By H.M. Cauley

Swan House, dressed for spring

The Tullie Smith Farm House and the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center are just two of the local sites featured on this year’s The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Living Landmarks.

This citywide celebration of historic sites continues through March 20 and offers many opportunities to see some of metro Atlanta’s top historical sites for free.

At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. March 12, members of the Buckhead Heritage Society will lead tours of the Harmony Grove Cemetery on the southwest corner of West Paces Ferry and Chatham roads. The Society has been restoring the grounds since 2006 to maintain it as an historic attraction that harks back to Buckhead’s roots as a rural community.

At 10 a.m. March 14, the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center will be open for free tours, followed by 3 p.m. tours of the Tullie Smith House.

On March 19, a 10 a.m. session at the Cathedral of St. Philip will give visitors a close-up look at the church’s architectural history. At noon and 2 p.m. that same day, another church, the New Hope African Methodist Episcopal at 2012 Arden Drive, will open its doors.

Other Phoenix attractions include tours of the Beltline, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Capitol, the Fox Theatre, SCAD’s Ivy Hall and the East Lake Golf Club.

This is the seventh year the event has been sponsored by Atlanta Preservation Center, a nonprofit devoted to protecting and identifying the city’s architectural heritage.

“This year, we have 55 partners and more than 155 events – one of our biggest events ever,” said Boyd Coons, the center’s executive director. “In addition, we’ve added several new sites.”

A complete list of sites is online at www.phoenixflies.org. Information is also available by calling the APC at 404-688-3353.