HISTORY PROGRAMS
APRIL 2024
14th
4pm
"Intersection of Art & History" at Cauley Creek Park.
Learn about the history of the land and earlier residents of the Cauley Creek Park area, then tour the 2 public art pieces created with salvaged steel from the Historic Rogers Bridge. Program presented in partnership with the Johns Creek Cultural Arts Alliance
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Historical Society members and friends are invited to a program of the Cultural Arts Alliance at Johns Creek

Ilan Averbuch's large public art piece utilizing steel salvage from the historic Rogers Bridge

"INTERSECTION of ART & HISTORY"

Sunday, April 14th
4:00pm
at Cauley Creek Park
7255 Bell Road, Johns Creek

Whether you have an interest in history, art, or both - you'll enjoy Johns Creek Cultural Arts Alliance's outdoor program at Cauley Creek Park near the new Rogers Bridge where history and art intersect.

  • Learn about the fascinating history of the people and events of the park's land covering 200 years from the Cherokee to the 1900s.
  • Then we'll tour and hear about the two pieces of public art created from salvaged steel of the historic Rogers Bridge (one on the Johns Creek side and one across the bridge on the Duluth side).  Also learn about the other 6 pieces of public art using Rogers Bridge salvaged steel that will be placed around Johns Creek.

Program Update
Good news - weather looks good for Sunday afternoon, but in the 80s.
  • We'll be in the sun for most of this program, so recommend hat, sunscreen, and water bottle.
  • It is a 5-6 minute walk from the closest parking area to the bridge and arch sculpture where we will gather. It's flat terrain on a concrete sidewalk except a short mulch path at the end.
Directions
From Bell Road:
  1. Enter Cauley Creek Park at the Bell Road roundabout (entrance is opposite from gated Old Homestead Trl).
  2. At the T, turn right (toward "Fields").
  3. Continue on that road. You will see a parking lot on the left, then the playing fields, then an orange-green-blue playground.
  4. Park as close to the playground end of the parking lot as possible.
The walk to the bridge (about a 5-minute walk from the playground):
  1. From your car, walk to the colorful playground.
  2. You will see the new large Rogers Bridge in the distance.
  3. Follow the concrete sidewalk toward the bridge keeping the playing fields on your left and the open meadow on your right.
  4. Where the sidewalk ends at the batting cages, take the short mulch path toward the bridge

This program is presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance at Johns Creek in partnership with the Johns Creek Historical Society. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visit www.artsalliancejc.org for more info on this program and arts & culture news and events.

Finding a location for a history archives

Help us with a location to 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.

Currently, the growing contents of the history archives are housed in a private location. While not accessible to the public, information in the archives is constantly shared with both local, Georgia, and out-of- state researchers, authors, and family genealogists. Not having an appropriate space continues to negatively affect efforts to engage residents' help in preserving local history and our ability to accept valuable artifacts and documents.

Drawing above was proposed to meet needs in 2019.

Minimum Archives Space Needs - A climate-controlled and secure space in Johns Creek with:

  • A locked storage area
  • An area for history research that accommodates file cabinets, a map cabinet, a desk, work table, and digitizing equipment

See more about how research and gathering documents and artifacts are creating a history archives and research library.



History Questions

What's the origin of the name Cauley Creek?

What Johns Creek Country Club had their original club house and sales center in a renovated cattle barn?

A canal through here for barge transport between the Mississippi and the Atlantic. How would it cross the Chattahoochee?

See answers to these and more little known facts of Johns Creek history

Special Thanks for Donations


$1,000 from Commissioner Liz Hausmann. The Johns Creek Historical Society is honored to have received $1,000 support from Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann. Our thanks to Commissioner Hausmann for this support, her leadership as a multi-term County Commissioner, and her continued understanding of the importance of preserving history.

$2,500 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 . . .

Historic Rogers Bridge Steel
Artist and public art piece commissioned to utilize steel salvage from the historic Rogers Bridge
Wilson cattle barn
A Johns Creek Country Club community had their original club house and sales center in a cattle barn
William Rogers historic home
Special program and tour given at the historic 1839 William Rogers House
Summerour Book
Charles Summerour's Book includes history of farms in Johns Creek
Macedonia Cemetery program
Descendants of Sam Jones met with Historical Society at Macedonia Cemetery
Taylor Sisters Interview
Filming descendants of the Rogers, Bells, and Taylor families
CCOS History
Resident of Country Club of the South researched the history of her neighborhood's land
History podcast
Johns Creek Historical Society part of Appen Media's 'Preserving History' podcasts
History exhibit
Local restaurant's exhibit of photos of Johns Creek's past & present
History archives
Adding to our history archives with research and with donations
Outdoor history classes for children during COVID
Macedonia Films
4 Macedonia films-a project of Mercer University, Student Leadership JC, and the JC Historical Society