A Walk Down Memory Lane

Begin your day of historic exploration with breakfast at Alpha Soda, near charming downtown Alpharetta. In operation since 1920, this iconic eatery is the oldest standing business in Alpharetta and has a well-respected reputation for serving up breakfast staples like buttermilk pancakes and home fries.

After breakfast, stop by the Alpharetta Welcome Center and pick up a complimentary History Walk brochure. Then travel back in time on a self-guided tour of 17 historical markers, chronicling Alpharetta history as far back as 1834. See the Milton Log Cabin, built in the 1934-35 school year by Future Farmers of America students, and the Mansell House, a Queen Anne-style home constructed in 1912 and rich with history. The Mansell House, open for tours by appointment, is home to the Alpharetta Historical Society and is also used for weddings and special events.
At the end of your History Walk, take a stroll down the street to the Walk of Memories and pay tribute to Georgia veterans whose lives were lost in war. As you walk, you will notice each brick is inscribed with the name of a Georgia soldier who died in action including and following World War II. A separate section is reserved for those who served in the military and survived. Don’t miss the M60 tank and UH-1 Huey helicopter on display.
For lunch, stop at Village Tavern and appease the appetite with tempting appetizers, wood oven pizzas, fresh salads and gourmet burgers.
Then, venture to Roswell where you can visit even more historic sites. Don’t miss beautiful Barrington Hall, home to Barrington King, the co-founder of the city of Roswell, and Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother.
In Atlanta’s Buckhead district you’ll find the 33-acre Atlanta History Center. Explore award-winning exhibitions at the Atlanta History Museum. Discover how a yeoman farmer lived at the Tullie Smith Farm. Put yourself in the shoes of a wealthy 1930s business man at The Swan House, and find all the mysteries that the uniquely designed gardens around the property hold.
Make your way back to Alpharetta and dine at Vinny's on Windward, where you’ll find Italian and American fusion cuisine, award-winning wines and extraordinary chocolate mousse. Then rest easy in the comfort of one of Alpharetta’s 23 awesome hotels for the perfect end to a historic day!