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Address: 101 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030-2544
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+1 404-373-1088
10:00 - 16:00
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The DeKalb History Center collects, preserves and shares the history of...

The DeKalb History Center collects, preserves and shares the history of DeKalb County, Georgia. Our Archives and Museum are located inside the historic courthouse in downtown Decatur, just a few miles from metro Atlanta. Open to the public, you can research many local history topics including genealogy and family history, cemeteries and historic homes. We also have many resources for teachers and host children’s programs throughout the year. The Courthouse is available for rent and serves as a popular event facility for facility for weddings, corporate functions and parties.

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Great venue for a wedding!

Celebrated a wedding here and found the place to be charming! The stairs were a bit difficult for the elderly, but otherwise it was fine. Unfortunately the only elevator was out... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Local gem and there is a free kinda mini-museum inside in the first floor that you can get around in in 10-15minutes.

Thank agxnes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Celebrated a wedding here and found the place to be charming! The stairs were a bit difficult for the elderly, but otherwise it was fine. Unfortunately the only elevator was out of service, at least for the beginning. Towards the end they got it working again. We had the service upstairs, went to the main level for drinks, while they... More 

Thank Sbueb
Decatur, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Lovely way to learn about the history of the Court House & history of Decatur. Most of it is FREE! Plus the Staff are ready to answer any questions you may have...

Thank TheDarkRose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this walk that begins at the Dekalb County Courthouse. You learn a lot about what times were like before during and after the Civil War and are provided with information if you want to learn more. I was impressed it's staffed by volunteers and the one we had was very knowledgeable, friendly and we had a good group... More 

Thank VJDM
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

What a lovely building that citizens in the 60s had the foresight to save! The old courthouse now holds the DeKalb County Historical soviet. It currently has three exhibits, a permanent and moving exhibit on the American Civil war, a decorative arts area featuring local craftsmen and pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. It also features an exhibit on... More 

Thank Drew K
Florence, AL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

I recently enjoyed the "American Bungalow" exhibit at the courthouse. I was impressed by the quality of the small museum on the ground floor of the courthouse.

Thank dadombrowski
Fairbanks, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

I attended a family wedding on the upper floor which surprisingly for all the marble wall and flooring the acoustics were very good. However, the main entrance which was the reception area which had very poor acoustics making conversations difficult.There are a few historical markers on the grounds describing Civil War battles in the area, a large stone example of... More 

Thank James C
Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The museum is free, but become a member for special perks including talks and tours. There are always themed exhibits, mostly covering the civil war or mid-century decor. Occasionally there are social events like New Years Eve. The staff is always helpful whether you are a member or not.

Thank Westgalady
Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This visit or tour is a must for history bluffs. The Courthouse represents life in and around Decatur.

Thank Cal S
Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

lots of history here in stately old southern county seat court house. excellent wedding venue! had been featured in old matlock tv series in opening credits. i ha vebeen in the court room when a trial was going on and in the same room at a wedding reception. much mor fun at the wedding.

Thank Bbqman3341

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