Donaldson-Bannister House and Gardens

The Donaldson-Bannister House is scheduled to be fully open to the public later this year, thanks to the support of DPT membership contributions, private donations, city resources, and special events like Lemonade Days, which is our primary means of fund raising, and Apple Cider Days, later this year.

The last part of the work required to open the property to the public will commence within the month.  While significant progress has been made on the rehabilitation of the main house and the barn area (on the Vermack Road side of the property), this next phase will bring the property into ADA-compliance in the garden area (on the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road side of the property), ultimately creating a property that is useful, beautiful, safe, and workable as a historic, educational and special events facility.

We are in the process of putting together a schedule of events that will offer the community the opportunity to utilize the property for a wide variety of activities.  In addition to events sponsored by DPT, the property will be open for the public to book private events such as organizational meetings, private parties, corporate parties, and weddings.  After the first of the year, we will also be open for public and private tours.

The opening of the Donaldson-Bannister property to the public represents the continuation of the goal of Dunwoody Preservation Trust that our preserved past be integrated into our present day lives.  We certainly have come a long way from our 1870’s agricultural past, yet it is a testimony to our appreciation for the past and the present that makes us the close-knit community we are today.

Written by Lynn Tinley, PhD; Site Manager