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

Lance Russell

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.

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Lance Russell
Lance Russell

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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    Britton Edwards March 30, 2015 8:00 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know the history

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    Cheryl Mayerik March 31, 2015 10:18 am

    This is just one is series of intriguing short stories about Atlanta.  I viewed most of the them to date and they were all compelling and filled with history that was new to me!  Russell has done a fabulous job with this series.  Share with a friend.

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    Cheryl Mayerik March 31, 2015 10:18 am

    This is just one in a series of intriguing short stories about Atlanta.  I’ve checked out most of the them to date and they were all compelling and filled with history that was new to me!  Russell has done a fabulous job with this series.  Share with a friend.

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    Lance Russell April 1, 2015 12:42 am

    @Cheryl Mayerik Cheryl thank you for the vote of confidence.  To quote Blanche, “I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.”  Atlanta has grown with a passion and determination that few other cities can match and, in the wake of that growth, is a wonderful collection of inspiring and entertaining stories.  We are pleased to be among the  contributors of the Saporta Report who are telling so many of Atlanta’s stories.

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    RustyMills June 25, 2015 9:57 am

    I am related to the Ottley’s by marriage — my stepfather and stepbrother’s middle name is “Ottley”…

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