Photos – Mr. B’s summer vacation

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 12, 2014

Chris Billingsley is a retired Decatur High Social studies teacher, known to many as Mr. B.

Mr. B has been busy this summer, snapping photos of things going on around town. He’s passionate about history, is interested in what’s happening at the cemetery and has a genuine love for his community.

Here’s a look at Decatur through the eyes of Mr. B.

"Georgia peaches at Saturday market on square."

“Georgia peaches at Saturday market on square.”

 

"Glen Lake dog park. You would think that if an aggressive dog attacked you or your dog on city property/city park, the police would be called."

“Glenlake dog park. You would think that if an aggressive dog attacked you or your dog on city property/city park, the police would be called.”

 

"Me too!"

“Me too!”

“Here are several pictures the show the Union advance towards Decatur from the north. The left wing of Sherman’s army marched to Decatur via the Clairmont Road and Lawrenceville Highway/Church Street. The most interesting marker for me is one that identifies General Sherman’s headquarters just south of the Clairmont Road railroad overpass.  … Growing up, I remember seeing this marker and thinking that Sherman stayed in the house behind it. Of course that house is long gone, but while taking these pictures, a homeowner told me that the entire block from the train bridge south to the new apartments will soon be redeveloped into a mixed use project. I hope the Sherman headquarters marker remains.”

Union March

Marker at Claire-mont and N.D.H. Road

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Plaque describing Sherman's headquarters.  "This is on the left as you leave North Decatur but BEFORE the railroad bridge."

Plaque describing Sherman’s headquarters.
“This is on the left as you leave North Decatur but BEFORE the railroad bridge.”

"This is the area destined for a mixed use complex."

“This is the area destined for a mixed use complex.”

"Eating wild blackberries on Norris Street."

“Eating wild blackberries on Norris Street.”

Chick-fil-A drive-thru. "(You'll) never get a meal inside waiting. "

Chick-fil-A drive-thru. “(You’ll) never get a meal inside waiting. “

Here are some pictures Mr. B took on July 4.

"At CrossFit Decatur, With patriotic music blastin'."

“At CrossFit Decatur, with patriotic music blastin’.”

"Glenlake Pool. Amy (pictured) told me that Casey Richardson, recent DHS grad and pool manager, did all the artwork herself."

“Glenlake Pool. Amy (pictured) told me that Casey Richardson, recent DHS grad and pool manager, did all the artwork herself.”

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  • Elizabeth B

    I would go on a walking tour of the Union advance by Mr. B. I’m not sure of the logistics and how possible it is, but what I think Atlanta/Decatur needs are more historical walking tours!

  • Westchesterite

    Mr. B is the best. I completely disagree with his politics and completely love him as a person and teacher. And Casey is the best too! Go Class of 2014!

  • Chris Billingsley

    Oh, thanks Liz and West Gal. Glad to see that you might be interested in the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Decatur which was like, way more important than anything I could comment on or take a picture of. The DeKalb History Center will open a display this week on the event as well as present a play based on first person accounts of those who participated in the battle. I also plan on retracing the march from East Atlanta to Decarur on the morning of July 22 and later raising a toast to those who fought and died at the local Irish pub on the square. Personally I cannot think of any other event, besides the bicentennial of the founding of Decatur (2023 for the clueless), that is more meaningful to our town than July 22, except maybe the opening of the next Decatur brewery (a little joke from a right wing curmudgeon). Politics aside, it’s a great time to live in and celebrate the history of Decatur.

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