Historic Harlots of Old Atlanta Tour

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Did you know that where the Georgia State University Library sits today was the gateway to Atlanta's roaring red-light prostitution district? For this hybrid presentation-tour, we will meet outside on the corner of Decatur and Collins Streets in the heart of Georgia State University's downtown campus. We'll then go inside the Georgia State University Library for a presentation on the rise and fall of the bawdy brothels that lined Downtown Atlanta's Collins Street from the late 1800s to the early 1900s—showcasing tantalizing tidbits from newspapers, census records, city directories, property records, maps, and more from the Georgia State University Library’s historical digital collections. Then, with the help of a virtual story map on our mobile devices, we'll walk the streets (well, not like that!) and transport our imaginations back to those bygone days when sin and Southern hospitality went hand in hand.
The details
  • Tickets are required; no walkups allowed.
  • The presentation-tour will last about two hours total – about 60 minutes for the inside seated presentation portion, about 30-45 minutes for the outside tour portion, and time for a bathroom break.
  • MEETING POINT: We will meet outside on the corner of Decatur and Collins Streets near the GSU Sports Arena entrance – click here for detailed instructions (with visuals!) for finding the meeting point plus MARTA, driving, and parking directions.
  • The tour component will be within a two-block radius of the Georgia State University Library building and is wheelchair accessible.
  • Much of the tour component is in the shade (under the Courtland Street bridge) – please check the weather and bring jackets and umbrellas if indicated.
  • Face masks are currently optional for tours; however, you are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable.
Tour Admission
  • Non-Member: $27.50
  • Member: $22.50
  • Senior / Student / Child: $19.50
Questions? Please email Mandy (your tour guide) at aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu.