Let me tell you a secret. I haven’t seen Catching Fire yet! Seeing movies at the theater makes me sick, so I have to wait for the DVD. And my boys are too young to watch it (yet.) This didn’t stop me from wanting to see The Goat Farm from the moment I learned about it.
The Goat Farm served as District 12 in the second Hunger Games movie. It is also home to several art studios and a wonderful place to let the kids let off some steam while you snap a few shots. There is also a lovely coffee house inside (Warhorse Coffee Joint,) which only serves coffee. Also, they only take donations, so bring some cash.
I first learned about this place from Sue Rodman…Here’s what she taught me!
“Mom, I really don’t want to go see a bunch of goats today.” This was my teen’s response when I asked him to accompany me on a field trip to check out The Goat Farm on Atlanta’s westside. This industrial site turned arts center was the film site for District 12 in the recently released Hunger Games Catching Fire movie.
Although there were some goats, we also found a bohemian coffee house, (that opens at 11 am, for coffee), watched artists put together a tribute to the Turner Classic Movies for an upcoming gala, peaked in at what looked like preparations for an amazing Halloween party, and took some gorgeous photos.
The Goat Farm has an interesting history. It was built during the 1800’s, opening in 1889 to build machinery for cotton gins. During World War II, it was used as a factory to produce ammunition and mortar. In the 70’s it became artists studios for a short period. In 2010 it was bought by real estate developers to renovate as a residential/commercial complex. The economic downturn saved the structures and the developers got a little creative, and instead developed the site into a Center for Visual and Performing Arts.
Unless you are here for a scheduled performance, a visit is more about exploring the old factory site. A photographer friend of mine calls it ‘her studio’ as the photos here practically take themselves. A visit to the Warhorse Coffee House is a must. It’s filled with antique books and objects. Silver tea sets sit next to vintage typewriters and rotary dial phones.
Afterwards, head to Westside Urban Market for some modern day boutique shopping and lunch. Westside has some of my favorite restaurants including West Egg Café, and Taqueria del Sol.