For group tours of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse or the Historic Complex contact us at or 404-373-1088, extension 20.



Swanton House and Pioneer Log Cabins Tour

Schedule a tour of the DeKalb History Center's historic structures for a group of 10 or more. 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


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.

  • Friday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

    Friday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.

    Saturday, Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m.
  • Friday Dec. 19, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Jan. 22, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday Jan 31, 3 p.m.


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 click for email.

You can also click back to our Events Page here to make reservations via PayPal.


Our galleries and offices will be closed the following days during the holiday season: November 27 and 28, December 24, 25, 26, and 31 and January 1. Please note, we will open December 31 at 8:30 p.m. for Dance Hall Decatur - New Year's Eve!