Join us for a guided Civil War walking tour in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in
the lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit,
Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history
of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign,
Schedule a tour for your group of 10 or more people of the DeKalb History Center's historic structures at 720 West Trinity Place in Decatur. Benjamin Swanton was an early settler and businessman in Decatur. His former home is furnished for the mid-nineteenth century and reflects the lifestyle of this middle class family. Hear his story and learn about the early days of DeKalb County and Decatur. Call 404-373-1088, ext 20
Tours by appointment for groups of 10 or more.
History of DeKalb and Decatur Tour
Learn about the early history of DeKalb County beginning with the native people who still occupied the land after the formation of the county. Learn where their trade routes once were and how that influenced the future settlers. Which areas of the county were settled first and what did people do here? When did the population really begin to grow and why? How many enslaved people were here? How was DeKalb affected during the Civil War? How did the courthouse change over time and what was its role in the county? Come and hear this fascinating history!
All tours are $10 for adults, $6 for children (age 6 - 18)