West End has an unrivaled collection of vegan and vegetarian eateries and is home to a wide variety of historic churches and religious institutions. West End residents also benefit from convenient access to five City of Atlanta parks and public greenspaces as well as the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. If you’re interested in cultural exhibitions and programming, West End is home to both Hammonds House Museum and the Wren’s Nest, also known as the Joel Chandler Harris House.
Hammonds House Museum is prominently located along one of West End’s most historic residential streets, and is a unique setting to explore the cultural diversity and legacy of African and African American artists. The museum is the former home of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, who was a notable Atlanta physician and a passionate patron of the arts. The Hammonds House Museum is committed to preserving and celebrating art from the African diaspora, as exemplified by its more than 350 original works dating as far back as the mid-19th century.
The Wren’s Nest is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and the heritage of African American folklore, as told through the storytelling tradition of the Br’er Rabbit tales. The Wren’s Nest Museum serves as an educational resource for West End residents, the greater Atlanta community and visitors from around the world, and is located inside one of Atlanta’s most historic Queen Anne Victorian homes. The Wren’s Nest was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and has since been maintained and preserved by the Joel Chandler Harris Association.
The West End neighborhood is a rare historic gem inside the city limits. We invite you to join us and discover why residents unequivocally think West End is one of the best places to live in Atlanta.