What is the Dunwoody Preservation Trust?

WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
Founded in 1995, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the preservation of the history and heritage of the Dunwoody community.  A volunteer, non-profit organization, the DPT works to educate the community of our city’s rich past and to identify and preserve its historic buildings and cemeteries. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust owns and manages the circa 1906 Cheek-Spruill House, Dunwoody’s signature building that sits majestically at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Chamblee Dunwoody Roads. Our current efforts include the rehabilitation of the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, a public park owned by the city of Dunwoody. In addition, the DPT archives the stories and photographs of Dunwoody’s founders and early residents.  Public and private donations, as well as proceeds from our two major fundraisers — Lemonade Days and Apple Cider Days — help to support these efforts.

THE GOALS OF THE DUNWOODY PRESERVATION TRUST ARE:

  • Identify and preserve historic properties in the Dunwoody area.
  • Create opportunities for the historic education of the community.
  • Bridge generations to promote the understanding of the City’s history.
  • Strengthen the historic ties that bind us together.

DUNWOODY PRESERVATION TRUST AT WORK
Over the last 20 years, Dunwoody Preservation Trust Inc. has worked to preserve the history and culture of the community of Dunwoody. By protecting the reminders of the past, preserving the present, and helping to save valuable resources, we help to protect the historic heart of Dunwoody life. Some of the things we have done include:

  • Saved the Cheek Spruill House in the center of Dunwoody.
    • Created the “History Room” in the Cheek Spruill House that is open to the public.
  • Spearheaded the Replant of the Dunwoody Forest program after the 1998 tornado that resulted in raising more than $250,000 and the planting of over 25,000 trees.
  • Led the effort and assisted in the funding of the tree planting and landscaping of Ashford Center Parkway.
  • Researched and compiled:
    • The Story of Dunwoody 1821-2001, a 500+ page book chronicling our city’s heritage.
    • The Silent Story Tellers, 250+ page book identifying over 4000 historical gravesites.
  • Produced a thirty minute DVD entitled, Dunwoody: the History & Heritage – 1821-2003.
  • Commissioned a study by Lord, Aeck, Sargent for the Donaldson Bannister Farm to determine historic significance of the buildings, full extent of the repairs needed, and to develop a plan of action to save it.
  • Assumed the responsibility for upkeep of New Hope Cemetery where a number of early settlers and Confederate soldiers are buried.
  • Began maintenance and care of the Stephen-Martin Family and Woodall Cemetery.
  • Created the History Alive! Educational seminars to bring historic presentations by experts to the community.
  • Created a Teachers History Trunk– a traveling trunk filled with historic items and stories; designed for teachers to be used in their classrooms and meets the Georgia standards for historic education.
  • Created two annual five-day fundraising events whose proceeds are used to help achieve the goals of Dunwoody Preservation Trust.

Dunwoody Preservation Trust will continue our efforts to strengthen our historic education programming and maintain the preservation of existing historic properties and cemeteries. We look forward to mobilizing the community, City of Dunwoody and our local businesses to bring the Donaldson Bannister Farm back to life for all to see and use.