History Activities
JC Historical Society
"Two Families, One Farmhouse, Six Generations"

Roswell Historical Society Tour of Homes

Alpharetta Historical Society Program [details]
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Membership Deal

Special Membership Deal

and your membership is good through all 2019 too!

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Rogers Bridge Update

Rogers Bridge determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places

Historic Rogers Bridge

An historic resources survey report was completed for GDOT in preparation for the Rogers Bridge pedestrian bridge project.

The March 9th initial report determined the bridge had no unique historic value. However, based on additional information from the Historic Bridge Foundation and input from the Georgia Department of Historic Preservation, Rogers Bridge is now recommended ELIGIBLE for the National Register of Historic Places.

See the full report (pdf)

Read the letter from the Historic Bridge Foundation that describes the construction of the bridge and arguments for the its historical significance.

A Great Resource for Local History Memories


Larry Garrard has reactivated a website to collect and share written memories of life in Newtown and stories of earlier residents. Read memories collected so far or submit your own memories of Newtown when it was a rural farming community. Newtown Community Nostalgia website.

This Newtown Nostalgia website is such a great idea that the JC Historical Society website will soon try out a similar capability to capture written memories of the other 3 historic communities in Johns Creek: Ocee, Warsaw, and Shakerag.

Local Students Connect with History

River Trail Middle School Students' Historical Fiction Story Project

In September 2017 the Johns Creek Historical Society partnered with Language Arts teacher Amy Palermo at River Trail Middle School on a class project to write historical fiction.

The Historical Society presented events to the students to use as a background for their stories. To engage the students in their community, all events presented occurred in, or had an association with, the Shakerag area of Johns Creek.

8 of the stories are now posted and fun to read! Remember, they are fictional stories set in a time of local history.

"Things have been tense. Mother and Father haven’t told me anything, but I'm a clever girl. There have been rumors that the world outside of Cherokee Territory, is trying to move us, somewhere outside our beautiful world of rolling hills . . ." ~The Girl Who Survived

Read the rest of this story and 7 others by RTMS students

History Archives

Periodically, we'll make a document from our digital archives temporarily available to the public online.

NEW! 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 history as told by long-time residents. Read more and download the document

Join us for FIELDTRIPS to local historic sites

We had a great time visiting the Mt. Zion Church and the Rogers-Bell cemetery on one of our field trips. See photos

Discover Johns Creek History with Us
Thanks to all who attended our JC Historical Society
SEPTEMBER 5th Program

"Two Families, One Farmhouse, Six Generations"
Presented by Hannelore Quigley and Beverley Canaday

Thanks to all who attended our September 5th program - a multi-media presentation that used original photos and artifacts to tell the story of two families and how a 127 year-old “family photograph” reconnected descendants to their past, uncovered shared history, and established new relationships.

Read more about this program in the September 10, 2018 Johns Creek Herald article by Carson Cook

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Historic steel McGinnis Ferry bridge

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 old 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. Scanned photos include:

  • 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),

Read more and view some photos of the event

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.

Roswell Historical Society Tour of Homes

Roswell Historical Society Tour of Homes

September 15th
11am - 5pm

Five homes will be open to public view - a rare chance to see inside some of the historic, new and restored homes that make Roswell so special.
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Johns Creek Historical Society begins capturing oral histories with help from the City of Johns Creek

Oral History Project

As part of its mission to preserve and promote local history, the Johns Creek Historical Society has started a project to collect recorded memories and family stories of this area's past.

We've made a test run of the process by interviewing Judy Webb, a long-time resident with deep family roots in the area, who is known for her community activism and knowledge of local history.



We're compiling a list for the next set of interviews. Let us know if you are a descendant of the early farm families of this area or are a long-time resident with memories of the area when it was still a rural farming community.
Please contact us.

The oral histories collected will be retained in the Johns Creek Historical Society's archives for research, education, and promotion of local history.

Our thanks to the City of Johns Creek Communications Department for videotaping and editing the oral history interviews.