Piedmont Heights dates back to as early as 1912, as evidenced by reference to the “Piedmont Heights” area found in plats in the Fulton County tax offices. Our neighborhood has had an interesting evolution through the years.
Once considered “the country” and located on the outskirts of Atlanta, this area was composed of mostly undisturbed forest. The second oldest house in Atlanta is the two-story frame Liddell house on Montgomery Ferry Road, built circa 1860.
Early residents of the area included the Liddells (who owned a 40-acre farm), the Plasters, the Hopes, and the Monroes. The Monroe family owned a 15-acre parcel of land where the current Ansley-Monroe Villas, the Red Cross, and the Gables Grandview Apartments are now located. W. L. Monroe operated a vibrant nursery for
many years beginning in the 1940s, and it brought employment and residents to the area.
In 1924, our neighborhood was home to the Governor’s Horse Guard Stables, located near the Montgomery Ferry and Flagler intersection. New residents to the area in 1937 could purchase a new home for $4,700 and the homestead exemption covered the county and state taxes! The Rock Springs Road and Wimbledon Road areas were developed during the ‘40s and ‘50s.
Today, over 2,000 households and the vibrant Ansley Mall shopping area make up Piedmont Heights. Currently, the neighborhood borders are Piedmont Avenue/Road (east), the BeltLine [the former Norfolk Southern railroad bed] (west), and I-85 (north).