Situated in DeKalb County, Georgia, the city of Stone Mountain is part of suburban Atlanta. The area has a fascinating history and offers visitors and residents alike a host of exciting activities and attractions.
The area that now comprises Stone Mountain became part of DeKalb County back in 1822. Andrew Johnson was responsible for the construction of a hotel on old Augusta Road in 1836, further facilitating the town’s growth and development. The mountain formation for which the city is named has played an important role in the area’s history, with an observation tower having been erected by Aaron Cloud at around the same time Johnson’s hotel was built.
A tragic part of Stone Mountain’s history is the fact that in July of 1864, the village was leveled by soldiers operating under the orders of Civil War General James McPherson. Many travelers to Stone Mountain are interested in visiting the large-scale carving found there, which commemorates Confederate military leaders.
The Confederate Memorial Carving is the biggest sculpture in high relief format found anywhere in the world, and it features renderings of Robert E. Lee, “Stonewall” Jackson and President Jefferson Davis. The attraction also provides educational information about the geological surroundings in the Stone Mountain area ad the massive granite quarry there.
The Stone Mountain area also is home to a museum as well as a much-loved state park. Stone Mountain Park is set on 3,200 acres of stunning landscape and offers a varied array of family fun. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of kayaking, cycling, golf, hiking and much more.
Annual events at the park continue to be a big draw, including Summer at the Rock, Spring FUN Break, Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain Christmas and the Native American Festival and Pow Wow. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age.
The ART Station Contemporary Arts Center and the Stone Mountain Arts Incubator Program bring a wealth of cultural energy to the region. The “Tour of Southern Ghosts” is an especially popular undertaking, with over 15,000 taking part each year.
No visit to the Greater Atlanta area is complete without an excursion to Stone Mountain. The array of interesting sites is matched only by the impressive level of southern hospitality on offer. Whether an outdoor aficionado, history buff or patron of the arts, Stone Mountain is a must-see destination for all.