Taking You Places You've 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.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you’ve 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.

To see previous CIRCA events please visit its message board.

Upcoming CIRCA events:  CIRCA's November Meeting:

CIRCA’S NOVEMBER MEETING:  The 1856 Andrew Cheney House




TIME:  Gathering at 11:00AM; tour starts at 11:15AM (NOTE SPECIAL TIME AND DAY)


ADDRESS:  2790 Bankstone Dr. SW (at corner of Powder Springs Rd) Marietta GA  30064. Located in front of the Ashton Arbors Assisted Living Center.


DETAILS:  Andrew Jackson Cheney moved his family in 1854 from Fair Play Georgia and bought a large plantation about 7 miles southwest of Marietta.  In 1856 he built a two story house which still stands today.  Mr. Cheney was a slaveholder, but he opposed secession and advocated staying in the Union.  Because of this the Union army did not purposely damage the house or take personal possessions inside the house.  For a brief time the house was used as a Union headquarters and a hospital (be sure to take note of the blood stained floor on the upper level). The Union army did however take all the mules and cotton, plus torn down several barns for wood.  After the war the Union reimbursed Mr. Cheney for damages.  The battle of Kolb Farm took place just down the street, with numerous casualties on both sides.  Ten Union cannons were placed in front of the house during the conflict.


Randy Wolpin, the owner, will be our tour guide and will fill you in on the details of the house history, his purchase, and restoration details of the Andrew Cheney house.  The house was in terrible condition when Mr. Wolpin purchased the property last year, and in danger of being demolished.  Since that time he has lovingly restored this grand Antebellum home, doing much of the work himself.  The house will soon be placed for sale, and it is currently staged with beautiful antique furniture brought up from Mr. Wolpin’s home in Winter Park Florida.  More details will be provided during our tour.


PARKING:  There are 5 parking spaces available next to the house.  After these spaces are full please park behind the Assisted Living Center.   Please do not park in front of the Assisted Living Facility.


FEE:  Free for CIRCA members and first time guests, $10 for returning visitors

RESERVATIONS:  None required