Sunday, March 20, 2016

Burning through Atlanta ~ 2016

The Grand Hyatt
3300 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Today's post is all about 
the beautiful city of 
 Atlanta, GA...

When flying into Atlanta,
you'll notice three city-heads from the air:
downtown, midtown, and affluent uptown ~

Originally a small farming community, 
Buckhead grew into a bustling commercial center
with high-rise apartments, condominiums and 
office buildings mixed in with older homes.
Having original and remodeled homes still 
being loved and lived in since the late 1800's is 
a testament to the people of Atlanta's 
"love of home."

Nice to see that Atlantians care about their historical homes 
and that not every old home needs to be torn down.
Taking care and having foresight to see that their city 
could be revitalized and modernized but 
still keep its original personality is so important 
in today's throw-away-mentality-world!

I was surprised to find so many
Federal, Colonial and antebellum-style homes
around Buckhead, and they reminded me of the homes
I'd see when visiting my parents in Connecticut.
It was almost a dej√° vu feeling!
I love this combination of homes, personally!
Lots of personality to this part 
of Atlanta!

an asymmetric Colonial style home in Buckhead, Atlanta

I also love how homes here are 
set back farther 
from the street and some have 
covered porte-cocheres
on the side of the house where a 
horse and buggy
would pull up to let family and friends

Evening skies over the Buckhead area of Atlanta

Moving into a little 

Atlanta was originally named 
a very apt name distinguishing the city as the 
Zero-Mile Post convergence for 
four major railroad lines shipping goods from the area
to the mid-west from the 1830's to the 1850's.  
Hence, this is why 
General William Tecumseh Sherman
burned Atlanta to the ground during the Civil War
(all except hospitals and churches, although hospitals were ordered evacuated) 
as the area was THE major distribution hub 
for military supplies coming into the South.

After the war, as Terminus's economy resurrected, a
movement to rename the city grew and 
for a short time Terminus
was known as Thrasherville. 
Shortly thereafter, though...

    'Gov. Lumpkin asked them [city officials] to name it after his young daughter instead, and Terminus became Marthasville. In 1845, the chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad, (J. Edgar Thomson) suggested that Marthasville be renamed "Atlantica-Pacifica", which was quickly shortened to "Atlanta." ' 
(and aren't we all glad that the city was renamed?!)

The western sky as I walked back to my hotel after the first day
at conference.

I love the feeling of this hidden gem ~
soooo serene

Inside the Grand Hyatt there is an amazing little 
hidden garden!

While walking to the 
Design Bloggers Conference 
Monday morning,
I met a gentleman 
cleaning out a little store
in one of these hundred year old homes 
that had been added-onto,
and I could have brought home several 
chipped and peeling cabinets,
nightstands, and a small buffet piece that he had!
I should have taken a picture but
I didn't think of that until later.
This shop was going out of business and this gentleman 
was just doing a little cleaning in preparation for a final sale.
Alas... another time!


The Grand Hyatt Buckhead's grand chandelier!
(wouldn't you like to take it home?!)

This was a wonderfully quick trip ~
I learned soooo much about blogging, a bunch
about marketing,
met many wonderful people whose companies were 
sponsors of the DBC.
I also met 
other great bloggers,
a few of my personal favorite blogger mentors
I feel like I burned through Atlanta!
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of 
Atlanta's Buckhead area!

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about the DBC!

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richly bless you always,
xoxo Barb :)

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