The Atlanta History Center is located off West Paces Ferry Road in Northeast Atlanta. It takes about two or three hours to see everything it has to offer and that is if you don't go to the Swan House's servants quarters for concessions.
With the museum, the Swan House, and the Tullie Smith House, the area encompasses 32 acres of land showing what life was like in Atlanta before, during, and after the Civil War. The Museum, an 83,000 square foot civil war exhibit, shows off the Atlanta Campaign for the war. With swords, guns, ammo, flags, war memorabilia, and a wooden wagon used by Sherman. It also has permanent exhibits that rotate with tidbits of southern and city culture. "Gone with the Wind" and other American South legacies are on display with that.
The Swan House is a double stair cased mansion decorated in swan motifs and built in 1928. Even with its latter building some of the furniture pieces date to the 1700's inside the mansion. There are guided tours throughout the House to replicate life after the war.
The Tullie Smith house gazes the life during the war, with its building in 1933. It is one of the very few pre-civil war houses that are still left standing today. The history of the house tells of its owners being big plantation owners, possessing some 800 acres and 11 slaves. Inside the house you get demonstrations of yarn spinning, cooking, and how food was stored at the turn of the century.
Take time to walk the trails that wander throughout the woods and gardens, and if you get hungry there is a restaurant and gift shop located in the former servants quarters at the Swan House.
Pros: trails, memorabilia, historical, interesting
Cons: Will take all day if you let it :)