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Candler Park is a large residential neighborhood developed primarily in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was founded as Edgewood, a small suburban community in DeKalb County halfway between Atlanta and Decatur.

The community of Edgewood grew up in the 1870s and included today’s neighborhoods of Edgewood south of the railroad and Candler Park on the north side with the railroad itself as a central feature rather than a dividing line. The Georgia Railroad stopped then at “Mayson’s Crossing” which was a small commercial district about where the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA Station is today. The Town of Edgewood was incorporated in 1898 and was autonomous for about ten years before being annexed by the City of Atlanta.


Candler Park is one of the oldest public parks in the City of Atlanta. After almost a century, the rich and diverse history of the Park continues to inform and inspire the work of the Conservancy. The land constituting Candler Park traces its known history back into the nineteenth century. Portions of the Park are believed to have served as a Union encampment for divisions from General McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee during the Civil War’s pivotal Battle of Atlanta. A plaque memorializing this event alongside McLendon Avenue NE is now the only visible remnant of this time. Thanks to the work of the Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project, we know that from the period of Reconstruction certain southern and eastern parts of Candler Park held a vibrant residential community comprised predominately of working class African-Americans. The surviving Old Stone Church on Candler Park Drive and a series of markers in and around the Park today bear witness to this complex history. Please be sure to experience this rich history of Candler Park and its surroundings through the new interactive walking tour, developed in collaboration by the Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project, Freedom Park Conservancy & Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.



Candler Park is a 55-acre (223,000 m²) city park located at 585 Candler Park Drive NE, in Atlanta, Georgia. It is named after Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler, who donated this land to the city in 1922. The park features a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a football/soccer field, a basketball court, tennis courts, and a playground. Candler Park is also the name of the neighborhood surrounding the park. It is on the east side of the city, bordering Little Five Points, Lake Claire, Inman Park, Druid Hills, and Edgewood. The Candler Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 1983, with a boundary increase on March 17, 2005. It includes portions of Lake Claire.