Stone Mountain is located in the eastern part of Dekalb County and is an outer suburb of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. The population was 5,802 at the 2010 census. Stone Mountain harbors plant and animal life found no other place in the world.
The mountain has contributed to the city’s economy throughout the years both as a tourist attraction and its former use as a granite quarry. Many of the historic buildings are built from the local Stone Mountain granite and have a distinctive look and feel. Some buildings in the village date back almost 200 years.
The historic train depot is home to the former City Hall and the Police Department. The South wing of the depot was constructed in 1856. The north wing was constructed in 1914. It is the oldest structure that was burned by General Sherman during the Civil War that is still in use today.
The sculpture “Sherman’s Neckties,” is part of the city’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The sculpture is located at the corner of Main and Mountain, next to the railroad tracks. It represents the practice of Union soldiers dismantling railroad tracks, then heating and bending them so they were of no use to the Confederate Army.
The Stone Mountain Cemetery is a major Civil War site and contains over 100 confederate graves. Nearby Stone Mountain Park is the site of a famous giant carving commemorating the military leaders of the Confederacy, as well as a state park and museum, including a tourist railroad.
Stone Mountain’s historic African American neighborhood, Shermantown, was named in honor of the night that the general spent in the area
Stone Mountain Village
The heart of Stone Mountain is known as Stone Mountain Village. Main Street is a pedestrian-friendly area with retail shopping, restaurants and a theatre. Shopping includes a number of artist galleries including a number of artist studios. Other shops include a collectible & antique chair gallery/museum, Barron’s Jewelry, art galleries, Crystal & Porcelain Restorations, Good Sense Fragrance & Gifts among others.
Visitors should make their first stop at the Stone Mountain Village Visitor’s Center located in a picturesque Caboose on Main Street to gather information on the area. Their Spring and Summer hours of operation are Tuesday 10-4, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1-4. They are closed on Mondays. From mid-October to mid-April, their Saturday hours shorten to 10-4.
ART Station is in the old Trolley Car Barn and Power Station and is home to its own professional equity theatre company, five art galleries, a children’s gallery, a gift shop, classroom, production and administrative space. The Theatre is located at 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.
There are a number of local Restaurants nearby, for a full listing, click here.
The PATH Trail ends in Stone Mountain Park and runs right through the Village. Stone Mountain Village is home and a destination to many cycling and hiking enthusiasts. The 1996 Summer Olympic Games tennis, archery and track cycling tournaments were held in Stone Mountain Park.
Located just outside the Village is Stone Mountain Park, which is Georgia’s most popular attraction and features a wide variety of family activities. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, adventure awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions and many natural and historical sights. You won’t want to miss dozens of fun annual events such as Spring FUN Break, Summer at the Rock, Yellow Daisy Festival, Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain.
Stone Mountain’s Annual Festivals:
- Blue Grass Roots Music & Arts Festival
- Stone Mountain Day
- A Tour of Southern Ghosts
- Christmas Parade & Fireworks
- Full Listing of Events Here
Historical sites include:
- Wells Brown House – Headquarters for the Stone Mountain Historic Society
- ART Station
- Train Depot – City Hall & Court House
- Andrew Johnson Hotel
- Stilwell House – Village Inn B & B
- Stone Mountain Cemetery