Nov 3rd


"Before we arrived" history talk for the Leadership Johns Creek class.

Nov 13th


Ribbon Cutting for "The Bridge", public art created by Ilan Averbuch from steel salvage from the historic Rogers Bridge.
At Cauley Creek Park
near the new Rogers Bridge. Member of the historical society will be present to informally talk about history of the bridge and the land of Cauley Creek park.

Dec 19th


Deffered from Nov 21st.
Board of Zoning Appeals hears case V-23-00012 that puts the Publix Heritage Oak in jeopardy. The City turned down a tree removal permit and that decision is being appealed by the property owners. If the Board of Zoning Appeals approves the appeal, the tree will be cut down. Request a denial of the appeal to help save the tree.

Nov 30


"Before we arrived" history talk for the Student Leadership Johns Creek class.
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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.

Johns Creek History

Help needed to save the Publix Oak Tree, Again
Board of Zoning Appeals hears its case
DEFFERED Tuesday, November 21, 7pm

New date: Tuesday, December 19 at 7pm
City Hall

Board of Zoning Appeals hears case V-23-00012 that puts the Publix Heritage Oak in jeopardy again. The City turned down a tree removal permit and that decision is being appealed by the property owners. If the Board of Zoning Appeals approves the appeal, the tree will be cut down.

Request that the Board of Zoning Appeals deny the appeal to help save the tree.

This email will send your input to all members of the Board of Zoning Appeals. zoningappeals@johnscreekga.gov

History Question

A canal through here for barge transport between the Mississippi and the Atlantic?
That was the plan 150 years ago, but how and where would a water-filled canal with barge traffic cross the Chattahoochee River? That is the question. See the answer

The canal isn't the only potential big project here that ultimately didn't happen. From the 1830s to the 1950s experts, surveyors, governors, and Congressional Commissions arrived for site visits. Had any of those projects been completed, this area would have developed very differently, impacting both local history and the Johns Creek we see today.

See more questions and answers about little known facts of Johns Creek history


History of Johns Creek
"Before We Arrived"

This free program will be repeated at other locations around town. Watch for details.

Would you like to know more about the history of Johns Creek?
In partnership with the Spruill-Oaks Library, we'll present a fast-moving overview of local history that includes lots of photos, graphics, and maps to help the audience imagine the landscape of the Johns Creek area, its events, and residents from the time this was part of the Cherokee Nation to the advent of modern-day development.

Our Historical Society meetings are also a chance to hear about history related activities in the Johns Creek area,  share discoveries in local history, hear memories of long-time residents, and network with others interested in our area's past.

Students' Leadership Project exhibited the COVID experience in Johns Creek

"Same Storm, Different Boats" Exhibit

at Northview High School
April 19, 2023
5:30-7:30 pm

Capturing History of Our Time: Students of Student Leadership Johns Creek (SLJC) have captured some history of our time by collecting records and oral accounts of the response and impact of the COVID pandemic in our area. Titled "Same Storm, Different Boats", their research will be presented as an exhibit at Northview High School on April 19th, then housed at Ocee Library to be available for exhibit by schools or community groups. The full set of records collected, far beyond what could be included in the exhibit, will be placed in the Johns Creek Historical Society archives to document a significant event in Johns Creek history and will be available for future research.

Students worked on the "Same Storm, Different Boats" project under the direction of SLJC Executive Director Irene Sanders and Mercer University Assistant Professor Dr. Katherine Perrotta with funding provided by a $25,000 grant from the Library of Congress/Waynesburg University program. Mercer University also awarded a $4000 grant for the project. The Johns Creek Historical Society and the Gotham Center for New York City History also helped with the students' research.

Read the AJC March 19th article about the students' project
More information about the project at studentleadershipjohnscreek.com

Descendants of Sam Jones meet at Macedonia Cemetery

Above: Sabrina Aquell, organizer of the gathering, and Carla Carter, Johns Creek Historical Society member who has researched the people buried at Macedonia, presented information about Sam Jones and his ancestors.

February 18, 2023: Johns Creek Historical Society members Carla Carter and Joan Compton were invited to speak to descendants of Sam Jones about their ancestors, history of the cemetery, the church, and to share the historical society's extensive research to discover records of those buried at the site, their relationships to each other, and stories of their lives.

Read more about the gathering of the Sam Jones descendants in Honoring, Reclaiming History. Macedonia Cemetery descendants remember dead, look ahead. Amber Perry, Johns Creek Herald. February 23, 2023

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.

Special Thanks for Donations in 2022

$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 . . .

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

Artist and public art piece commissioned to utilize steel salvage from the historic Rogers Bridge
A Johns Creek Country Club community had their original club house and sales center in a cattle barn
History archives
Special program and tour given at the historic 1839 William Rogers House
History archives
Adding to our history archives with research and with donations
History podcast
Johns Creek Historical Society part of Appen Media's 'Preserving History' podcasts
Filming descendants of the Rogers, Bells, and Taylor families
Charles Summerour's Book includes history of farms in Johns Creek
Outdoor history classes for children during COVID
4 Macedonia films-a project of Mercer University, Student Leadership JC, and the JC Historical Society