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Historic Collier House in iconic Atlanta neighborhood


Q: What’s up with that Atlanta neighborhood with the streets named after characters from Robin Hood?

A: Don’t worry.

A band of merry men doesn’t roam Atlanta’s Sherwood Forest, a neighborhood near Ansley Golf Club and nestled between Interstate 85, Peachtree Road and Monroe Drive.

What’s true, though, is that the streets are named after the characters made famous in the legend.

There’s Robin Hood Road, Lady Marian Lane, Little John Trail and Friar Tuck Road.

Nottingham Way and Doncaster Drive also make their way through the neighborhood that was established in 1949.

Durrett Evans, a real estate agent who lives there, asked around and found out that must have been the “name the developer liked” for the neighborhood.

“It came with a built in list of street names,” he said.

A quick Google search showed several neighborhoods named Sherwood Forest in cities across the United States.

Coincidentally, part of “The Last of Robin Hood,” a 2013 movie about the final years of actor Errol Flynn, was shot at a home in Atlanta’s Sherwood Forest. Flynn had played the main man in the old classic, “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”

Another home, the Collier House — one of Atlanta’s oldest — is on Lady Marian Lane. It dates to around 1868, but a house going back to the 1820s once was at that site.

Q: I heard there was a museum at the CDC. Is that true? If so, what’s there?

A: You don’t need to wear a hazmat suit go through the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, which has about 90,000 visitors a year.

Surprised? You’re not alone.

The museum has been at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years, opening in conjunction with the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The exhibits — both permanent and temporary — showcase the CDC’s work throughout the world.

“A Lens on CDC: The Photographs of Jim Gathany,” opened this month and features the photographer’s work and “his incredible contributions to CDC,” cdc.gov states. It runs through May 2017.

Other exhibits include the history of the CDC, “Global Symphony,” a “multi-media installation highlighting the world of CDC and public health” and “The Messengers,” a stone sculpture by Zimbabwe’s Lameck Bonjisi, who died of AIDS in 2003.

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and on Friday, and until 7 p.m. on Thursday.

There’s no admission or fee to park.

But don’t wander off. The rest of the CDC is off limits.

Information: cdc.gov/museum or 404-639-0830.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).


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