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.


From Forest to Farm

  • Piedmont Park was initially a forest
  • In 1834, Samuel and Sarah Walker, among 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