History Activities
NOVEMBER 2019
6th
7pm

Johns Creek Historical Society meeting "The Summerour Ancestry" presented by Charles Summerour

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August, 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.

With that determination, the project to build a new replica bridge is moving 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.

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


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No history program in December, but watch for our 2020 schedule with programs starting in January 2020.

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Thanks to all who attended our November 6th Historical Society Meeting

On November 6th, Summerour descendant and local historian, Charles Summerour, told the story of the Summerour family, one of Johns Creek historically prominent and interesting families. Topics included the family's involvement in gold mining, their family farms, their large brick house (located where Regal Cinema is today), memories of the Warsaw community, their Duluth tannery, and more. All was told in the 1880s house where the C.W. Summerour family lived.

This program was covered by Carson Cook of the Johns Creek Herald. Read the full article.

Summerour history program in Johns Creek Herald

If you missed this program, Charles Summerour has agreed to present it again in 2020.
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See a list of our past history programs covering topics of Johns Creek's historic cemeteries, post offices, ferries and bridges, the Cherokees, memories of Newtown and Shakerag when they were rural farming communities, the story of two families connected by one historic house, the local impact of World War I, and more.

Thanks to all who attended the Farm Family Descendants Reception
Saturday, September 14th

This fun event gave descendants of early farm families, and others who remember this area as a rural farm community, a chance to meet each other, socialize, reminisce, enjoy a light breakfast, and view mini history exhibits that displayed local history and information about some of their ancestors. For the Johns Creek Historical Society, the event was an opportunity to connect with these descendants to verify some our research and hear their stories. 

If you are a descendant of an early farm family in the Johns Creek area who missed the Descendant Reception, please contact the Johns Creek Historical Society and we'll make sure you are invited to future events. info@johnscreekhistory.org

History Descendant Reception

Johns Creek CVBAgain, we want to thank the generous sponsorship from the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau that sponsored the Farm Festival and the Descendant Reception.

CVB hotels are Hyatt Place Johns Creek, Hilton Garden Johns Creek and Hampton Inn and Suites 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

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.