History Activities
MAY 2019
4th
9am-4pm

Secret Gardens of Johns Creek garden tour presented by Johns Creek Beautification.
The Johns Creek Historical Society will be part of the garden tour at one of the Chartwell gardens.

16th
7pm

History of Clear Springs Baptist Church
Alpharetta Historical Society
on May 16th at 7pm
at the Mansell House in Alpharetta

JUNE 2019
5th
7pm

Johns Creek Historical Society Meeting
"Historic Post Offices of Johns Creek"

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May 15, 2019
Rogers Bridge Update

Project to Build a Replica Bridge Moving Forward

The Rogers Bridge project is expected to move forward with 2 stipulations to acknowledge the historic property.

Historic Rogers Bridge

The initial Historical Resources Survey determined the bridge had no unique historic value. However, based on additional information from the Historic Bridge Foundation and input from the Georgia Department of Historic Preservation, Rogers Bridge was recommended ELIGIBLE for the National Register of Historic Places.

May 15, 2019: With that determination, the project to build a new replica bridge is expected to move forward with requirements (1) to prepare a Permanent Archival Record of the bridge and (2) to place an interpretive panel to summarize the historic significance of the bridge.

Read the letter from the Historic Bridge Foundation that describes the construction of the bridge and their basis for its historical significance.

Do you have old documents, photos, items?

We are actively collecting items plus both physical and digital documents for a centralized Johns Creek history archives. If you have artifacts, photos, documents, books, recordings, or stories of life in the Johns Creek or neighboring areas during earlier times, please contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org

We are accepting donations of records, but can also make digital copies, if you want to retain your originals.

See more about our planned history archives.

HISTORY in a BREWERY???

Six Bridges Brewing is now open in Johns Creek and it's partnering with the Johns Creek Historical Society to use local history as part of its identity.

The name Six Bridges refers to the 6 river bridges that historically existed within Johns Creek's borders, some brews will have names of communities and crossroads of the past, and Joan Compton, muralist and president of the JC Historical Society, painted a map mural that locates the 6 bridges and illustrates bits of Johns Creek history.

History in a brewery? Yes, and it's now open!

A Great Resource for Local History Memories

NEWTOWN COMMUNITY NOSTALGIA WEBSITE

Larry Garrard has reactivated a website to collect and share written memories of life in Newtown and stories of earlier residents. Read memories collected so far or submit your own memories of Newtown when it was a rural farming community. Newtown Community Nostalgia website.

This Newtown Nostalgia website is such a great idea that the JC Historical Society website will soon try out a similar capability to capture written memories of the other 3 historic communities in Johns Creek: Ocee, Warsaw, and Shakerag.

Join us for FIELDTRIPS to local historic sites

We had a great time visiting the Mt. Zion Church and the Rogers-Bell cemetery on one of our field trips. See photos


Discover Johns Creek History with Us
Next Johns Creek Historical Society Meeting

"Historic Post Offices of Johns Creek"
Wednesday, June 5th
7:00pm

Old Warsaw Church at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
9700 Autrey Mill Road

Today Johns Creek does not have even one post office within its borders, but that wasn't always the case. Since the early 1830s many post offices have existed... and disappeared.

Warsaw, Sheltonville, Ocee, Skelton, Mazeppa, Alton, McClure, and others

Historic post office Johns Creek

We know about all these P.O.'s, when they were established and when they disappeared, where they were located, and who were the postmasters through a treasure trove of records that were required by the United States Postal Service and are now available online through the National Archives.

These records are a boon to historians, because even the smallest post offices in the most rural areas were recorded with a paper trail that includes lists and dates of postmaster appointments; postal routes with stops identified, distances between stops, and frequency of service; and site location reports submitted in the request to establish a post office. The site location reports include hand-drawn maps and information including distances and directions to nearest existing post offices, towns, transportation, waterways, and other landmarks.

We've been collecting these rich records for our Johns Creek history archives since last year and will share some of our post office research and mapping at the June 5th meeting.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

See how to find these documents online and view an example of a Johns Creek area historic post office map and site location description.

History at the Garden Tour
Historical Society at the "Secret Gardens of Johns Creek" Tour

Our thanks to Johns Creek Beautification for including the Johns Creek Historical Society as part of their Secret Gardens Tour on May 4th.

We were located at a beautiful garden in Chartwell where we displayed a mini history exhibit and shared stories of the history of the area that is today's City of Johns Creek.


LEARNING CEMETERY PESERVATION
Roswell Cemetery Marker Cleaning Roswell Cemetery cleaning grave markers
Roswell Cemetery Marker Cleaning photos: Pat Miller, Kirk Canaday, Joan Compton

Several of our historical society members participated in cleaning grave markers at the Old Roswell Cemetery on Saturday, March 23. Our thanks to the Roswell Historical Society, their Cemetery Chairperson, Jan Johnson, and Pat Miller, the cemetery section leader who directed our work (also a member of the JC Historical Society). It was a chance to help another historical society, but also to learn the correct process for cleaning cemetery grave markers and monuments.

The Old Roswell Cemetery is 10 acres in size, much larger than any cemetery in Johns Creek, but the knowledge and expertise that the Roswell Historical Society has gained over the years is extremely helpful to us in any future efforts to help restore or preserve cemeteries within Johns Creek. We thank the Roswell Historical Society's Cemetery committee for generously sharing their experience.

While we are not yet ready to start any cemetery projects, let us know if you are interested in the preservation of cemeteries, visiting local cemeteries with our group, or researching the stories of the people buried there - contact us with your interests. info@johnscreekhistory.org

Help us determine the age of the old road signs
Old road signs

Do You Remember  . . .
The old sign posts that use to mark important local intersections?

In our rural past, these posts would have been at major road intersections in all areas of what is today's Johns Creek.  Most have disappeared as roadways moved, intersections widened, or weather and age took their toll.  Only a couple are still standing and they are badly deteriorated.  Fortunately, Tom Udell, Deputy Director of Public Works - Traffic, photographed the few he found over the years and recently the Spruill/Buice sign post was donated to the Johns Creek Historical Society as a piece of local history reminiscent of the days of dirt roads, little traffic, and rural farms.
If you can help us date these old road markers or remember where they were located, please let us know.  Our contact email is info@johnscreekhistory.org

Tour of historic Warsaw School
Tour of the Warsaw School in December

Our thanks to Mark Burkhalter for leading the historical society on a tour of the old Warsaw School building in December.  It was a wonderful chance to learn about the building, how Mark saved and carefully renovated it, and hear memories of attending the school when this area was still rural.

We in the City of Johns Creek owe Mark our gratitude for preserving part of the area's history by repurposing the old school building while maintaining its historic integrity. 

Mark has also offered to let us copy his collection of Warsaw School photos and documents.  Several people will be needed to help with the scanning.  Contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org if you want to help.

BUILDING our ARCHIVES with the help of SHADY GROVE CHURCH
Historic steel McGinnis Ferry bridge

Thanks Shady Grove Church and Linda Swafford for organizing this event!

On Saturday, August 25th, six members of the Johns Creek Historical Society met with Shady Grove Church members and other long-time residents of Shakerag to hear old memories of life in the community and scan photos and documents they brought to share.

The scanned items will be stored in our digital archives as part of the record of Shakerag history. Scanned photos include:

  • a photo of Warsaw Academy students and teachers in the early 1900s,
  • a photo of Albert Matthew Bell (he was the boy who witnessed the 1864 Civil War skirmish along Bell Road),

Read more and view some photos of the event

Please contact us at info@johnscreek history.org if you have memories, photos, documents, or objects from the Johns Creek area's past or if you would like to help us research and capture local history.

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT BEGINS

Johns Creek Historical Society begins capturing oral histories with help from the City of Johns Creek

Oral History Project

As part of its mission to preserve and promote local history, the Johns Creek Historical Society has started a project to collect recorded memories and family stories of this area's past.

We've made a test run of the process by interviewing Judy Webb, a long-time resident with deep family roots in the area, who is known for her community activism and knowledge of local history.

 

DO YOU HAVE MEMORIES or FAMILY STORIES of this AREA's PAST?

We're compiling a list for the next set of interviews. Let us know if you are a descendant of the early farm families of this area or are a long-time resident with memories of the area when it was still a rural farming community.
Please contact us.

The oral histories collected will be retained in the Johns Creek Historical Society's archives for research, education, and promotion of local history.

Our thanks to the City of Johns Creek Communications Department for videotaping and editing the oral history interviews.