March is Women’s History Month and there are tons of great places in Atlanta to see and appreciate some historic moments and lives. Many of these locations have attempted to keep their properties as authentic as possible to give visitors a realistic glimpse into what life was like in the past. Be sure to take the whole family for these educational and fun experiences into expanding our knowledge of women’s roles in the past and present.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Sun – noon to 5:30 p.m.
For an overview of women’s history in Atlanta, the first and most important stop is the Atlanta History Center. See exhibits from different time periods of the city’s development and detailed roles of women in the Civil War. Most importantly, be sure to tour the gorgeous Swan House built in 1928 for the Edward H. Inman family. Another home on the property is the Tullie Smith home, which shows a plantation style life.
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Margaret Mitchell House
990 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Price: Adults – $13, Seniors 65+ and Students – $10, Youth – $8.50
Hours: Mon to Sat –10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun – noon to 5:30 p.m.
The very famous author of the very famous novel-made-movie, “Gone With the Wind,” is Margaret Mitchell, and she was from Atlanta. Her home is located in the midst of Midtown, near the intersection of 10th Street and Peachtree Road, and it’s open to the public for tours. Mitchell had a background in journalism writing for the hometown newspaper, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She is also buried in town at Oakland Cemetery. Visit her house and gain a greater appreciation for the woman and author whose work is considered an American historical epic.
Stone Mountain Park’s Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard
U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Price: Adults$9.00; Children (age 3-11): $7.00 (plus tax)
Hours: Park Gates are open daily, 6 a.m. to Midnight. Attraction hours vary.
For a look back into Georgia’s past, take a visit to Stone Mountain Park’s Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard. This area of the park is a cluster of replicated homes and farm land from the 18th and 19th century. Staffers on hand play out the role of different roles on the farm and what life was like during this time period. Take a tour of the home and see the decorations and furniture of the period or a self-guided tour of the gardens.
Anne Frank Exhibit
Parkside Shopping Center
5920 Roswell Rd., Suite 209
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Hours: Mon -Closed, Tues to Thurs -10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri-10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Sat to Sun -Noon to 4 p.m.
This wonderful, free exhibit is not to be missed. Start off a visit to the Anne Frank exhibit by watching a 28 minute film entitled “The Short Life of Anne Frank,” which includes the only known footage of Frank herself. This exhibit contains lots of photos and artifacts to tell the life of this infamous young girl’s life and courage. This trip is sure to be a very educational stop for the whole family.
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Yaarab Shrine Center
400 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Price: One bout – $15, Both bouts – $25. Free for children ages 3 and younger
Hours: March 17, Bout 1 – 5 p.m., Bout 2- 7:30 p.m.
First, rent the movie “Whip It!” Then buy tickets to the March 17th Atlanta Roller Derby bouts. They always sell out because they’re so much fun. Make sure to prep for some tailgating in the parking lot prior to the game. Atlanta Rollergirls are a perfect example of strong women in a sports game that people want to come see. Cheer loud for the Atlanta Rollergirls.
Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.