A tlanta History Tours offers #1 rated Atlanta history tours. We are Atlanta history experts, passionate storytellers, and home-grown Atlanta natives. That’s not just marketing fluff: we have *literally* written the book on Atlanta’s culinary history. We know all of the secret nooks and crannies in this city that you can only discover through exhaustive research and a whole lot of living here.

We are the Atlanta pros: we are Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau members, Food Tour Pros certified. Georgia Tech, the Atlanta History Center, and Historic Oakland Foundation call us when they want someone to talk about Atlanta history. Hundreds of schools and corporations rely on us to help them explore Dr. King’s neighborhood.

There’s a reason we have more 5 star reviews than any other walking tour in the city: we are passionate about the story of Atlanta and we love sharing our city with you.

Our Core Values:

  • Passion:
    We are locals who share our love of Atlanta through powerful storytelling.
  • Honesty:
    The whole story matters; we exhaustively research and never flinch even when tackling uncomfortable truths.
  • Southern Hospitality:
    Our guests become family.
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Meet The Team

Akila McConnell

Founder/Atlanta Historian

Akila McConnell is the founder and owner of Atlanta History Tours and Atlanta Food Walks. She is also a travel writer and historian who focuses on the story of Atlanta.

Much to her delight, a lot of people like to call her a “food and travel expert,” including Conde Nast Traveller, USA Today, Yahoo.com, and About.com. She has written for numerous print and online publications, including National Geographic books, Wandr’ly, the Food Traveler’s Handbook, Atlanta Parent magazine and her own blog The Road Forks.

Akila grew up in Alabama and has lived in Atlanta for almost 20 years. In between, she spent three full years traveling across the world. Akila spends most of her free time reading biographies and cooking with her two micro-foodies.

Sarah McConnell

Operations Manager

Sarah moved to the Atlanta area from Upstate New York when she was just 11 years old. It took some time, but she now considers Atlanta her home. Devin, her son, is her pride and joy, as they share their home with 2 bobtail cats, Monkey and Daisy, and a pit mix puppy, Jasmine.

Sarah is an expert in organization, prioritization, and customer service and she enjoys making sure that every guest who joins our tour is ready to enjoy our experience.

Margaret Spencer


Margaret grew up in Minnesota but fell in love with the city of Atlanta when she moved here in 2010. She is a chiropractor by day, professional belly dancer sometimes, and Atlanta lover always. She is happy Atlanta is so dog friendly because she has two dogs, named Gryffindor and James Potter, that bring her much love and joy.

Joy Warren


Joy Warren lives up to her name because she exudes joy in life, food, and people. She is an inspirational author of the recently published youth inspirational book “Kingdom Star”, and singer/songwriter from Virginia where she attended Hampton University. As a musician, she has worked with Grammy Award-winning producers and artists from all over the country. However, she attributes the majority of her passion and growth as a person to her time serving in her family’s church as worship leader and youth pastor for a combined total of 18 years. Joy also founded the local social activism organization called The iForgive Movement, a movement to help relieve injustice through the simplicity and foolishness of forgiveness.

Joy grew up in Virginia Beach but loves the energy, opportunity, and history of Atlanta. She enjoys meeting new people, and making people laugh and feel loved, because hospitality is not just a southern thing: it’s a way of life!

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