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history walk

Walk through African American History

history walk

Walk through African American History

33 reviews
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Hosted in
English
history walk

Walk through African American History

history walk

Walk through African American History

33 reviews
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

The tour begins meeting Johnny, a slave descendant & lifelong resident of the area at the historic Lyon's House site where 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. Next drive or walk .6 miles 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. This area has ticks in summer, you do not have to visit the cemetery but focus primarily on the house. The Cemetery’s oral tradition roots its origins as a Native American burial ground with evidence of Native and AA interaction. Some interred were born slaves & freed after the Civil War. After visiting the cemetery, you can continue back to the Lyon’s Farm where you can enjoy the scenic views of Panola Mtn that only a local would know or stroll along the PATH.

Your host

Learn more about Johnny

Johnny

I am Johnny, the tour guide at the Flat Rock Archives located in the Arabia Mountain 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.

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 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.

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Where you'll be

The Lyon's Farmhouse is one of the oldest standing homes, in DeKalb county, located in the Arabia Mountain 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.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 11 and up can attend. Enjoy the outdoors and historical stories

What to bring

Water

More tips

Bring your camera, water, sunscreen. In summer ticks are rampant at cemetery. Make Sure to dress appropriately-pants, long socks, tennis shoes. You do not have to visit the cemetery.

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Johnny
Walk through African American History
33 reviews
From $20/person
33 reviews
From $20/person