Morningside Timeline

Before Morningside

1860's
Farmers settle in the area centered around Monroe and Piedmont, called Easton, taking advantage of the rich creek network in the area.
1870
Rock spring Presbyterian Church is formed with 27 members, families whose names are seen today throughout the area.
1876
Airline Bell Train from Atlanta to Tocooa adds a stop in Easton.
1880's
A large farm located east of North Highland Avenue in Morningside-Lenox Park was renowned for its large collection of quote the finest livestock” and “the most modern equipment.”
1917
Lanier University was planned at University and Spring Valley as the first co-ed Baptist college. Only one building was completed, Arlington Hall, that still stands today. In 1949, it was purchased by Congregation Shearith Israel.

Founding Morningside Lenox Park

1923
Highland Park and University Park were established. Eight homes were built to establish Morningside.
1925
Highland Park and Morningside shopping centers were built.
1925
Morningside and Presbyterian Church founded at 415 Morningside Dr. In 1945, they moved to their current location.
1929
Morningside Elementary opens with six classrooms.
1930's
Noble Park, Hyland Park and Lenox Park were established.

The Battle for the Creation of Morningside

1964
GDOT announces plans to build I-485 and destroy the neighborhood.
1965
Morningside Lenox Park Association (MLPA) was formed to fight the construction of I-485.
1965
The State condemns 1000 houses, razes 300 houses, and sets up a local Georgia Department of Highway office on E. Rock Springs.
1971
The Battle Begins

The battle began and a PAC formed led by Mary Davis, Virginia Gaddis, Adele Northrop, Barbara Ray, and Virginia Taylor. The pack gets to work convincing the neighborhood that it could stop the road, raising money for litigation and renewing a lawsuit based on recent federal legislation.

Communities leverage environmental impact studies against road projects.

Injunction won to stop the destruction of homes and temporarily stop the road.

1975
Victory for Morningside

The board of Alderman votes to shift 70 million in I-485 funds to MARTA. The battle for the neighborhood finally ends in victory!