Lovett School Civil War Trail

Trail of a Campus’s Civil War History

The Lovett School is a K-12 private school located in northwest Atlanta, adjacent to the Chattahoochee River. It was discovered during construction of some new facilities that there are remnant trenches from the Civil War located on the campus. The School is located nearby the famous “Chattahoochee River Line” of fortifications developed to protect the City from the invasion of Union forces. The project involved the design and development of 5 interpretive signs along a campus trail that chronicle the events of the Civil War and establishes the context for the remnant trenches on campus.

The goal of the project was to protect and respect the historic resources, as well as provide information to support a portion of the school’s history curriculum. The importance of the Civil War events that occurred on the campus were interpreted and placed within the context of the entire Civil War and the Campaign for Atlanta.

The interpretive team worked closely with the school administration, alumni, and representatives of the student council. Actual artifacts found on site were photographed, researched and used as a portion of the information presented on the panels. Additional information was gathered with support from local museums including the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.