The first settlers in the Atlanta area made their homes in Easton, a farming community that was located at the present day intersection of Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue. Some of the settlers established grist mills and saw mills, and some organized schools and churches. In 1870 the Rock Springs Presbyterian Church was organized by 27 members, some of which were named Plaster, Reader, Cheshire, and Luckie, at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Rock Springs Road. Those names are still familiar today to motorist driving through the area. By 1888 Easton was a growing community of 100 residents and soon with the advent of modern technology residents and visitors alike were able to travel to and from this rural area via rail, streetcar, and automobile.
In 1923 M.S. Rankin and James R. Smith constructed eight homes in a subdivision they named Morningside Park and the area was annexed into the city of Atlanta in 1925. The new development continued to prosper with the addition of retail shops and an active civic league. The civic league was a tight knit group of residents whose purpose was to improve the neighborhood. One of their projects, the planting of a wide selection of dogwood and crepe myrtle trees, are still being enjoyed by all who visit or live in the area.
Today, Morningside is a beautiful, lush residential community of Atlanta that is a wonderful and safe place to call home. The tree-lined streets, cottage and bungalow style homes, and large number of parks create an atmosphere of down-home charm and elegance inside a vibrant, exciting city.
Morningside has everything and more to offer the urban dweller. Residents enjoy a wealth of amenities right at their fingertips--eleven parks all within walking distance, a neighborhood security patrol, a community garden, a Saturday morning farmers market, a plethora of restaurants, nightlife, and spas, and a large selection of entertainment venues.
Morningside has quick access to the amazing Piedmont Park which adjoins the Atlanta Botanical Garden and is a popular festival venue. In the spring when the Dogwood trees are in bloom, Piedmont Park hosts the famous Dogwood Festival. Hundreds of artists from all around the country, showcasing every imaginable kind of art, will set up their tents in the midst of a whirlwind of festivities, music, food, and cultural events. In addition to this fun filled event, Piedmont Park also hosts the annual Atlanta Arts Festival featuring the best in local arts and crafts; Music Midtown, a two-day event featuring a wide variety of current music; the Atlanta Pride Festival promoting visibility and self-esteem among the LGBT community; and the multicultural Festival Peachtree Latino celebrating international activities, arts, food, and music.
Two special events are hosted by the neighborhood each year, the Monumental Ball and the Celebration of Summer Festival. The Monumental Ball is a great place to meet your neighbors, make new friends, and support the neighborhood. The Celebration of Summer Festival is a family centered event that takes place at the end of each school year in the Sidney Marcus Park. Live music, children’s games, and food are featured at this at this fun filled event.
Also connected to area is the new, multi-use Atlanta Beltline, a 22 mile long former railway corridor that meanders through the core of the city. Still under construction, the Beltline will ultimately promote redevelopment of the associated areas, improve local transportation including streetcars and light rail, and add green space to Atlanta which is already known as the “City of Trees”.
For those interested in living within a tight-knit, up-scale community then Morningside is the best Atlanta has to offer.
Restaurants and Shopping
The best food in the area can be found at Alon’s on North Highland Avenue for bakery items, vegan, and takeout; Green Sprout on Piedmont Avenue for healthy Asian selections; Cottage on Piedmont Avenue for an unusual an tasty Ethiopian menu; Pot & Pan on Piedmont Avenue for a family atmosphere and good ol’ southern cooking; and Rustic Gourmet on Zonolite Road for the best in American cuisine.
A great selection of shopping is also available within arm’s reach. The Fickle Manor on North Highland Avenue for eclectic, but wearable, women’s clothing; Meringue Boutique on North Highland Avenue for a great selection in women’s clothing and jewelry; the Shoe Gallery on Amsterdam Avenue for a better-than-department-store selection; Antiques & Beyond on Cheshire Bridge Road for antiques, collectibles, and wonderful junk; Oriental Designer Rugs on Amsterdam Avenue for a full selection of beautiful rugs; Spencer Malay Hair on Lindbergh Drive to that spa-like experience; Yoforia on North Highland Avenue for organic frozen yogurt treats; and Flora Dora on Cheshire Bridge Road for beautiful home decor.
Everything is waiting for you in Morningside.
Residents send their children to the highly ranked Morningside Elementary School, Inman Middle School a National School of Excellence, and Henry W. Grady High School a Communication Magnet School, a Fine Arts Academy, a Health and Science Academy, and a Travel and Tourism Academy.
Local colleges and universities in the area are Agnes Scott College, Columbia theological Seminary, Emory University, and Georgia Perimeter College. Also located nearby is the Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
Morningside has access to the MARTA bus system via Bus 16 in Little Five Points or Bus 36 in Midtown.