"The Atlanta Preservation Center’s A Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites will be March 8-23, 2014. This unique annual program includes hundreds of free events throughout Atlanta. The Celebration includes guided walking tours, bicycle tours, exhibits, lectures and interactive children’s activities. At a time when our Nation is commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is important to recognize what has occurred in Atlanta since this event. Atlanta was sited in 1837 to serve as a hub for railroads and because of this was assured by geography to be a place of growth and expansion. At the end of the War in 1865, over half of the City had been burned and its infrastructure destroyed. Nonetheless, in 1868, it became the State’s Capitol and by the end of Reconstruction in 1877 was physically much larger than its pre-War boundaries. We now have well over 100 years of buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes which are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and worthy of preservation and celebration. All events of the Celebration are offered on a first-come, first-served basis but many events require reservations. The Celebration schedule and event information is available at www.PreserveAtlanta.com"