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As you drive around Buckhead, amid all of the construction equipment knocking old things down and putting new things up, it’s getting harder and harder to find hints of the area’s past. So it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor to devote this issue’s cover story to how things used to be.

I admit I didn’t know much about the area’s history before signing on as the editor of Simply Buckhead, and it’s been interesting to learn about Buckhead’s humble origins. It wasn’t always the burgeoning, bustling community it is today. Thankfully, there are still a handful of places, including the majestic Swan House shown on the cover, where one can savor the Buckhead of old. We examine nine of them on page 61.

Elsewhere in the issue, we explore another local icon, The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama. The 42-foot-high panoramic painting dating back to 1886 is currently being painstakingly restored on the grounds of its new home at the Atlanta History Center. Get a peek at the work being done on page 56.

We aren’t just focused on the past, however. On page 54, we chat with Tony-winning stage veteran Shuler Hensley, who is juggling performing with his duties as the associate artistic director of the new City Springs Theatre Company in Sandy Springs.

And being that this is the November/December issue, we couldn’t ignore the fact that the holidays are upon us. Knowing we can all use a helping hand when the season rolls around, we reveal where you can pick up a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s or other pre-made meal (page 28) and share a recipe to feed all your visiting friends and relatives for those who don’t mind doing the cooking (page 72).


Jill Becker

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