History Activities

Johns Creek Historical Society meeting "A Cherokee Leader and Trail of Tears"


Johns Creek Historical Society hosts a 9:30-11:30am reception for descendants of early farm families as part of Autrey Mill's Farm Festival


Autrey Mill Farm Festival
10am-2pm at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center


Johns Creek Historical Society meeting "Cemetery Clues"

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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.


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


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

Coming September 14th

Johns Creek Historical Society partners with Autrey Mill to present

JC Historical Society at Farm Festival

Farm Family Descendants Reception
Sept. 14, 9:30am-11:30am

The Johns Creek Historical Society is hosting a morning reception for descendants of early farm families as part of this year's Farm Festival.
This event will give descendants a chance to meet each other, socialize, reminisce, and view mini history exhibits. Light breakfast provided.

Free, but Space is limited.

Read additional information about the Descendant Reception, including how to make a reservation and parking tips.

If you are a descendant of an early farm family in the Johns Creek area and would like to attend the Descendant Reception, please contact the Johns Creek Historical Society and we'll happily send you details. info@johnscreekhistory.org

Saturday, Sept. 14th


free and open to the public

The Johns Creek Historical Society is partnering with Autrey Mill to help create the first Family Farm Festival on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. 

There will be music and lots of fun activities including storytelling, heritage crafts, old-fashioned games and chores, and visits with the Autrey Mill goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbit. Outdoor cooking demos will offer free samples.

The Johns Creek Historical Society is coordinating special activities for farm family descendants, but all festival attendees can enjoy the history society's mini history exhibits and hear stories about the people and events of this area's past.

Picnic lunches will be available for purchase by cash or card.

Johns Creek CVBThanks to a generous sponsorship from the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau, this fun and educational Farm Festival will be open and FREE to the public.

For those coming from out of town, preferred hotels are Hyatt Place Johns Creek, Hilton Garden Johns Creek, and Hampton Inn and Suites Johns Creek.

Thanks to all who attended our September 4th history meeting

History Johns Creek, Cherokee programIt was a great turnout September 4th and a wonderful program presented by Wanda Patterson on the Georgia Cherokee in the early 1800s and Elias Boudinot.

This meeting was included in the City of Johns Creek "7-in-70" video for the week ending September 6.

The Johns Creek Historical meetings are free and open to the public.

See what you've missed - find all past meetings highlighted on our "Meetings" webpage. And sign up to receive our e-news so you don't miss future meetings and activities.

Next Historical Society Meeting

History in cemeteries

October Meeting
"Cemetery Clues"
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

With no historic town that kept local records and a shortage of historic structures, we look to our cemeteries to uncover genealogy and stories of earlier residents and events. Join us at our October meeting for a program about finding the past in our local cemeteries. This program is free and open to the public.

Note change in meeting date to October 9th. Date changed to avoid a conflict with the Johns Creek City Council candidate forum on October 2nd.

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


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.



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.