The History of Sandy Springs: a lecture series

Each Monday in October from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society will look at significant moments in the city’s history as part of a special lecture series. Led by Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society President, Clarke Otten, the series is sponsored by the City of Sandy Springs with cooperation from Heritage Sandy Springs. The sessions will take place at the Sandy Springs City Hall Chambers located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. The event is free for the public.

Monday, October 3 – Significant Moments From Founding Through the Start of the Battle of Atlanta; The series kicks off with opening remarks from Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos, then a look at settlement patterns and the role the area played in the invasion of Sherman’s armies on Atlanta during the Civil War. Participants also will gain insight into “Lost Corners,” the home site of one of Sandy Spring’s first settler families.

Monday, Oct 10 – From Prehistoric Native Americans, Mammoths and Buffalos to Settler Farmers; This session takes a brief, but close look at the years which predated the settler period, and the legacies they have left behind. Participants will examine how the area was eventually settled, with histories of many of our earliest settler families highlighted.

Monday, Oct 17 – Post Civil War Reconstruction to Bedroom Community; Reconstruction following the Civil War influenced the widely popular church camp meetings at the Sandy Springs Methodist Camp Ground, the Roswell Railroad which terminated in northern Sandy Springs, and overall growth in the area. In addition, the session looks at the first public sector jobs – prison camps – and the impact chain-gangs had, literally paving the way for the future.

Monday, Oct 24 – Remaining Extant Cultural Resources; The final session takes an armchair tour of the community’s remaining historic cultural resources. Focus will be on the histories of the Roberts house, the Woodall house, the Mitchell-Tiller house, Glenridge Hall, Brandon Hall, and the Coach Stop house. Participants also will take a look at the historic churches and cemeteries within the community.

Each session is expected to last approximately one and one-half hours with a ten minute intermission. Seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early. For more information, visit

Possibly Related Posts:

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.