Writers of West End: A Walk with The Wren’s Nest

  • May 4, 2024 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • The Wren's Nest

    1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard Southwest
    Atlanta, Georgia 30310
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This Jane’s Walk, taking place in West End, focuses on themes of art, architecture, history, and culture.

Join Paige Sullivan from The Wren’s Nest and Robert Thompson from Insight Cultural Tourism to explore the rich cultural history of Atlanta's West End neighborhood. On this walk, you’ll visit several locations associated with writers who lived or worked in West End, from Joel Chandler Harris and Madge A. Bingham to Pearl Cleage. Stops include The Wren's Nest, Hammonds House Museum, and the Shrine of the Black Madonna bookstore.

The walk will conclude at Portrait Coffee, where guests can enjoy coffee and informal conversation with fellow tour-takers.


The Details

  • Distance of Walk: 1 mile
  • Getting There: Parking should be available at The Wren’s Nest, or you can connect from the BeltLine’s Westside Trail.
  • The West End MARTA station is a quick two-minute walk from The Wren’s Nest, so that’s a great option, too!
  • Accessibility: This walk covers paved terrain, and it is wheelchair accessible.
  • What to wear and bring: Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes for walking. Bring a water bottle!


About Jane's Walk

Jane’s Walk is an annual global festival honoring the legacy of urbanist, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs with free, citizen-led walking tours through the neighborhoods that lend so much character to our cities.

The festival promotes civic engagement and encourages leaders and participants to share stories about their communities and use walking as a means of connecting with their neighbors.


About the Leaders of This Walk

Paige Sullivan co-chairs the board of The Wren’s Nest, a nonprofit museum and cultural center that preserves storytelling traditions, cultivates the next generation of readers and writers, and celebrates self-expression. The Wren’s Nest was originally the home of author and journalist Joel Chandler Harris and is today a National Historic Landmark in Atlanta's West End neighborhood. It has operated as a museum since 1913 and is Atlanta’s oldest house museum.


Robert Thompson is from Insight Cultural Tourism, a local tourism company that has been conducting tours primarily in the West End neighborhoods since 2014. With Insight Cultural Tourism, Robert has done history tours, art tours, and community garden tours. The company was the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership in 2017. Insight has also developed and conducted tours for The Wren’s Nest, Spelman College, the Hammonds House Museum, Georgia Stand Up, Plywood People, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.


Cancellation Policy

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met.

If you need to cancel your plans for any reason, we kindly request that you notify us 48 hours prior to the event start.

By doing so, we can release your seat to another individual interested in joining us for this Jane’s Walk!


Any Questions?

Email Mary, MODA's Programs Manager, at maryk@museumofdesign.org.

Date & Time

Sat, May 4, 2024 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Venue Details

The Wren's Nest

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30310 The Wren's Nest
Museum of Design Atlanta

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