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This majestic antebellum house and city landmark, built in 1855, is now converted into a historic museum housing a variety of historic exhibits. Passed down through several historic Fayetteville families (which explains the multiple names), the museum features an exhibit of memorabilia from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind, a replica of the first flag made in Fayette County, relics from the Civil War and a garden of native and historically important plants! Self-guided and guided tours available.
Constructed in 1944, this landmark has been a home and place of devotion to Trappist monks for over half a century. Stressing penance and prayer over conversation, these reflective monks work and live at the monastery to this day, and don't leave the confines unless absolutely necessary. The living quarters are not open to the public, but tours are available of the grounds, the greenhouse, and the Gothic abbey. A gift shop is also located on the grounds. Public Mass is conducted on Sundays.
This is the only working monastery in the state, and was founded in 1944 by a group of 20 Cistercian monks from Kentucky. A daily mass is held and is open to the public. On the 13th of every month, Nancy Fowler comes to speak on what she claims to be her visions from the Virgin Mary. The monks operate a gift shop on site offering fresh baked breads, and there is also a greenhouse and plant shop featuring authentic Japanese bonsai. Marvel at the Abbey Church's iconic glass-stained walls.
Mansell House and Gardens, home to the Alpharetta Historical Society, is a veritable historical and natural splendor. Nestled amidst a verdant garden with a charming gazebo, Mansell House used to be a Victorian residence, reminiscent of the times of Queen Anne. The venue can be rented for public and private events including parties and weddings. Special tours are available for visitors. Check website for more details.
For a slice of the Middle Ages, the Medieval Times - Atlanta Castle is the perfect place to go with your family and friends. Experience the action at this dinner and show facility where six knights combat with swords and display expert horsemanship set in Medieval Spain. Explore the Hall of Arms and the torture museum. And then feast on the nobility fare of tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, roast chicken, herb mixed potatoes and decadent pastries. Reservations are highly recommended.