Taking You Places You Have Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.


CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

From March through December, CIRCA will take you places you have never been before.  Come explore with us!

To join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

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Join us for CIRCA’s November Meeting on a special tour of historic Cherokee sites in North Georgia!

DATE: Saturday November 9, 2019

TIME: Gather at 10:45 AM. Tour starts at 11:00 AM

WHERE: 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA 30122 (be sure to include zip code so you don’t end up in Sandy Springs)- Follow signs to Visitors Center OR enter Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center in your GPS and it will take you straight to the venue.

PARKING: $5 parking fee/ car for state park. Carpooling is encouraged for this site Not only does it save money and help the environment, but this is a very popular park so the lots tend to fill up. Arrive in time to park and get to the Visitors Center.

DESCRIPTION: This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to and inside of the historic five story Civil War era New Manchester Mill with Park Ranger Don Scarborough. The mill, seen in the ”Hunger Games: Mockingjay” film, is situated along lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. This walking tour requires a moderate round trip walk of 1 mile. It is slow paced, with numerous stops as the ranger unfolds the story of the area. Sturdy closed toe shoes required. We will also have a brief tour of the not so historic LEED Platinum Visitors Center.

Special information: Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Hike is a slow paced one mile walk round trip over moderate terrain

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Bring a picnic lunch for after the tour and catch up with fellow CIRCA members. There are numerous hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Plan to stay on your own to take advantage of them. There also is a very informative museum inside the Visitors Center.

RESERVATIONS: None required.

FEES: CIRCA will cover the $5 fee for the tour (this is NOT the $5 parking fee) for CIRCA members and first-time guests. $15 others. For inquiries about membership, please contact the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404-688-3353, ext. 11 (Ruth Middleton). Please confirm your membership status if you are unsure.

Image:  Dianne K Frost [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]



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