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)

Find more local history resources

LOCAL HISTORY BOOKSHistory Research books

These are some of books owned by members of the Johns Creek Historical Society and used in our research.

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 compliled by Mary Bondurant Warren

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

The Old South, by David Williams

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.

The Old Beloved Path, Daily Life among the Indians of the Chattahoochee River Valley, by William W, Winn


Archives and Research

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.

Do you have old documents, photos - - -

We are actively collecting both physical and digital documents for a centralized Johns Creek history archives. If you have artifacts, photos, documents, books, tapes, or stories of life in the Johns Creek area 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.

Old Steel McGinnis Ferry bridge
Photo shows the old steel bridge on McGinnis Ferry Road. Photo scanned from original shared by Beverly Adams.

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 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. A few of the treasures we scanned were:

  • 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),
  • a newspaper article about the Shakerag Hounds (Atlanta's oldest fox hunt club that was located in Shakerag),
  • photos of the old Shady Grove church building,
  • a photo of Shakerag center with dirt road, store and houses.

In addition, we now have dozens of contacts with old-time residents who have more photos, artifacts, and stories they want to share with us.

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.

Long-time residents of Shakerag met at Shady Grove Church, reconnected with old friends, and shared memories and photos.

Johns Creek Historical Society Members worked to capture memories of Shakerag by scanning photos and collecting information.


Donation of records to the Johns Creek Historical Society

The Miller Newtown Collection

On March 30, 2017 we accepted Susan and Dan Miller's donation of Susan's collection of files, maps, photos, and videos documenting the creation of Newtown Park. The collection also contains tapes, photos, and written memories of former students of the Newtown School and some oral histories of residents from Newtown's past.

If you are interested in helping sort, digitize, and catalog this collection, contact us.

Our thanks to the Millers for adding to the Society's archives of Johns Creek's history.

Sorting a Collection of Newtown Records

Instead of a regular meeting on May 31st, we learned collection management procedures while sorting, identifying, and recordingd items from the Susan Miller donation that includes records of Newton Park's creation and general history of the Newton area and school.

Examing a photo of Newtown school students and other items related to the creation of Newtown Park and Newtown's history.

Completing the initial survey of Newtown records

On July 7th, we held another session to complete the survey of donated Newtown items and note the types of records in each box.

Next steps include - prioritizing the items found by historic value, then separating those items of high priority for a more detailed study; and grouping the remaining items by category to condense the collection's storage.

Let us know if you're interested in helping with this project. Contact us