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Fulton County Historical Markers

Smith Family Farm

  • Source: Todd Massar
  • Marker: Smith Family Farm
  • Location: Slaton Dr near the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta


Built in about 1845 for Robert Hiram Smith, his wife Elizabeth, and their six children, the farm house was the main building on their 800-acre property in DeKalb County located today where I-85 crosses North Druid Hill Road. The farm produced corn and other grains, pork, dairy products, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Smith owned over ten slaves who did much of the work on the farm and lived in a log cabin on the farm property. The house is an example of Plantation Plain vernacular architecture that was common throughout settled areas of North Georgia by the mid-nineteenth century.

Smith’s great-granddaughter Tullie Smith was the last resident to live in the home. Following her death in 1967, when the property was incorporated into an office park, the house and kitchen were moved to the Atlanta History Center and opened to the public in 1972. Five historic outbuildings were moved from other Piedmont Georgia properties in the 1970s.

The moved and restoration was spearheaded by Atlanta Historical Society Trustee Louise Richardson Allen and funded by banker Mills B. Lane. A restoration committee of volunteers chaired by trustee Bettijo Hogan Cook was established. Prominent members of the committee included Florence Griffin, Sallie Hawkins and William R Mitchell.

Atlanta History Center 2013