BATL offers tours throughout the year, typically the second Saturday of every month. Sign up below, spaces are limited!!!

OCTOBER TOUR
October 22nd 11am, the Frontlines Walking Tour , an offshoot of our original and "staple" tour offering, The Front Lines Walking Tour travels along the front lines and to other focal points in historic East Atlanta, providing a comprehensive yet localized view of the Battle along  its most contested land. Attendees will hear the human stories of the battle as well as get a sense of the troop movements from our trained tour guide. Chip Miller who has also led the BATL runners tour will be giving the tour at a slower pace. Chip lives on the battlefield in Candler Park and has been a volunteer with BATL for several years. The tour takes about an hour and a half in an easy walk along the frontlines of the historic battle and areas behind and in front of the lines where troops were on the move on July 22, 1864. Visitors will hear stories of the men who fought in this historic battle that changed the course of US history. The tour starts in front of the coffee shop at the corner of Flat Shoals Avenue and Glenwood Avenue SE.

NOVEMBER  TOUR
November 19th, 10am, the Battle Began Here tour focuses on what happened in the Kirkwood area. Attendees will hear the human stories of the battle as well as get a sense of the troop movements from trained tour guides. The walking tour cover a roughly 10 block route  Many guests from the metro area as well as from other states and other countries, too – have been entertained in past years by the sweep of this piece of history. Please note that these tours last approx. 1hr 30min bring water and stay hydrated it is summer in Atlanta!  The tour meets at the Southeast Corner of Rogers St and Arizona Ave.

DECEMBER HOLIDAY  TOUR
Saturday December 31st, 11am, the Frontlines Walking Tour, perfect for entertaining out of town company or restless students home from school, The Front Lines Walking Tour travels along the front lines and to focal points in historic East Atlanta, providing a comprehensive yet localized view of the Battle along  its most contested land. Attendees will hear the human stories of the battle as well as get a sense of the troop movements from our trained tour guide.  Many of you know Mary Elizabeth Ellerd from her time at East Atlanta Veterinarian Clinic. She will lead this tour. The tour takes about an hour and a half in an easy walk along the frontlines of the historic battle and areas behind and in front of the lines where troops were on the move on July 22, 1864. Visitors will hear stories of the men who fought in this historic battle that changed the course of US history. The tour starts in front of the coffee shop at the corner of Flat Shoals Avenue and Glenwood Avenue SE. Tickets available on this site will be required.

JANUARY BIKE TOUR
Saturday January 21st, the Battle of Atlanta Bicycle Tour allows you to escape cabin fever. The tour will begin from the plaza at the East Atlanta Library at 1pm and go out across the 3 square mile battlefield stoping at historic sites along the 7-8 mile route ending roughly around 4pm. Noted Guide Jonah McDonald will lead the expedition sharing his interesting knowledge of the battle and the land it was fought on. This tour is most like the experience that many would have had in 1864 only instead of a horse, participants will be on a bike. They get to cover more ground in a shorter time, seeing more and hearing more of the story. Bikers will need a ticket, available on this site, as well as a bike and a helmet. The deadline for ticket purchase will be January 19 to allow for changes due to inclement weather. The rain, snow, ice date will be January 28..

FEBRUARY OFF THE ROAD AND IN THE WOODS TOUR
Saturday, February 18, 2017 (bad weather date 2/25).  Go on our first Terry's Mill Run "Off-road" Hike to explore an important site of the Battle of Atlanta and East Atlanta History. Winter is the best time to go with fewer brambles, insects and other pests , but it still will require good all terrain shoes and clothing to protect from briars. We will follow the creek across the bed of the lake that was there in 1864 to the start of the mill run and the location for the famous mill. You'll hear stories of the Terry family and the men who encountered this barrier to their engagement in the Battle of Atlanta. The hike will be led by East Lake historian and neighbor Tom Harding assisted by BATL chair Henry Bryant. 
 

MARCH PHOENIX FLIES TOUR
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3pm, BATL will offer a free Frontlines Tour as part of the Atlanta Preservation Center's annual Phoenix Flies event. There will be exciting tours and lectures all over Atlanta offered at no cost. As we partner with the Preservation Center, there will be limited spots for the BATL tour which regularly fills up each year. Advance Reservations with the Atlanta Preservation Center are required 404-688-3353. The tour will finish in time to enjoy dinner in the East Atlanta Village afterwards.

APRIL BATL BEGAN HERE TOUR
Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:30 AM The Battle Began Here tour focuses on what happened in the Kirkwood area. Attendees will hear the human stories of the battle as well as get a sense of the troop movements from trained tour guides. The walking tour cover a roughly 10 block route  Many guests from the metro area as well as from other states and other countries, too – have been entertained in past years by the sweep of this piece of history. Please note that these tours last approx. 1hr 30min bring water and stay hydrated!  The tour meets at the Southeast Corner of Rogers St and Arizona Ave.
 

BATL FRONTLINES TOUR
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:30 AM O The BATL Frontlines Tour is a walking tour of the battlefield in East Atlanta. It is also BATL’s oldest with the most experienced tour guides. Visitors will hear a lot about the movements in the battle, the personalities of its major players and a lot about local history and how it interweaves with the historic battle. Tours begin in the East Atlanta Village, are an easy walk and take around an hour and a half.  Tickets and Reservations are required.

 

JUNE CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS TOUR
Saturday, June 17, 2017 2:00pm It begins near Clifton Road at the edge of East Atlanta and combines  stories from the Civil War Battle of Atlanta with the Civil Rights stories of the battlefield. Tickets and reservations for this tour.

JULY ARTIST TALK at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017 7:00PM TALK
 On July 20th 1864, two days before The Battle of Atlanta, the first of the 4 battles for Atlanta happened at The Battle of Peachtree Creek. 158 years later you are invited to an artist talk at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum by Florida State University faculty member, and photographer, Jeff Beekman. He has traveled to various Civil War battlefields and created works that compare and contrast the scenes with current culture in moving ways. Mr Beekman will show and speak about those works as well as let us in on what he has been working on lately. The address of the Carter Library and Museum is 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta just off Ponce de Leon and Moreland Ave. overlooking the downtown Atlanta skyline from historic Copenhill where General Sherman hung his hat during the Battle of Atlanta. FREE

JULY Battle Anniversary Frontlines Tour
SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017 10:00AM TOUR The actual anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta is on July 22 and there will be a special Frontlines Tour offered as part of this year’s Commemoration at 10 on that Saturday morning. It will retrace a portion of the actual front lines telling the story of the brave men who fought and died there and visiting important battle and neighborhood sites. The tour will be timed to attend one of the wreathlaying ceremonies marking this year’s 158th anniversary of the historic battle. Advanced ticketing is required with the ticket window below closing on the 21st at 7pm.

JULY BATTLE OF ATLANTA COMMEMORATION CEREMONIES
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2017 10:00AM AND 10:45AM WREATHLAYING
 On Saturday morning July 22nd Wreathlaying Ceremonies will take place at the two Battle of Atlanta Monuments marking the sites where the two generals died in the opening moments of the historic battle. First at 10am you are invited to the Walker Monument located on Glenwood Avenue at Wilkinson Drive very near the westbound entrance to I-20 for a short ceremony. Then at 10:45am at the McPherson Monument located at McPherson Avenue and Monument Avenue there will be another dignified ceremony. These two monuments were erected over 100 years ago as bookends marking important events in an important battle for our country. Both Ceremonies are FREE and will feature a piper and special guests.

JULY ARTIST RECEPTION
SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017 3:30PM RECEPTION
The 158th Battle of Atlanta Anniversary on Saturday July 22nd brings  an Artist Reception at the East Atlanta Library from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  The artist is Florida State University faculty member, and photographer Jeff Beekman. He has traveled to various Civil War battlefields and created works that compare and contrast the scenes with current culture in moving ways. Drop in, meet Mr. Beekman and enjoy wine and other refreshments provided by the Friends of East Atlanta Library. 400 Flat Shoals Avenue in the East Atlanta Village. During the months of June and July during the show, there has been an ongoing silent auction of one of the striking works. At the end of the party bids will close and the winner will be announced. 

AUGUST BATL IN REVERSE TOUR
Saturday, August 26, 2017 2:00pm The Battle in Reverse Tour (From Beginning to end and back again) will be announced for August 26th. This will be a longer hike taking the reverse approach to events of that fateful day in July when the Battle of Atlanta changed American History. Stay tuned to the website for information about this tour and other coming programs. Also you can watch the Porch Press for more BATL program announcements

BATL's Mission
BATL seeks to connect residents and visitors to Southeast Atlanta’s past; and promote learning through cultural tourism. The BATL event is a showcase for the diverse contributions of Atlantans to our communities since the Civil War, and highlights the roles of African Americans and women.

BATL also supports the implementation of a multi-purpose, interpretive trail connecting the neighborhoods of East Atlanta and Kirkwood.

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