As you walk through the Park, have you ever wondered where those stone walls or steps came from? Piedmont Park has a rich history spanning over the course of nearly two centuries. Since 1822, Piedmont Park has continuously evolved, changed hands, and underwent several transformations. It first began as a forest, then a farm, then a fairground and suburban park, and finally to the urban park that it is today.

Check out our free, guided history tours by the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

HISTORY OF PIEDMONT PARK

From Forest to Farm

  • Piedmont Park was initially a forest
  • In 1834, Samuel and Sarah Walker, one of the area’s pioneer settlers, purchased the land for $450
  • Walkers built a cabin on what is now the Active Oval, cleared the trees, and transformed it into farmland
  • In 1857, their son Benjamin Walker purchased the farm from his father and settled into a new log cabin where the Piedmont Driving Club is located today