We’re excited to announce the October 2019 DSDI meeting to be held in Atlanta Oct. 4-6, our first venture outside the colonial area proper.
Our headquarters hotel will be the new Hampton Inn Atlanta Buckhead Place at 3312 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta GA 30305. There we’ll have the Friday board meeting and dinners both nights. DSDI members may call 404-816-7309 for reservations under “DSDI.”
Since this hotel has limited to no rooms available for an extended stay, we’ve also secured a smaller block covering a day on either side of the meeting at the neighboring Hampton Inn Buckhead at 3398 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Call 404-233-5656 for reservations, also under “DSDI.”
For those flying to Atlanta, you have the usual cab, Uber, and shuttle options which generally fall in the $30-$60 range. As an alternative, the MARTA train leaves directly from the airport at a roundtrip cost of $7 to the Buckhead station. From there it’s a level half-mile walk or a call to the hotel, both of which have courtesy vans to pick you up.
On Friday we’ll will kick off with a 3 p.m. board meeting followed by cocktails and a casual dinner. It’s expected that we’ll have a speaker give us an overview of the next day’s activities at the Atlanta History Center.
On Saturday, we’ll make our way 1.2 miles to the Atlanta History Center (www.atlanta history center.com) for its 10 a.m. opening. For those not driving or doubling up, the Hampton has a 12-person van available.
With roots dating to 1926, the AHC is located on a 33-acre campus and is dedicated to preserving the history of the area from its pioneer beginnings in the 1830s. Your experience will be largely self-guided based on personal interest and time. I encourage you to explore their website.
Opening just this year is a new wing for the restored Cyclorama depicting the 1864 Battle of Atlanta. First shown in 1887, the Cyclorama is one of the largest paintings in the world and includes 128 diorama figures, one of which was later made to resemble Clark Gable. Truly magnificent!
This is a railroad town so a centerpiece of the exhibits is the newly restored steam locomotive, Texas, that participated in the 1862 Andrews Raid. Some of you may remember this event from the 1956 film “The Great Locomotive Chase” starring Fess Parker in which the Confederates in Texas pursued the raiders in the hijacked locomotive, General, along roughly modern I-75 towards Chattanooga.
The Swan House, built by the heir to a great cotton fortune just prior to the Depression, is a must for anyone interested in that period’s elegance. It’s complete with three floors of antique furniture, period dress and classic automobiles. Although a self-guided tour, there are costumed interpreters on site to bring the home to life.
The AHC is home to one of the largest Civil War collections in America, much of which is on permanent display. The exhibit views the war through the eyes of the civilian and soldier alike.
There are also permanent exhibits featuring golf legend Bobby Jones, Southern Folk Art, the 1860s Tullie Smith Farm, history of the area’s original Cherokee and Creek inhabitants, the history of Atlanta, and acres of gardens.
At noon we’ll break for a box lunch and general meeting in The Members Room in the adjacent McElreath Hall. After lunch, return to your personal tour. The Swan House closes at 4 p.m. and the AHC at 5:30 so there is flexibility about returning to the Hampton Inn as you wish.
Saturday evening we’ll again have cocktails and dinner at the Hampton Inn. We have an outstanding speaker in Dr. Paul M. Pressly, an expert on colonial Georgia and its relationship to Britain and the other colonies during the revolutionary period. (https://willson.uga.edu/event/paul-pressly-global-georgia-initiative/)
There are no events planned for Sunday. For those wishing to attend church, virtually every denomination is located within a mile of the hotel. And for those staying over, popular sites include the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center, and the World of Coke, all located around Centennial Park downtown. For shopaholics, the premier malls Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are also a few blocks away on Peachtree. Ranging a bit further to the northwest is Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, the last place Sherman was stopped before taking Atlanta.
October is generally glorious and we look forward to hosting this first outland meeting. Y’all come!