January & February,
and redevelopment in Smyrna and preserving some of the old
homes and historic structures
has been a concern of many member of the Smyrna Historical
and Genealogical Society for quite a while. In fact, the organization
was founded, partially, on the basis of protecting and preserving
these structures. However, for the most part it has been a
When home owners of the old houses are approached by developers
who are willing to pay large sums ofmoney for small lots with
older houses that were constructed for a few thousand dollars,
its hard for the home owner to resist selling.
hard for city councils and county commissions to resist the
rezoning requests made by the developers to put huge houses
on those same small lots. It helps tax digests for the counties
and cities tremendously.
our country, property owners rights are sacred to most of
us and if we want to sell our property, or cut down a tree,
or put up a fence or an outbuilding we feel we should have
the right to do it.
people who have lived in their houses for years and years
and do not want to sell out to developers. They feel wronged.
All of a sudden they are ur-surrounded by gigantic houses
that dwarf theirs and they feel their quality of life has
diminished because of it.
of Atlanta has proposed rezoning laws that might address this
problem. As less and less land is available other municipalities
and counties might have to look into solving the same problem.
meantime, in an effort to "preserve" some of old
Smyrna, the Society has taken on a project of photographing
the areas of Smyrna that are potential redevelopment areas.
Specifically, several months ago we started photographing
all the houses and structures in the area on the east side
of the railroad tracks: The streets included in this project
so far are: East Spring, Anderson Circle, Elizabeth, Foster,
Roswell Street, Old Roswell, Highland Avenue, Matthews, Gilbert,
Windy Oaks, Mimosa Circle, Hawthorne, and possibly a couple
Museum volunteer Paul Ostborg is doing the major portion of
the photography at this time. The historical society provides
him with the film. When he has completed a couple of rolls
he brings it to the museum. The historical society has the
film processed and prints made. The photos are placed in a
three ring binder labeled for the particular street. The are
located in the research are at the museum.
Robert Lewis, a life-long resident of Smyrna, recently contributed
a number of prints of the houses on Highland Avenue. He lived
on that street with his parents. Some of his relatives are
still there. He saw that many of the old houses were being
torn down to make way for the new larger houses and he started
taking pictures of the existing ones. His photos have been
added to the collection of Smyrna photos in the research room.
We are always looking for photos of Smyrna and Cobb County
residences, business, and other structures like barns, bridges,
out buildings and the like. If you have pictures like that
and you want to keep the original, just let us borrow them
to make copies and we'll return the originals to you.
Some of the photos might be used in a future pictorial history
of Smyrna that is being compiled at this time.
There are several photos we would especially like to have.
The Belmont House previously located at the approximate location
of the Windy Hill Road RR overpass. Smyrna Drug Store (Landers)
exterior view, previously located at the present location
of the Zucca Bar in the Market Village. The Swimming Pool
and Goofy Golf Course at Belmont Hills Shopping Center. Dog
and Suds building formerly located on Atlanta Road just north
of Windy Hill.
matter if people are in the photos of houses and other structures.
They add interest to the photos. We also need photos of activities
and any city or county elected officials, police chiefs and
policemen, city clerks, firemen and chiefs, volunteer policemen
and firemen. Please contact us at 770 435 7549.