When you visit Wood Family Cabin, the building, the land, and the people you may encounter have many stories to tell.
Originally, there was the land with the high ridge lines that brought the railroads and with them, Atlanta. The first residents were the Creek Indians settled along the Chattahoochee River at – what the white settlers named – Buzzard’s Roost, Sandtown, and, most recognized, Standing Peachtree.
When those settlers came – after the Creek were forced out – they built log cabin houses, some near Standing Peachtree. This is one.
Elias Wood with his family occupied this cabin not too far from the spot where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River. There, in the woods of 1840s Piedmont Georgia, they farmed, hunted, and made a living - doing well enough to own an enslaved person, one measure of success.
The old logs cut for this cabin, were re-formed, re-moved, re-used, and hidden for years – they reveal changes to the land, urban growth, and preservation. The land represents the transformation of woodlands, the seeds of wildflowers and meadows, as well as loss and misuse to our environment.
Enjoy the forest, study the land, talk to the people - come meet the past. They live in the time of pioneer Atlanta – or maybe before. They can share stories of settlement and trade, the Creek who were driven away, the coming of the railroads, the Civil War soldiers that passed this way, and other experiences over time. Ask them about the Natives of this place, about how they work the soil, about their beekeeping, their hunting, and their way of life. There are many stories to be found in the forest at Wood Family Cabin.
When you visit you may meet Lt. George Gilmer as he trains you and the rest of the United States army on how to design and build fortifications during the War of 1812. You may also encounter Jacob Pennywise as he conducts the 1821 Georgia Land Lottery. Take your chances at drawing the winning plot!
Meet the past experiences are available at Wood Family Cabin on weekends during April through October.