The SAND area consists of six neighborhoods located just east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia: Benteen, Boulevard Heights, McDonough/Guice, North Ormewood Park, Ormewood Park, and Woodland Hills. Until 1821, the area now known as SAND was the territory of the Creek Indian Nation. The land was then divided into 200 acre lots and parceled by lottery. Most of the lots became dairy farms. In 1892, several farms were developed into 100 building lots. This development was bordered by Confederate Avenue and extended from the Old Civil War Soldiers Home (now the site of the Georgia State Patrol Office) to Moreland Avenue.
In the early 1900's, an Atlanta Electric Light and Trolley Company official named Aquilla J. Orme extended the trolley line from downtown to the Old Soldiers Home. Public transportation made the area attractive, and a number of Victorian homes were built. The area's first boom followed World War I when many Craftsman bungalows and brick cottages went up. The city of Atlanta annexed the property in 1922.
The second growth boom came at the end of World war II. This period of growth is best represented by a variety of frame cottages and ranch homes built between older residences.The area continues to grow today, with many new homes and pocket subdivisions being built on remaining undeveloped land, as well as the ongoing restoration of the many historic homes.As a tribute to the trolley's role in the growth of the community, we have made the trolley the official symbol of SAND. Information provided by http://www.sandatlanta.org/