There is no better way to relax than by dining in casual elegance here at The Sycamore Grill, surrounded by historic ambience in the center of Stone Mountain Village. A quaintly housed gem tucked into a converted Southern mansion constructed in 1836, named in honor of the 153-year-old tree which shades the verandah.
The Sycamore Grill is a designated landmark and the oldest building in Stone Mountain located in its heart (quite literally). A stone stake in the front yard marks the spot from which Andrew Johnson, the first mayor of Stone Mountain (then New Gibraltar), marked the town out 33 yards to each side of the building. Later it was expanded about 1000 yards in all directions, that boundary still stands. The style is a basic Charleston Townhouse. The clap board two story building attached to the rear of the original structure was added back in July, 1840 by the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company. The building also housed the first Post Office of Stone Mountain with the left side front door as the entrance. During the Civil War, with the building serving as a hospital, 26 men slept in what is now referred to as Hotel Room #2. Hotel Room #5 has been referred to as the "Most Spirited Room" in the hotel. Fortunately they are "Friendly Spirits", and welcome the activity in the old hotel. The hotel extended out almost to the railroad tracks, but had to be cut off when the railroad came through. You will notice the supports at the east end of the building. Cut outs were left in the wall so you can see the makeup of the wall construction. It is brick made of clay, mud, animal hair, granite and rock; about anything to help support a 2-foot thick wall. In 1864, the building was spared during General Sherman's "March to the Sea", because it was being used as one of the only three Confederate hospitals in the area.
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