Druid Hill

is a geographic feature located in DeKalb County GA , District 18, Land Lot 112, parcel 017
on the eastern edge of Atlanta, near Decatur.

Druid Hill is a "found earthwork," designated as such by artist Clark Ashton.

Druid Hill is the historic memorial site of The Battle of Druid Hill.
Druid Hill is the location of The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom.
Druid Hill holds the homestead of John Clark Ashton Cornelius Farmer.
Druid Hill is the site of The Commuter Gallery.

The geologic formation of Druid Hill is the result of upheaval and erosion characteristic of the Appalachian
chain to which it is related. Rising only 28’ in elevation from corner to corner, its evolution to geographic
feature is a result of its profound role as a catalyst in the development of a unique cultural site and its novel and
distinctive use as an artistic medium. In November of 1984, John Clark Ashton Cornelius Farmer “found”
the hill just as it is today, in the manner one might finda ribbon for your hair. He purchased it, and then he
used it as an integral element, as a “found earthwork” in the creation of a singular cohesive inter-related
body of artwork, The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom, that presents a history of humankind from its
mythical divine origins to its ultimate self-inflicted demise and beyond, from Adam to the Ascension
Machine. As a hybrid of found object and land art, Druid Hill with its Commuter Gallery appropriates the
psyches of passers-by as additional artistic media creating a hereforto unrealized, unforseen, unmistakeaby
Southern symbiosis of ritual, sculpture, soil, and soul

On March 28, 2017, Proposal #9150 was filed with The U.S. Board on Geographic Names
to formally register "Druid Hill" with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
officially putting Druid Hill on the map.
This proposal requires the support of citizens.

To support Proposal #9150

Send an email


Jennifer Runyon at The U.S. Board on Geographic Names: jrunyon@usgs.gov

DeKalb County District #2 Commissioner Jeff Rader jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov







Druid Hill is the site of The Battle of Druid Hill



Druid Hill is the site of The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom






Druid Hill is home to the Commuter Gallery (estb.1989)



Druid Hill holds hundreds of symbolic objects (April 2018)






Druid Hill and surounding elevations (2017)


DeKalb County GA District 18, Land Lot 112


DeKalb County (1823)

Ezekiel Mason was one of DeKalb's earliest white settlers.

He purchased Lot 112 in 1845. He built Mason Mill nearby around 1850.


Official Map of DeKalb County GA (1915)

Druid Hill is overlaid in red on what was then the property of Elizebeth and Helen Smith,

daughters of Archibald Smith(founder of Roswell, GA) and sisters of William Seagrove Smith(Death of a Confederate).

They were the aunts of Archibald Smith III and Arthur W. Smith, developers of North Druid Hills in 1946

note: There is no N. Druid Hills Rd., and Clairmont Rd. was then Shallowford Rd. (previously the Shallow Ford Indian Trail)

  Archibald and Anne M. Smith   Helen and Elizebeth Smith   William Seagrove Smith   Archibald Smith Jr.   Archibald Smith III   Arthur W. Smith  

North Druid Hills Subdivision (1946)


U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils (1914)

Druid Hill is overlaid in red

Druid Hill is a geologic promontory characterized by a Cecil clay loam soil,

surrounded by patches of Hilly phase, Cecil gravely loam, and Cecil sandy loam.

It is positioned at a longitude of -84.303139 and latitude of 33.812691

rising from present day N. Druid Hills Rd.(elevation 973') to an altitude of 997' .