The Druid Hills Civic Association is a membership organization serves the historic neighborhood of Druid Hills, a community nestled in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Joining (or renewing your membership) helps ensure that we can do our best to advocate for and protect the neighborhood, keep residents in the know, and help build an even stronger sense of community.
Published December 2021
The DHCA is proud to be a part of Olmsted 200, a coordinated national and local celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted's bicentennial birthday coming up in April. Learn more about what Druid Hills is doing to celebrate the event here.
The Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens is back! Mark your calendars for April 29-May 1. Tickets coming soon.
Contact Kit Eisterhold
Both businesses and individual contributors make a big difference in helping offset the cost of running this great event. LEARN MORE HERE about business sponsorship levels or reach out to Kit about individual sponsorship.
COMMUNITY MEETING NOV. 11
2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture. His legacy lives on in iconic spaces around the U.S. such as New York's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and many more, including our beloved Druid Hills neighborhood and the Olmsted Linear Park that runs along Ponce de Leon Avenue.
The National Association for Olmsted Parks is coordinating a celebration of his life and legacy. In Atlanta, the Druid Hills Olmsted 200 Celebration Committee has representatives from 9 local organizations who are planning several exciting events the week of his birthday. Mark your calendars for these awesome Druid Hills events:
2022 Olmsted Invitational Plein Air
Olmsted 200 Tennis Tournament
Druid Hills Golf Club
Monday, April 25th
Olmsted 200th Birthday Black Tie Gala
Callanwolde Fine Art Center
Tuesday, April 26th (tickets available soon!)
Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens
Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1
Linear Park Artisan Market
The morning of Saturday, April 30th
Free Concert in Emory Village
The afternoon of Saturday, April 30th
Druid Hills Holiday Home Decorating Contest Winner
Thank you to everyone who nominated a home for our Druid Hills Holiday Home Decorating Contest!! We got a lot of great nominations, and some wonderful stories behind many of them. And although we had some FANTASTIC entries, there could only be one winner...Congratulations to Perry Mitchell and Pam Woodley, of 1691 Ridgewood Dr!
Perry and Pam will choose either a gold or bronze Druid Hills yard sign to display outside their home since they were the winning home!
Emory Village Alliance hosts the best Open Streets Event ever!
From awesome music and lots of activities for the kiddos to do, Open Streets Emory Village was a great time for all that attended. The Emory Village Alliance (EVA) hosted this annual event and once again provided a spectacular neighborhood festival for Druid Hills.
Our DHCA sponsored and organized the Halloween Parade & Costume Contest. It was definitely one of the highlights of the afternoon! The Druid Hills High School Marching Band and several of our community's elected officials led the parade thru Emory Village. We provided some great prizes to our costume winners, thanks to local businesses and residents. Thank you to everyone who helped organize this great event, and everyone that came out to enjoy it!
DHCA events are brought to you by our membership committee. We'd love more hands as we plan and execute more community activities like these! Email our membership director, Thea Roeser, to join this great committee.
Our last Neighborhood Service Day was a huge success! From Heaton Park's maintenance and creating new switchbacks to landscaping help and street sign cleaning, thank you to all who came to spruce up the neighborhood.
OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
DHCA is excited to begin 2021 by sharing our strategic plan. Thanks to the hundreds of members for supporting our efforts and shaping this vision. We hope you see reflections of your insights and recommendations throughout our plan. This plan sharpens our focus and defines the impact we will aim to achieve over the next five years and we encourage our neighbors to take ownership by getting involved. Please find a broad overview of the plan here.
DRUID HILLS PARENT GROUP
NEIGHBORS, TAKE ACTION!
Our community is part of the heart of intown living in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta have limited funds to tackle a variety of infrastructure and amenity projects, and our neighborhood's needs are often overlooked. The DHCA actively advocates for action with city and county officials, but the loudest voices are most often heard. That's where our residents come in! Please help us write to these officials so that things like our sidewalks, twittens, the train bridge and more might be moved up their priority list. Check out our "Residents, Take Action" page to download email templates, get current contact information, and more!
This was the original plan for Druid Hills, as designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800's.
As the only neighborhood in the South designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills stands apart from the other Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, for the quality and integrity of its historic architecture and for the sweeping wide open spaces and the soaring canopy of its mature hardwoods.
In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of the neighborhood Druid Hills has been established as a historic district. Anyone who wishes to make significant changes to their properties must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) through either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on where your property is. The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.
Thanks for helping us preserve and protect the unique heritage of historic Druid Hills. Read more about how historic preservation got started in Druid Hills here.
HISTORY OF THE DHCA
One of most active neighborhood groups in the South, DHCA was founded in 1938 to help residents preserve and protect the unique heritage of Druid Hills as envisioned by its creator, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Much of our work involves exercising vigilance in land use and zoning matters, communicating with local and state officials, informing the residents about community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the neighborhood for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Druid Hills Historic District incorporates in its entirety the area formerly listed as the Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District.
Learn some of our rich history as experienced by many of our long-time residents by watching the delightful "Druid Hills History Happens Here".
Did you know the DHCA worked ardently over 25 years to prevent the expansion of the Stone Mountain Freeway and the proposed Presidential Parkway from being built straight thru Druid Hills?
“An Informal History of the Druid Hills Civic Association, Celebrating 75 years” was written in 2013 and Thea Roeser, our membership chair, would be happy to deliver one to your home. Please send your name and address to email@example.com and she will deliver one to your mailbox!