11 miles of Union and Confederate earthworks marking Civil War sites. The Historic Oakland Cemetery serves as the final resting place for more than 3,900 Confederate soldiers, famous author Margaret Mitchell, golfing legend Bobby Jones, six Georgia governors and 25 Atlanta mayors, all right in Atlanta.
Above is the reality, so eloquently told in fiction’s “Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. Her story is the picture much of the world envisions when they think of Atlanta. To immerse yourself in the experience, start by touring the three-story, Tudor Revival mansion in Midtown where author Margaret Mitchell lived from 1925 to 1932 and wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The Margaret Mitchell House & Museum offers tours, a museum and museum shop. If you have a car, head north to Marietta's new "Gone With The Wind” Movie Museum that features the largest private collection of movie memorabilia. Another exceptional collection of “Gone With The Wind” memorabilia owned by Herb Bridges can be found at The Road To Tara Museum, located at the Jonesboro Depot Welcome Center in Clayton County.
If you are a true history buff, be sure to drop in at the Atlanta History Center. This Buckhead facility features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm, 1928 Swan House mansion and Swan Coach House restaurant. The museum features permanent exhibitions such as “Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones” and changing exhibitions on subjects such as the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art.
If you like to exercise when you are taking in the sites, an Atlanta Walking Tour is the perfect choice for you. A multitude of
tours are available for visitors, from historic neighborhoods to prominent buildings. The Atlanta Preservation Center offers guided walking tours of neighborhoods such as Ansley Park, a 230-acre residential district developed in 1904; Druid Hills, where you will find the home used in “Driving Miss Daisy;” Grant Park, with the antebellum Grant Mansion and beautiful park; Inman Park, one of Atlanta’s first garden suburbs; and historic Downtown.
Even if you’re not a top news anchor, you still can get in on all of the action of TV news making at the headquarters of CNN and Headline News. The tour includes the Control Room Theater, a look at CNN Español, the workings of the Special Effects Studio and the Main Newsroom. If you have a budding reporter in the family, this is a must see.
Tantalize your vision. The High Museum of Art displays European and American paintings, African art, decorative and 20th century art and traveling exhibits. For an international focus, visit the Atlanta International Museum or the Michael C. Carlos Museum which focuses on the art of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, the Americas, Egypt, Far East and Africa. The Clark Atlanta University Galleries has a large collection of African-American work. The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art focuses primarily on American art. The Atlanta Photography Group Gallery exhibits local and regional artists. For figurative and realist art, visit the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art or go to Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center for experimental and visual arts.
The Georgia Shakespeare Festival presents plays from June through October at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. The New American Shakespeare Tavern at 499 Peachtree Street, NE will be performing “As You Like It” during the week our reunion will be in Atlanta. And if you are coming early and bringing the younger set with you, The Center for Puppetry Arts will be presenting “Brer Rabbit and Friends” on Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18.
Native gold from Lumpkin County tops the dome of the Georgia State Capitol. This 1889 building, which has recently been restored, houses a museum that collects, maintains and exhibits significant artifacts, including a priceless collection of Georgia's state flags. 60-90 minute guided tours are available.
The Historic West End is a community which dates back to the 1830s and features restored period homes and Victorian cottages. Perhaps the most noted home is the Wren’s Nest, the Victorian-era residence of author Joel Chandler Harris who is famous for his “Uncle Remus” tales, the writer of the above mentioned “Brer Rabbit and Friends” which the Puppet Theater will be presenting. Museums in the area include Hammonds House, known for its exhibitions of African-American and Haitian art.
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is dedicated to the work of this former U.S. President and Georgia native. You can walk through the natural surroundings in the Japanese Garden or learn from the memorabilia in the library, along with a variety of traveling exhibitions.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is located in the Sweet Auburn District. This area served as the thriving center of black enterprise in Atlanta from the 1890s through the 1940s. It is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Here you are able to visit the King tomb, birth home and visitor center.
Take a walking tour of downtown starting at the Historic Roswell Visitors Center. This historic district has a number of tours of beautiful antebellum homes such as Bulloch Hall. There is also the childhood home of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother. Plus the Smith Plantation built in 1845 can be found fully furnished in period pieces belonging to the original family.
For every generation in the family, Stone Mountain Park offers a 3,200-acre complex which features the world’s largest mass of exposed granite: Stone Mountain, at 825 feet high. The park’s newest attraction, Crossroads, recaptures a small Georgia town from the 1870s and brings to life the story, people and craft-makers of the South. The park also offers an authentic antebellum plantation, a sky lift to the top of the mountain, a steam-driven locomotive, riverboat cruises, the Discovering Stone Mountain Museum and the Laser Show Spectacular on the side of the mountain.
It’s easy to see what makes Atlanta the perfect place to hold our next PDA Family Reunion. From an airport with easy access, a location abounding in history, to a spot with entertainment and amusements for everyone, no matter the age or interests, Atlanta serves us all. Atlanta gives us big city excitement uniquely wrapped in Southern charm. Come and experience the spirit of Atlanta for yourself.