Events and Programs

DHC hosts a wide variety of educational and fun events throughout the year. Please join our e-mail list to get timely updates.

Lunch and Learn - Because Every Life is Worth Remembering: Stories from Decatur Cemetery

Our next Lunch and Learn will be presented by Cathy Vogel who will share stories from the historic Decatur Cemetery; the oldest burial ground in the Atlanta metropolitan area. It dates to 1823 and today encompasses about 58 acres and over 20,000 graves. A portion of the cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes a number of locally important graves including Mary Ann Harris Gay (1828–1918); Dr. Thomas Holly Chivers (1806–1858); Col. Milton A Candler (1837–1909); and Col. George Washington Scott (1829–1903). There are also three veterans of the American Revolution and numerous orphans buried there.


Founded in 1993, The Friends of Decatur Cemetery is a group of citizens devoted to supporting the historic cemetery. These volunteers advocate for the continued preservation and improvement of this gorgeous property. They have produced a walking tour brochure highlighting 40 grave sites.


Vogel is a former DeKalb History Center board member, one of founding members of Friends of Decatur Cemetery and the originator of Second Sunday Strolls through the cemetery. She also volunteers at Oakland Cemetery, the Fox Theatre and the Atlanta History Center.


Tuesday, November 17, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor

Free - Bring your lunch!



Civil War Walking Tour

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 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, and the Battle of Decatur. Meet in lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse (101 East Court Square, Decatur GA 30030)

Friday November 13 at 3 p.m.

All tours are $10 adults, $6 children, 5 and under free. Click here for tickets and more information.