History Archives

From the Johns Creek Historical Society's Digital Archives

"History of Sheltonville
Shakerag Community"
This is a booklet published by the Sheltonville-Shakerag Community Club in 1962. Full of Shakerag reminisces as told by long-time residents - including the 1864 Civil War skirmish, discovery of gold, and more!

The 1962 booklet ends with a note of pride in Shakerag having 2 paved roads and hopes for future growth!

Download the booklet (PDF, 20Mb)

4. BUILDING our ARCHIVES with Books and MAPS

History Research books

Over 150 research books, dozens of magazines and booklets, videos and audio recordings have been collected. Topics include local and Georgia history, the Creek and Cherokee, slavery, farming, and genealogy. Books include:

Pioneer History of Forsyth County 1832-1860, by Don L. Shadburn

Blood Kin: Pioneer Chronicles of Upper Georgia Centered in Forsyth County, by Don L. Shadburn

Cherokee Planters in Georgia 1832-1838, by Don L. Shadburn

The Cottonpatch Chronicles: Reflections on Cherokee History, People, Places, and Events in Forsyth County, Georgia, by Don L. Shadburn

Unhallowed Intrusion: A History of Cherokee Families in Forsyth County, Georgia, by Don L. Shadburn

Forsyth County History Stories, by Annette Bramblett

The Cotton Renter's Son, by G.L. Vaughan

Georgia's 1832 Gold Lottery, lottery winners complied by Mary Bondurant Warren

Milton County, Georgia Cemeteries (Present-day Northern Fulton County), by Phillip B. Anglin

Travels of William Bartram, by William Bartram

A Wilderness Still the Cradle of Nature, Frontier Georgia a Documentary History, edited by Edward J. Cashin

The Only Land They Knew (American Indians in the Old South), by J. Leitch Wright Jr.


MAPS, MAPS, and more MAPS


Our collection maps is growing! We have a large collection of digital, paper, historic, custom-designed, and one-of-a-kind maps.

Creating a Johns Creek History Archives and Research Library

History Archived in Johns Creek

Help us create a record of the past for future generations.

A goal of the Johns Creek Historical Society is to gather in one place the records and stories of the past to create both a physical and digital archive to preserve Johns Creek's history and make the records available to the public.

We're creating an archives by:

  1. Researching local history
  2. Scanning documents and recording memories
  3. Collecting books
  4. Soliciting donations of historic items and records

1. BUILDING our ARCHIVES with History Research

We been busy gathering existing research and making new discoveries that capture Johns Creek's past. The information and documents are stored in digital or in hardcopy files, and in some cases both.

Research by Family - Folders contain research and genealogy for local Cherokee families, early settlers and farm families, African-Americans, and those buried in local cemeteries.

Research by Topic - Folders contain research on various local topics like Native Americans, roads, ferries, bridges, schools, churches and cemeteries, post offices, land ownership, gold mining, farm life, historic communities, events, etc.

See some of our history research

Interested in helping with research or helping organize history files for easy access? Contact us info@johnscreekhistory.org

2. BUILDING our ARCHIVES by Scanning Documents and Recording Memories
Old Steel McGinnis Ferry bridge
Photo shows the old steel bridge on McGinnis Ferry Road. Photo scanned from original shared by Beverly Adams.

Scanning - We are accepting donations of historic items and records, but understand some may want to keep the originals. In that case, we can make digital copies of your history items either by taking a picture of an item or by scanning documents and photos. The photographed or scanned items will be stored with identifying information in our digital archives, as part of the record of this area's history.

Please contact us at info@johnscreek history.org if you have historic items or documents that you would allow us to scan or photograph for the archives.

Recording Memories - Often it's the personal stories and memories that bring history to life. A goal is to capture the memories of those who remember the Johns Creek area during its rural past or who are descendants of some of the earlier farm families.

Please contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org if interested in helping with our Oral History project.

3. BUILDING our ARCHIVES with Donations

Our thanks to all who are generously adding to the Society's archives of local history.

Artifacts and records donated to the JC Historical Society include:

  • The Miller Newtown Collection containing documents, tapes, maps, and photos of the early park, renovation of Newtown School, and general Newtown history.
    Donated by Susan and Dan Miller
  • The Bowers Collection containing Native American pottery shards, projectile points, historic maps, McKenney prints of Creek chiefs, and other items.
    Donated by Alison Findlay
  • The Findley Collection containing farm tools, a few photos, and other items.
  • and miscellaneous documents, photos, recordings, and other items from multiple donors.

We are looking for more documents and artifacts to document life in the Johns Creek area during earlier times. See a list of the types of items we are seeking.

If you are interested in making a donation or helping to sort, digitize, and catalog these collections, contact us.

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