041019_MNS_bus_tour Joe Thomas John Whitley Charlotte Margolies

From left, Joe Thomas of event sponsor Arrow Exterminating; the ghost of John Whitley, the man who in the 1840s shot the buck for which Buckhead was named; and Buckhead Heritage Society board member Charlotte Margolies stand in Loudermilk Park in the heart of Buckhead. Whitley is holding the gun believed to be used to shoot the buck, whose head was left on a tree, giving the area the name “Buckhead.” There are conflicting reports as to whether it was Mrs. or Mr. Whitley who actually shot the buck. / Special

The Buckhead Heritage Society will host the Spring Bus Tour: Mansions, Gardens and Ghosts April 28 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Guests will gather for drinks at the Atlanta International School in Buckhead before embarking on a history-themed bus tour that will lead them on an adventure-filled afternoon through the community.

Buckhead historians will emcee their way through its neighborhoods, talking about fun local history and telling some stories you may not have heard, with some surprise visitors from the past, and maybe an unexpected stop or two. At the end of the tour, guests will continue the festivities with dinner and more Buckhead history secrets that pit table against table for prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Buckhead Heritage and its mission to identify, preserve, and promote the community’s history. The organization endeavors to foster a conscious respect within the community for its rich and diverse history, ensuring that Buckhead’s historic resources are accommodated in future growth and secured for the benefit of the community.

The registration fees are $125 for Buckhead Heritage members or $150 for non-members. The deadline to register is April 19. For more information or to register, visit www.buckheadheritage.com or contact Richard Waterhouse at 404-467-9447 or rwaterhouse@buckheadheritage.com.

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