Streets of Buckhead
The land beneath Buckhead Village is among the most valuable in the southeastern United States. It went from small town to bar crawl to crime scene to ghost town—and it might still become the place to buy a $20,000 crocodile handbag.
During the war, as the Yankees came with their guns and torches, Henry Irby laid his gold in a dishpan and buried it in the clay. So goes the legend. Irby lived at the center of Buckhead—indeed, his famous tavern, with the head of a deer mounted on the front porch, gave Buckhead its name—and he barely survived the fall of the Confederacy. The legend is hazy on the fate of his gold, but circumstances suggest it never resurfaced. Irby fed his family by selling land for five cents an acre and sometimes bartering land for wheat.