The area of Ormewood Park originally belonged to the Creek Indian Nation. Once American settlers began forcing the Native Americans west, the state government divided up the land into farm parcels. The birth of the neighborhood as it appears today began in 1892 by Samuel W. Goode and Company, who turned the 100-acre plot into individual subdivisions. After World War I, the neighborhood experienced a revitalization during a noticeable increase in construction of new homes.
The introduction of Anne E. West Elementary School in 1922 further attracted families looking to raise children near the school. The area then experienced an economic decline through the 1990s, until renovations at the start of the 21st century brought back new life and new businesses to the neighborhood.
The nearest museum to Ormewood Park lies just across Grant Park
to the west. At the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, visitors can browse the interactive exhibits portraying the history of the Confederacy, Civil War battles and more. Set aside an entire afternoon, and visit the adjacent Zoo Atlanta amidst Atlanta’s historic Grant Park.
Located in the nearby East Atlanta Village, Out of Hand Theater encapsulates the young arts community by putting on innovative and interactive plays. With a rotating playbill, Out of Hand hosts plays from all types of genres throughout the year. Brownwood Park serves as the annual host to the increasingly popular East Atlanta Beer Fest each spring. The festival features over 150 craft beer selections, local live music and rows of food trucks. Stick around for the day to catch the live DJs and other musical acts occurring throughout the afternoon.