A popular Atlanta attraction was once just a place called home.

At the turn of the last century, there was a long-standing tradition among Atlanta’s elite to spend summers on the coast or in the mountains. But not everyone enjoyed retreating from Atlanta’s summer temperatures. Some chose to remain close at home.

This week’s Stories of Atlanta illustrates why we say there’s a reason for everything you just have to know the story. It is a tale that begins in the early 1900’s with the building of a family’s summer home and ends with the construction of something that had never before been seen in the City of Atlanta.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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