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.
HISTORY OF PIEDMONT PARK
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