Public Programs


The DeKalb History Center hosts educational programs throughout the year including lunch and learn lectures, tours and a variety of others. Please check our events page for more information. For programs listed below, please call 404-373-1088 extension 20 for tickets and information or email


Swanton House and Pioneer Log Cabins TouR

Schedule a tour for your own group of 10 or more people of the DeKalb History Center's historic structures at 720 West Trinity Place in Decatur. Benjamin Swanton was an early settler and businessman in Decatur. His former home is furnished for the mid-nineteenth century and reflects the lifestyle of this middle class family. Hear his story and learn about the early days of DeKalb County and Decatur. Call 404-373-1088, ext 20. (Pictured below - Benjamin Swanton and his granddaughters)


Civil War Walking Tour

Join us for a guided Civil War walking tour in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in

the lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit,

Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history

of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign,

and the Battle of Decatur.

Please check back later for new dates!

History of DeKalb and Historic Courthouse Tour

Schedule a tour of the Historic Courthouse for groups of 10 or more. Learn about the early history of DeKalb County beginning with the native people who still occupied the land after the formation of the county. Learn where their trade routes once were and how that influenced the future settlers. Which areas of the county were settled first and what did people do here? When did the population really begin to grow and why? How many enslaved people were here? How was DeKalb affected during the Civil War? How did the courthouse change over time and what was its role in the county? Come and hear this fascinating history!


 All tours are $10 for adults, $6 for children (age 6 - 18), under 5 free with an adult

For reservations call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or




Past Events


Civil War Symposium: Life in Atlanta and DeKalb during the War

July 11, 2015


This symposium at the Historic Courthouse in Decatur focuses on events and people in and around DeKalb County and Atlanta during the War. Participants will explore the connections between the big picture of Civil War history and the personal stories and events of this area. Join us for tours, lectures, a panel discussion and a play about the War. See the schedule of events below and register online.

Please note - BOTH van tours are full. Online registration has closed. The cost tomorrow is $60 for walk-ups and does not include the van tour.