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Walk through African American History

Stonecrest, United States

Experience hosted by Johnny

90 minsHosted in English
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Up to 6 people

What you'll do

The tour begins meeting Johnny, a descendant of local enslaved ancestors & lifelong resident of the area at the oldest standing structure in DeKalb County, the historic Lyon's House site. Here you tour the grounds, experience the living area of slaves, & listen to rich stories passed down through generations. You gain an understanding of what it was like for families to live on small Southern Farms before the Civil War. You will also enjoy the best scenic views of Panola Mtn that only a local would know.
Next drive along a paved two-lane road to the start of an old stagecoach road, now a trail. Continue the trail for .25 miles as you get an understanding of Flat Rock. Then you turn a corner and enter a wooded area dotted with gravestones. This is the Flat Rock Historic Cemetery with at least 202 interred individuals, many simple unidentified gravestones. We usually do not visit the cemetery in summer because this area has ticks & overgrown with ivy. Please communicate beforehand that you want to visit the cemetery if it is summer as you will have to make sure to dress appropriately-pants, long socks, tennis shoes. Some interred were born enslaved & freed after the Civil War.
We will also visit the site of the first AA Methodist church site of the Flat Rock Community. And we will end the tour at the Flat Rock Archive. This is a small museum highlighting local AA history.
The tour begins meeting Johnny, a descendant of local enslaved ancestors & lifelong resident of the area at the oldest standing structure in DeKalb County, the historic Lyon's House site. Here you tour the grounds, experience the living area of slaves, & listen to rich stories passed down through generations. You gain an understanding of what it was like for families to live on small Southern Farms before the Civil War. You will also enjoy the be…

Meet your host, Johnny

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I am Johnny, the tour guide at the Flat Rock Archives located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. I had the vision to create an archive that would preserve African American history in DeKalb County since the 1980s. I have been recognized through numerous awards where I specialize in the preservation of rural GA African American history. Many stories have been passed down through my family for generations that discuss the days of slavery through Jim Crow, the founding of the KKK on the top of Stone Mountain, to tenant farming and working in the local granite quarries.
I am Johnny, the tour guide at the Flat Rock Archives located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. I had the vision to create an archive that would preserve African American history in DeKalb County since the 1980s. I have been recognized through numerous awards where I specialize in the preservation of rural GA African American history. Many stories have been passed down through my family for generations that discuss the days of slavery through Jim Crow, the founding of the KKK on th…
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About the organization: Flat Rock Archives



The Flat Rock Archives specializes in preserving African American rural history in the South. It is part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and is able to visually show guests history that has been preserved through tenant farming houses, rural cemeteries and old churches. The archives house papers, letters and artifacts.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Flat Rock Archives.

Where you'll be

The Lyon's Farmhouse is one of the oldest standing homes in DeKalb county, located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and get a glimpse into the antebellum past. Enjoy the scenic views of Panola Mountain that only a local would know about along the Arabia Mountain PATH Trail.

Visit the Flat Rock Historic Cemetery located along a trail in a wooded area not known to the general public. And walk through the Flat Rock Archive.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 54 reviews.

Tyraa
June 2021
I came alone so i got a personal tour with Mr. Johnny ! He was just a light , so full of love and knowledge. He taught me so much about flat rock and answered all my questions. I have a great appreciation for the land and it’s people . So happy that he is preserving the rich history of the area .
I came alone so i got a personal tour with Mr. Johnny ! He was just a light , so full of love and knowledge. He taught me so much about flat rock and answered all my questions. I…
Tameki
June 2021
I'm a local, and I've done Black History tours in town; however, this one was different. Sometimes we forget about the fact that history happened everywhere around us, not just at major tourist spots. On this tour, Johnny took us to sites I had never heard about. We were able to walk into a home that once housed slaves and viewed some of the slave quarters. We were able to see photos and hear stories about events that took place that helped shape the community. This is a tour for all ages. There's always something to learn.
I'm a local, and I've done Black History tours in town; however, this one was different. Sometimes we forget about the fact that history happened everywhere around us, not just at…
Avery
June 2021
A wonderfully enlightening tour! I am very grateful that the history of black Americans is being preserved and thankful to the people who are working hard to protect these sites from being destroyed and built over.
Janelle
May 2021
An incredible experience that we were grateful to have. Johnny shares the stories of the land and his family beautifully! An all around great experience.
Gwynneth
May 2021
Johnny has a gift as a storyteller, and clearly a passion for carrying on the legacy of his family from generations past. I was a bit late finding the tour, but Johnny very graciously accommodated me, starting right at the beginning so didn't miss a thing. I was the only one signed-up for the day, so I had a private tour, which allowed me the space to ask any and all of the questions I had along the way, with his enthusiastic encouragement. This is an off the beaten path kind of experience, and one that's certainly worth it.
Johnny has a gift as a storyteller, and clearly a passion for carrying on the legacy of his family from generations past. I was a bit late finding the tour, but Johnny very graciou…
Carthel
May 2021
This experience was awesome and a true history lesson, our tour host was awesome!!! Thank you Johnny, me and my sister enjoyed every step!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

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