Beginning with pre-Columbian Native American history and 16th-century Spanish settlement of the coast, the Georgia
Pioneer Gallery focuses on General Oglethorpe’s creation of the Colony of Georgia and the enlightenment ideals that were
so instrumental in its inception. The gallery contains documents and historical artifacts from the Native Indian, Spanish,
British Colonial, and American Revolutionary periods. The exhibit also features photographs and artifacts from twenty of
Atlanta’s pioneering families, such as Adair, Candler, Glenn, Herndon, Rich, Woodruff, and many others who have helped
shape our social, economic, and political, and philanthropic landscape.