ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2014 — A $3,000 donation from the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) will support The Buckhead Heritage Society’s Interpretive Master Plan.
BBA Executive Director Smita Solanki presented Buckhead Heritage Executive Director Erica Danylchak with a check during the BBA’s Holiday Party, held Thursday at the Swan Coach House.
Completed in December, the plan will guide how Buckhead’s history is told by using exhibits and signage throughout the community’s greenspace system. The plan emerged from the Buckhead Greenspace Action Plan and also aims to help the Buckhead community tap into the growing Heritage Tourism trend.
“Buckhead has a deep history, and the Interpretive Master Plan will ensure that history is preserved and retold to future generations,” Solanki said. “We are excited about the opportunity to contribute to an initiative that will not only help improve the quality of life in Buckhead, but will preserve the unique heritage of our community.”
The BBA raised the money for Thursday’s donation during a silent auction at September’s Taste of Buckhead.
“We are grateful for this contribution that will help us advance our Interpretive Master Plan, which will be implemented over the next few years,” Danylchak said. “The interpretive program outlined in the plan will prompt residents and visitors alike to discover that Buckhead, indeed, has a rich history. And it will focus attention on essential elements of the community’s fabric that should be preserved in the future.”
In addition to the funds for Buckhead Heritage, the three celebrity chefs who participated in the event each donated $500 to a charity of his choice. Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Chef Sean Woods of Cherokee Town and Country Club both donated to Share Our Strength, and Chef Philippe Haddad of F&B Atlanta donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Today known for its upscale shopping and office space, Buckhead has a long history.
Henry Irby established a general store in the area during the 1830s. After he prominently displayed the head of a deer in the area (possibly in front of his tavern), the community earned the nickname Buck’s Head, which stuck and morphed into Buckhead.