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Old Atlanta Prison Farm

by Chris Schroder

The Old Atlanta Prison Farm in southern DeKalb County is Atlanta’s biggest green space at over 300 acres – eclipsing Piedmont Park’s 185 acres. Unfortunately, the farm sits unused except for the occasional movie shoot or an ambitious urban explorer.

The farm was an experimental early 20th-century federal prison, which closed in 1995. The land has rolling spaces, ponds, forests and some marble slabs from the old Carnegie Library, along with trash and abandoned buildings, requiring extensive cleanup.

Decades-long talks between officials to repurpose the farm have proved unsuccessful, but activists continue to rally at Save the Old Atlanta Prison Farm.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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