With its beautiful, tree-filled historic park surrounded by elegant Victorian homes, nothing says "Atlanta" quite like Grant Park.
The centerpiece of the neighborhood is Atlanta's
oldest city park, established in 1889. Before that, the park was a popular picnic area. In March 1889, a traveling circus arrived to the area on their way to nearby Marietta. The circus wasn't doing very well, and they didn't have the money to continue their journey. The owner had to file bankruptcy and the circus workers began to leave -- abandoning the animals in their cages as they left. Curious on-lookers began to gather around the animals, so a businessman purchased the animals and donated them to the city of Atlanta. They were moved to Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta became the city's first zoo.
As Atlanta's oldest and most important historic districts, Grant Park is home to the city's largest collection of Victorian architecture. Historic sites include the home of Lemuel P. Grant, for whom the park is named. The house, built in 1858, is one of the oldest homes in Atlanta still located in its original spot. Grant's home was reportedly spared from the burning of Atlanta by Union Troops in 1864 because the troops found Masonic items in the home and they weren't supposed to harm the houses of Masons.
Your apartment in Grant Park will give you access to all of Downtown Atlanta,
located on the northwest side of the neighborhood. Grant Park is convenient to Underground Atlanta, Georgia State University, and the Georgia State Capitol. Grant Park is south of Sweet Auburn
and Cabbagetown, two other popular Atlanta neighborhoods. Living in Grant Park, you'll have fast access to the park's wide variety of festivals and events, the popular Grant Pool, and the Grant Park Farmers Market.
Grant Park is also the location of the Oakland Cemetery, developed in 1850 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is the final resting place of several famous Atlanta residents, including six former governors, Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, and golfer Bobby Jones.