4 thoughts on “Eye on the Farm”

  1. Thanks An. Great Pic. Little Creek is now surrounded by homes, gas stations and North DeKalb Mall but it provides a peek into what much of DeKalb looked like before large scale development began in the Fifties. Although not in the City of Decatur, it is close enough for us to enjoy. I’m not sure who was responsible for saving this area for future generations but you deserve a big “Thank You” for your efforts.

    1. Little Creek Farm is a Dekalb County Park. Situated in a flood plain, it was purchased with green space money in 2004 from the family who had owned the property, and much more, since before the Civil War. Union soldiers camped along the banks of South Peachtree Creek during the Battle of Atlata I 1864. The bridge crossing the creek was on the path of the original Lawrenceville Highway. Little Creek Farm started as a dairy farm in the 1920’s and became a horse farm in 1958.

      Comprised of more tha 40 acres, 14 of which provide pasture for 45 privately owned horses, the Farm is a unique venue for recreation and education for visitors of all ages and interests. The property also supports a barn with 46 horse stalls, office, tack rooms, lounge, and a state-of-the-art riding arena; an outside riding and jumping arena; round exercise pen; and fenced grass arena, The Farm is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00. Riding lessons are offered through two permanent trainers in the disciplines of dressage and jumping. From March through November, barn tours that also include a horse demonstration and horse-related are offered via the LIttle Creek Farm Conservancy website. This program, Hands on Horses, also welcomes groups from personal care homes, schools, scout troops, retirement homes, and other special needs groups. In addition, the privately run not-for-profit Stride Ahead group provides therapeutic riding programs for special needs adults and children, those with spinal cord injuries, and returning injured military.

      The Little Creek Farm Conservancy, a 501 c(3) not-for-profit, supports the Farm and County management by funding various projects for maintenance and improvement of the facility. Boarding fees paid to the County provide operational income. Many public fundraising events are held throughout the year, such as Spring Pony Rides, the Fall HorseFest (coming up this year on September 17) and the December Holiday Bazaar and Mounted Quadrille Performance, Other events, such as equine schooling shows, Fun Day mounted games, Halloween Horse & Rider Costume Conntest, and clean up days are open to the public.

      The Conservancy and County are continually working to expand the ways the Park can be enjoyed by everyone and public comments are always appreciated. Let us know what you think at [email protected]. To learn more about the activities of the Farm and plan a visit, see our website at littlecreekfarmconservancy.org. Those of us who love the Farm look forward to showing you around.

      And I’m Jane Donofrio, President of the LIttle Creek Farm Conservancy, a Decatur resident, and obviously a huge booster of the Park!

      1. Thanks Jane. Interesting detail about Union soldiers. That makes sense based on the historical information found at Lawrenceville Highway and I-285. Those boys were marching to Decatur and I’m guessing it was alot hotter then than now. Taking a break and maybe a swim in the creek must have felt pretty darn good. I also recall as a boy a radio building and tower on a hill (now gone) near the farm.
        Best of luck!

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