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atlanta attraction Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Established in 1980, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site includes the boyhood home of the civil rights leader, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the 35-acre site is managed by the National Park Service and holds remembrances for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday of January each year.

The New American Shakespeare Tavern
A consolidation of the former Atlanta Shakespeare Company, which ran from 1984 until 1990, and the original Shakespeare Tavern, which operated from 1990 until 1999, the New American Shakespeare Tavern opened in 1999, following a million dollar refurbishment and expansion of the site. Located on Peachtree Street, in the SoHo district of Atlanta, the New American Shakespeare Tavern offers authentic Shakespearean productions and pub-style refreshments.

Oakland Cemetery
The final resting place for many of Atlanta's most well-known residents, Oakland Cemetery was founded in 1850 on six acres. Originally called the Atlanta Cemetery, its name was changed in 1872 because of the many oak trees on its property. As the oldest cemetery in Atlanta, Oakland is like a museum of Atlanta history. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the cemetery is kept up by the Historic Oakland Foundation and offers guided tours throughout the year.

The Wren's Nest
The former residence of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the "Uncle Remus" and "Brer Rabbit" stories, the Wren's Nest is an Atlanta farmhouse that was built in 1870 and provided a home for the Harris family from 1881 until Mr. Harris' death in 1908. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1966, the Wren's Nest offers tours and storytelling throughout the year, in addition to its annual Wren's Nest Fest that is held in June.

Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum
Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum was built in 1821. The museum showcases Civil War artifacts including uniforms, weapons and photographs and features an enormous cycloramic painting and diorama of the 1864 Battle of Atlanta that offers a realistic vision of the war. Additionally, the museum houses "The Texas," a steam locomotive that was influential in the Civil War during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.