ATLANTA–The National Trust for Historic Preservation added The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum to its 2012 list of America’s Most Historically Overrated Places, which highlights examples of sites that continuously underwhelm visitors to America’s cities every year.The Cyclorama was first nominated to the list in 2002 but was beat out by Underground Atlanta.
“When it came to over-selling and under delivering to tourists on their first visit to Atlanta, we just couldn’t compete with Underground Atlanta,” said Rusty Brown, an executive assistant at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Have you seen that place? Sheesh!”
“The Cyclorama depicts a very important time in American history in a medium that television and the Internet has rendered obsolete,” said Brown as he stood in the nearly empty attraction between a group of non-english speaking tourists and a family visiting from somewhere described only as ‘up north’.
“If you look closely, one of the dying soldiers in the diorama is a portrait of the actor Clark Gable,” said Brown.
Preservationists were alarmed when every person under the age of 30 repeatedly asked, “Who’s Clark Gable?”
“Hopefully, this will raise awareness to the many number of overrated attractions throughout our great city,” said Justin Case, director of the Historic Development Corp., a nonprofit community group that has help revitalize and preserve the overrated community. He said many have been ignored completely by not only visitors but residents.
“This is the largest of three cycloramas in the U.S.,” said Case. “Nobody even knows where the other two are or if they even exist!”
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has published its annual list of overrated places for over 10 years. In addition to the Cyclorama, the list includes The World of Coca Cola, The Big Chicken in Marietta and The Waffle House Museum in Avondale Estates.