Nestled in a wooded hillside on Amber Road in Marietta is a small oasis of natural joy called Amberations.
Amberations is a small not-for-profit organization started in 2003. Two families, the Brittenhams and Wileys, are the founding members and the driving force behind Amberations. The goal of the organization is to "provide opportunities for people of all abilities to interact with the natural environment."
Their founder and president, Gloria Wiley, said they have come a long way since their start up. Initially, multiple contractors advised them the best way to deal with the old barn on their property was to tear it down and start over. Finances, or lack of them, prevented that. Wiley, together with her husband and a few close friends and family members, tackled the barn restoration themselves.
It was quite an education, she says, and a success.
Today Amberation's barn is an attractive and comfortable home to a donkey, sheep, cats, ducks and chickens.
Original artwork, Pumpkin People, a nice deck, comfortable chairs, a babbling brook and more surprises await visitors. Guests are always warmly welcomed by the animals.
"If you call first, we will try our best to have someone meet you and give you a guided tour," Wiley said. "Please be aware Amberations is run totally by volunteers so there isn't always someone available."
In addition to their barn site Amberations has almost 50 acres of what they call a dream in progress. The goal is for the upper field area to have gardens linked by wheelchair friendly paths and a large pavilion for social gatherings. They have recently installed an ADA compliant outhouse in this area. Currently, only the most adventuresome trekkers will see all the spots that make this parcel so special.
"Someday we hope to have trails everywhere and regularly scheduled programs and workshops," Wiley said.