Green Space

Lullwater 175 Things You Should Know about Emory

11. Lush, Lovely Lullwater

The modern history of Lullwater begins in the 1820s, when the land behind the present-day Clairmont Campus was wrested from the Creek people by European settlers. Emory bought much of it from the Candler family in the 1950s, and in 1963, Sanford S. Atwood moved into the Tudor-style Lullwater House, establishing it as Emory’s presidential residence. Today Lullwater offers 185 acres of woods, water, and fields, populated by a rich ecosystem of largely native plants and wildlife. The serene, sweeping park is open to the Emory community and is well used by hikers, joggers, nature lovers, dog walkers, and Frisbee throwers—all on bike or foot, but not car (only President Wagner’s Prius is regularly seen on the expansive driveway). A 1986 BBC broadcast called Emory the “most beautiful campus in America,” likening Lullwater to the Garden of Eden.

13. Green Space

A deep pocket of forest known as Baker Woodland is snugly situated behind the Carlos Museum, beckoning passersby into its dappled shade for snatches of peace and privacy. The environmental sculpture Source Route, made up of concrete stairs, wooden boards, and steel planks, leads the curious into the woods and then back out again. Sculptor George Trakas designed the path in 1979 as a physical outgrowth of an international symposium hosted by Emory’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter on intellect and imagination.

14. Into the Woods

Hahn Woods offers almost five acres for hiking, relaxing, and sightseeing. The scenic preserve is located on the western end of Lullwater, where a new 210-foot long suspension bridge guides travelers over South Fork Peachtree Creek.

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