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Preserving The Past

We save, rehabilitate and manage historic properties to enrich our lives in the present and teach future generations that they are part of something bigger than themselves. We own only one of the properties we manage – the Cheek-Spruill House, known to most residents as “the Dunwoody Farmhouse.” Often our only involvement with an historic property, especially if it is privately owned, is to identify it with signage.

One of the criteria of successful historic preservation is that properties must be financially self-sustaining. We’re proud that our beloved Cheek-Spruill House meets that requirement, thanks to rent from its resident law firm and the efforts of many volunteers.

The Donaldson-Bannister Farm, our most ambitious project, is also self-sustaining, thanks to a public-private partnership with the City of Dunwoody. While the City owns the property, we manage and operate it with paid staff and volunteers as a public park and private event venue. For several years, 100 percent of the proceeds from our five-day public Lemonade Days Festival have gone to support its rehabilitation and management.

Here are the historic properties we have saved and currently manage:

Please read more about them. If you’d like to be involved with one of these properties, please contact us or Join Us to see the many ways you can get involved.

Interested in learning more about Dunwoody’s past history? Read through past articles by local historian, Valerie Biggerstaff, on her website Past Tense GA.