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Built in the early 1900's, the Herndon Home Museum is an elegant time capsule of history filled with inspirational messages and artifacts. Mr. Herndon himself, was an extraordinary man with the courage and ambition to prevail over any obstacle within his path to success. May his journey of success live on through the eyes and ears of museum tourist for years to come.
Well preserved historic home museum.
Great historical museum
A brilliant slice of history! The story of Alonzo Herndon is inspirational and this home, forming part of his legacy, is very well preserved. This one’s a hidden gem and there’s much more to see here than the more popular swan house.
Although the hours displayed are Tuesday and Thursday, visits can be arranged and other times of the week if you book in advance.
Wow! Great staff with warm smiles. They gave an amazing tour. You see and hear about Mr. Herndon and his family. Someone once said, "You don't know where you are going, unless you know where you come from...." You will be inspired to do great things and give back.
Really enjoyed the museum!!!
A hidden jewel in Atlanta’s AUC/ historic West End area. The home is well kept and preserves the Herndon legacy beautifully.
Great place for a field trip, beautiful home, outstanding testimony, go see what's going on!
From enslaved to Georgia first African American millionaire
Wish schools did more tours here. Such an inspiration and amazing home! If you even have an interest in Atlanta history or home design, check it out! Can see the Mercedes Benz stadium from the parking in the back of the house.
The home of Alonzo Herndon, from enslaved to millionaire, Georgia first African American millionaire. Alonzo Herndon was th2 founder of Atlanta Life Insurance Company and his son Norris Herndon, was the banker behind ths Modern Civil Rights movement. I will treasure this place with my life.
One of the prettiest homes in all of Atlanta with an amazing storyline!! I thoroughly enjoyed my time there!! Exceptional staff with detailed knowledge of the home's history..
Excellent Black History location.
Excellent team there! Very knowledgeable about the home and the Herndon family history. Extremely courteous and professional.
Great staff. Very knowledgeable
Just wanted to say thank you to Madam Julissa and Mrs. Roberta. You all continue to keep me coming to the Herndon Home. I will be bringing my pre-k class.
Whether you are white, black and everything in between, this is apart of American History! A very interesting part of it.
Wanna see the true face of gentrification? Visit the Herndon Home. With the new Dome in the background and development slowly encroaching on this house it easily displays the displacement that Atlanta’s African American community is dealing with. Once the most affluent areas of Black Wealth in the city since the Sweet Auburn district, today everything around it has begun deteriorating and has been purchased by outside developers and other communities. The home which was designed by Mrs. Herndon displays the power and excellence of our community. The teams protecting it have done quite a good job at it and the history is everywhere.
The Women’s League of the Atlanta Black Chambers’ hosted our afternoon tea event at the Herndon Home. We could not think of a better venue to discuss black wealth than the home of Alonzo Herndon, Atlanta’s first black millionaire. We were so excited that the Herndon Home opened their doors for us to have a memorable experience. The staff exuded excellence in their working with us in planning and in the execution of the event. Members also got to partake in a tour of the home before the event. The feedback was extremely positive on the wealth of information provided by the docent. We were so appreciative of the support, hospitality, and knowledge of the staff. If you’re hosting an event, you should definitely consider the Herndon Home.
The Historic Herndon Home Mansion Museum is the home of the late great Alonzo Herndon and Adrienne Herndon. The home was built in 1910 at a cost of $10,000. Alonzo built this home for his wife Adrianne Herndon, Adrianne wanted her own home, prior to the Herndon family building their own home, the couble lived in what was know as Bunstead Cottage. Adrianne Herndon was a college professor at Atlanta College. When Atlanta College was build, it only had three Black College professors; WEB DuBois, Mr. Towns, and Adrienne Herndon. Adrianne Herndon was the only Black female college professor on the entire campus and she taught Elocution, today we refer to this term as actress. Adrienne Herndon told her husband that she wanted a house. Adrienne Herndon sketched out the images of how she wanted her house to look, Alonzo Herndon took these images and his construction crew around 1908, began to construct his wide home. The house was completed around March 1910. Adrienne Herndon was ill, suffering from Addison disease. In April 1910, Adrienne died of Addison disease. Alonzo Herndon I felt was a great man, if the world only knew of his great accomplishments, I think we would look at the Historic Herndon Home Mansion Museum a little bit difderent. Alonzo was born/ebslaved on a plantation in Social Circle, Georgia. His mother and grandmother were also ebslaved by these freaking slave traders there. Alonzo Herndon went from enslaved to millionaire. Alonzo Herndon and Black men who could vote at this time in south were Republican. In 1910, African American males were beginning to loose their rights to vote, at this time in America sick history, only men could vote. But for these men to vote, they had to own property, real estate properties. Alonzo Herndon built houses, restored houses and sold them to African American males to increase Black voting power in Atlanta, Georgia. Alonzo Herndon supported Morris Brown College, this was the only HBCU build by the Black community and for the Black community. We called Morris Brown College the Herndon School. Alonzo Herndon had chained barber shops. When African American men were enslaved, these men were the barber that cut White people hair, after fake Emanicipation, Black continue to cut White people hair. These jobs were considered by many as inferior work. Alonzo Herndon was a barber, brother if you look at Atlanta communities, you will see Black Barber Shops throughout the communities. Alonzo Herndon had a Barber Shop on Peachtree Street called the Crystal Palace, the most stylish Barber Shop on the planet. At the Crystal Palace a White man could get his hair cut, take a bath, shoes shine, chew tobacco and spit in a cup calked a pitone. Alonzo Herndon became extremely wealthy wuth his barber shops. He realize that he had clientele seeking services. Alonzo Herndon wrote in his letter, we have clients seeking professional servces, we will give the best services possible, and we will be paid for everything we do. Now, Alonzo is a millionaire, Historic Wheat Street Baptist Church got issues. This grand church started a benovelent inside the church to assist the women in the church and the Black communities. The state of Georgia found out about this Benevolent and decided to close the church down. The church decided to save the benevolent, the church started their search to look for an honest man. The church gave the benevolent to Alonzo Herndon, this Benevolent consisted of 500 members. The Atlanta Benevolent Association now becomes The Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Atlanta Life Insurance Company doing his hayday, was the most powerful Black institutions on the planet. Alonzo Herndon, Atlanta Life Insurance Company controlled the entire southeast United States. Prior to fake intergration, Black communities traded in Black communities. Alonzo Herndon died in 1927, with an access of a hundred millions dollars.
The house is so beautiful, well appointed and full of fascinating history! Definitely a must see when visiting Atlanta! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, personable and friendly, you will enjoy your visit!
My family took me here as a birthday gift because I love Atlanta and Georgia history and I've wanted to visit the Herndon Home for a long time. This tour...read this and 2 more