Events That Stand the Test of Time

On 33-acres of gardens and woodlands in the heart of Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center with its elegance, historical appeal and natural beauty offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues for weddings, corporate events, award dinners, mitzvahs, rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, lectures and other special occasions. From intimate celebrations and ceremonies to 500-person galas, host an outdoor reception in the timeless Swan House Gardens or on the rustic Smith Family Farm, witness the spectacular garden views from the Grand Overlook Ballroom or McElreath Hall, or enjoy the award-winning interactive exhibits in the Museum Atrium. With five different venues, the Atlanta History Center and Swan House Mansion offer a unique and unforgettable setting for your next event.

Atlanta History Museum

Atlanta History Museum

Your guests can begin their evening in our recently renovated atrium then tour our award-winning exhibitions while sipping a libation and enjoying learning about Southern History. The Museum is a splendid event venue in its own respect, but can be combined with the Grand Overlook ballroom as well. For weddings, the Museum is great for cocktail hour while we transform the Grand Overlook Ballroom from a ceremony site to an exceptional reception space. Or you can have your ceremony on the Museum Terraces and embrace nature in an impressive way, enjoy cocktail in the Museum before entering your reception in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. For social celebrations, mitzvahs and other special occasions the Museum provides a historic backdrop and an edutainment element to your event. This unique space can accommodate up to 130 guests for dinner or 500 guests for a standing reception. The Atlanta History Museum may be rented on its own or with the Grand Overlook ballroom, allowing for a variety of evening event options in this historic venue.

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Grand Overlook

Grand Overlook

Enjoy a spectacular evening in the Grand Overlook ballroom featuring a barrel vaulted ceiling, Brazilian cherry-wood floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the illuminated wooded Quarry Garden. This well-known Atlanta event venue can host standing receptions up to 750 guests as well as seated dinners for 500 and 400 for dinner and dancing.

The Grand Overlook is perfect for weddings, mitzvahs, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, graduation celebrations or any other special occasion. Consider including the Atlanta History Museum to provide a historic element to your event or add the Museum Terraces and/or Swan House Gardens for a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Grand Overlook ballroom is available for evening rentals for 10 hours including setup and cleanup time. Events must have cleanup complete and all vendors off-site no later than 2:00 AM.

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Swan House Gardens

Swan House Gardens

Let beauty and serenity set the scene for your event in the glorious Swan House Gardens. Outdoor gatherings at this iconic 1928 mansion with stately columns rise to unforgettable heights on a private lawn with majestic cascading fountains and the beautiful Boxwood Garden.

Host an unforgettable social gathering or have a memorable wedding ceremony at the historic venue setting. After your ceremony, stroll across the bridge to enjoy the elegance of the Grand Overlook ballroom for a magnificent reception.

This Atlanta landmark is versatile enough to host a dinner party or act as a pre-function space for the Grand Overlook ballroom. The lawns can accommodate 50 to 750 guests. Because Swan House is a historic house museum, parties and receptions are not allowed inside the mansion, but your guests can tour the mansion for a few hours during your event. Consider adding a costumed interpreter that will perform historical character narratives.

The Swan House Gardens are available for evening events from 6:00 PM or later for 10 hours including setup and cleanup time.

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McElreath Hall

McElreath Hall

McElreath Hall is one of our most versatile spaces where a sky-lit atrium creates a welcoming entrance for the Members Room, our boutique ballroom and the 400 seat Woodruff Auditorium. The Members Room offers a warm and gracious atmosphere with three crystal chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Quarry and Asian American gardens and is an ideal location for an intimate wedding ceremony, upscale rehearsal dinner, special occasions and other social celebrations. Woodruff Auditorium is a fixed seat auditorium that can seat up to 400 guests for commencements or wedding ceremonies.

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Smith Family Farm

Smith Family Farm

Our 1860s farmhouse, outbuildings and period gardens have remarkably rustic overtones and charming allure. Enjoy this natural setting among the trees where your guests will experience a truly memorable, fun and historic experience. If you want the down-home country appeal to go one step further, consider adding craft demonstrations by our costumed interpreters and having the sheep out to welcome your guests.

The Smith Family Farm can accommodate up to 350 guests for your Atlanta event. While parties and receptions must take place in the gardens, the historic home can remain open to tours for up to two hours during your event. The Farm is available for evening events from 6:00 PM or later for 8 hours including setup and cleanup time.

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Photo Shoots

Photo Shoots

Convenient location, acres of natural beauty, the majestic Swan House Mansion, our 1860’s Smith Family Farm and many unique spaces, venues and exhibits make us an ideal location for your photo shoot. For commercial photo shootS, the subject, themes, controversial nature as well as the appropriateness and treatment to the Atlanta History Center mission and brand will all be taken into consideration before giving approval for the project to take place on our property.

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Margaret Mitchell House

Margaret Mitchell House

This Midtown campus of the Atlanta History Center is the birthplace of Gone With the Wind, is listed on the National Register for Historic Sites, and includes the apartment in which Margaret Mitchell penned her famous novel, two lawns and the Commercial Row event space. This versatile event venue is ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, award dinners, lectures and presentations, fundraisers, birthdays, graduation celebrations and mitzvahs, or any other special occasion.

Discover the picturesque ambiance of the urban setting listed on the National Register for Historic Sites. The three-story Tudor revival home contains three beautifully designed exhibitions and two floors with covered porches and balconies, and is surrounded by manicured lawns. From backyard BBQs to black tie affairs, the Margaret Mitchell House promises a memorable event. Enjoy the whole Gone With the Wind experience and invite your guests to explore the exhibitions as well as Margaret Mitchell’s Crescent Avenue apartment, which she affectionately nicknamed “The Dump.”

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