Live life a little slower with Robert Smith as he tells tales of the Civil War and examines his modest crops and farm animals. Walk back in time through a long-lived loom, crumbling cornbread and wait for it… Bahhh! Hear the call of the Smith Family’s lovely livestock.
The Smith Family Farm includes the Tullie Smith House, a plantation-plain house built in the 1840s by the Robert Smith family. Originally located east of Atlanta, outside the city limits, the house survived the destruction in and around Atlanta during the Civil War. The house and detached kitchen were moved to the Atlanta History Center in the early 1970s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and separate open-hearth kitchen are now surrounded by a dairy, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, double corncrib, slave cabin, chicken coop and barn, as well as traditional vegetable, herb, field, flower and slave gardens.
The Smith Family Farm uses an open house format featuring first-person, costumed interpreters who initiate conversations that bring the history of our sites to life. Smith Family Farm visitors encounter characters portraying members of the Smith family, their neighbors and enslaved workers who provide insight into the challenges of daily life on a rural Georgia farm during the Civil War. Guests are encouraged to interact with the interpreters! Ask questions, and get responses from unique, historical points of view.
The Atlanta History Center thanks the Poppy Garden Club for their continued support of Smith Family Farm.