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HELP GROW THE JOHNS CREEK HISTORY ARCHIVES

We are actively collecting items to add to our history archives and research library for Johns Creek.  

If you have items or documents that will help record or tell the stories of life in the Johns Creek area during earlier times, please let us know. We will make digital copies for the archives, if you want to retain your originals.

Please contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org

In-person outreach programming, where we bring a history presentation to your community group or business, is available on a variety of topics of local history.

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Johns Creek History

History question:
What's the origin of the name Cauley Creek?

Find the answer and see other research on-going by the historical society.

Special program was held at the William Rogers house

Our thanks to the Rogers descendants for allowing us to hold a meeting at the historic 1839 William Rogers house. The October 23rd program included a discussion of the Johns Rogers and Sarah Cordrey Cherokee family, with a focus on their 2nd son William who held leadership positions in the Cherokee Nation and represented the Cherokee in negotiating with the U.S. for Cherokee land rights. We were also fortunate to have a grandson of William Wilson (owner of the house in the 1940s), share memories of visiting the house and farm as a child.

After pointing out features of the historic home and attendees touring the house and grounds, we visited the Rogers-Bell cemetery where Johns Rogers, his wife Sarah, and many of their descendants are buried.

There are very few historic structures left in Johns Creek and the William Rogers "Oakland" home is a treasure, rich in stories of its residents and association with this area's Cherokee past.

Rogers Bridge Artwork Selected

Large public art piece announced for the Johns Creek side of the Chattahoochee River utilizing the historic Rogers Bridge steel salvage.

Artist Ilan Averbuch's proposed sculpture "The Bridge" is utilizing salvaged steel from the historic Rogers Bridge and reclaimed granite blocks. This large public art piece will be situated near the Johns Creek side of the Chattahoochee River close to the location of the old bridge and the earlier Rogers Ferry.

On each side, pieces of the old steel abstractly represent people supporting the granite arch, a symbolic connection to each other and the river throughout this area's history.

Honoring the importance of the bridge by re-purposing its steel for public art.

Once it was clear the historic Rogers Bridge would be replaced with a new structure, the Johns Creek Historical Society has been an active advocate of saving the bridge steel to create public art. The historic Rogers Bridge is the last of a remarkable 6 steel truss bridges that once spanned the Chattahoochee River in the footprint of today's City of Johns Creek, GA.

Understanding the importance of the bridge and its history, $200,000 funding was made available for one large and a couple smaller artworks when the Fulton County Commissioners budgeted $150,000, thanks to Commissioner Liz Hausmann, and the Johns Creek City Council approved the JCCVB recommendation to allocate $50,000 of hotel/motel tax to the project.

Read more about the artist and artwork selected. Johns Creek Herald Meet the New York sculptor turning Rogers Bridge steel into a 34-foot statue. Chamian Cruz, Johns Creek Herald. October 12, 2022


Macedonia Cemetery Update

US Congresswoman Lucy McBath visiting Macedonia Cemetery with Kirk Canady and Joan Compton

Lucy McBath visited the Macedonia Cemetery

Congresswoman McBath's interest in the small African-American cemetery began while attending the premier of the four Macedonia Cemetery documentary films created through a collaboration of Student Leadership Johns Creek, Mercer University, and the Johns Creek Historical Society.

Recently, she requested a tour of Macedonia to learn more about the preservation efforts and history of the site, the church, cemetery and of those buried there. It was an honor to have the Congresswoman and two of her staff visit the site on August 17th and was clear from her questions that she has a sincere understanding of the importance of the site and an interest in its history and its preservation.

 

Degradation of a Bailey Marker at Macedonia Cemetery


photos: Joan Compton
Left: photo taken November 20, 2020. Right: photo taken July 23, 2022.
These photos show the degradation of Hattie Harris' marker. In the time between the photos, the first name became unreadable with the loss of the letters 'HAT' and the top of the 'TIE'. Other cracks forewarn of more loss if preservation steps are not taken.

The historical society has taken photos of the grave markers and condition of the site over the past 7 years. Even though the society had 14 markers repaired, the Bailey markers, like that of Hattie Harris, are a special type - not granite or marble, but concrete, hand-made for African-American burials, and considered historic pieces of folk-art. Their repair is awaiting a consultant's report commissioned by the City.

Who was HATTIE HARRIS (c1873-May 6,1965)
Hattie Harris was born Hattie Ousley about 1873. Her parents, Robert and Laura Ousley, both thought to be enslaved as children on a local farm, are also buried at Macedonia Cemetery.
read more about Hattie and who else in Macedonia Cemetery are her kin.


Exciting Find - a Geodetic Marker that helps locate the AME Macedonia Church

1973 Warsaw Geodetic Marker
on the Macedonia AME Church property

Discovered by visitors to the site, this marker is one of thousands placed across the nation by The National Geodetic Survey.  There is only one on the Macedonia property, but others in Johns Creek.  This marker's purpose had nothing to do with marking the cemetery or church, but would have been placed as part of the national navigation spatial reference system created with all the other markers placed by the National Geodetic Survey – location possibly chosen because it is on the top of a hill.  We're just lucky that in the marker's location description, the distance and direction of the marker is recorded relative to 2 corners of a "cinder block church", so we can exactly locate where the cinder block church stood and with some geometry can accurately calculate the church's width, though not its length. Using historic aerial photos with this new data will allow us to determine the church's length and also to mark the church's exact location as part of future improvements to the site.

Local restaurant showcases Johns Creek's past and present

Images of Johns Creek displayed at Another Broken Egg
Next time you are in the Another Broken Egg restaurant (the location at Johns Creek Walk on Medlock Bridge Rd), take a look at the photos displayed. The Johns Creek Historical Society, JC Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Autrey Mill shared photos to be used to decorate the restaurant's walls with iconic images of Johns Creek, from the past and today.  The black & white photos are beautifully reproduced and artistically  displayed, creating a gallery-like exhibit and destination unique to Johns Creek.

$2500 Donation from Johns Creek Advantage


Our thanks to the Directors of the Johns Creek Economic Development Corporation (DBA Johns Creek Advantage) for their contribution of $2500. We are honored by their support and recognition of the economic impact the Johns Creek Historical Society provides to the City of Johns Creek.


In Case You Missed It . . .

Charles Summerour's book which tracks his Summerour family through 10 generations, including stories of gold discoveries and their farms in the Warsaw community of Johns Creek

Neighborhood history - Country Club of the South Resident of Country Club of the South researched the history of her neighborhood's land

$2400 Funding from Commissioner Liz Hausmann

Replica Pottery Sherds

Macedonia Cemetery
Sept-Dec 2021 Update of activities and programs
Outdoor history classes for children during COVID
Outreach history programs
Participation in online webinars and presenting online history programs
Filming descendants of the Rogers, Bells, and Taylor families
History archives
Adding to our history archives with research and with donations
4 Macedonia films-a project of Mercer University, Student Leadership JC, and the JC Historical Society
Members honored
Historical Society members honored for their service