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Walk through African American History

Lithonia, 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 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.
Other things to note
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.
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 stagec…

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 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 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…
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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 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 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.
Venessa
April 2021
Johnny is going to take you on a wonderful journey of the Flatrock area. His personal insights are extraordinary. His passion for conservation and sharing this story is enlightening. You walk through the lives of white and black farming life. You gain a better understanding of the strong ties of the black church and community. You learn the importance of a final resting place. My daughters loved hearing the experiences from someone directly related to the past. It opened their eyes to history in a magnificent way that touched them so much, they were talking about it the entire way home. A great experiential learning opportunity!
Johnny is going to take you on a wonderful journey of the Flatrock area. His personal insights are extraordinary. His passion for conservation and sharing this story is enlighteni…
Nakeya
March 2021
Johnny was a great host with a wonderful story to tell. I genuinely enjoyed the personalization of this tour. He shed a light on many aspects of the lives of slaves and freed people; their daily rituals, living arrangements, and end of life procedures in that area of Georgia.
Johnny was a great host with a wonderful story to tell. I genuinely enjoyed the personalization of this tour. He shed a light on many aspects of the lives of slaves and freed peopl…
Kim
March 2020
Johnny was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and professional. Well worth the small fee. My 19 year old daughter who didn't want to go ended up really enjoying it. Go, you won't regret it.
Ingrid And John
March 2020
An incredible glimpse into a unique community and rich history. One of the most worthwhile tours I have taken. Full of personal insights about life before and after slavery in a small community.
Louis
September 2019
I have to admit that I felt a little reluctant at 1st because of the low price. Once Johnny started explaining the history of the 1st property (yes, he takes you to a couple of properties) we knew this experience was well under priced. Johnny mentioned that he had done over 1,000 of the guided tours and it was very evident. Thanks for a wonderful experience Johnny!
I have to admit that I felt a little reluctant at 1st because of the low price. Once Johnny started explaining the history of the 1st property (yes, he takes you to a couple of pro…
Jen
July 2019
A walk through the lives of blacks of Flat Rock from the time of slavery through to today. We saw the plantation house, the slave quarters, the lay of the land from one plantation to the next, the location of the slave church - a Tabernacle, and the evolution of that church over the years, how the church and a few families held the black community together while so many others moved to the North, the first home built by a black man after slavery ended, how that one man changed the whole area, how blacks were targeted by hatred and violence that sought to run them out of town, and how they survived and thrived in spite of it all. It was amazing. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
A walk through the lives of blacks of Flat Rock from the time of slavery through to today. We saw the plantation house, the slave quarters, the lay of the land from one plantation…

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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 11 and up can attend.

What to bring

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