Map of Georgia in 1795, with Sandy Springs at the site of the star. Historians place Sandy Springs by the area’s most historic cultural landmark, the Hightower Indian Trail, then commonly used by Native Americans crossing the state. The trail was also followed by many early European explorers passing through the northern edge of Sandy Springs, before crossing the Chattahoochee River at the “Shallow Ford.”

Throughout the month of October, Sandy Springs residents will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the community’s history.

Each Monday in October, the Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society will educate residents about significant moments in the city’s history. The talks are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. The program is free.

“While our time as an incorporated city is under six years, the history of the Sandy Springs area is rich, and has had an impressive impact on who we are as a community today,” Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos said in a press release. “This series is a great way for residents and those interested in the city’s history to learn more about our early beginnings.”

Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society President Clarke Otten will lead the lecture series.

On Oct. 3 residents learned about the community’s founding through the start of the battle of Atlanta. On Oct. 10, the lecture will cover pre-historic Native Americans to settler farmers. For more information visit

Dan Whisenhunt

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