Browning Courthouse Day – Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Saturday, October 8th, 201610:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tucker Historical Society invites the community to celebrate Browning Courthouse on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Admission is Free for this Rain or Shine event.

The event is being  held in conjunction with Tucker Recreation Center’s Annual Fall Festival which will give more people an opportunity to learn about Tucker history as well as the community services, enrichment classes and other year round services that occur at Tucker Recreation Center.

Browning Couthouse, circa 1860, will be open for visitors of all ages to see the special collections of Tucker Historical Society.

The Tucker Recreation Center’s Annual Fall Festival includes their Annual Yard Sale and a food drive for the Food Pantry.  Yard sale space can be reserved by visiting and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Tucker Rec

Browning Courthouse is located on the front lawn of the Tucker Recreation Center at 4898 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA 30084.

Annual Membership Meeting

All Tucker Historical Society Members and Friends are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Membership meeting.

The THS Membership meeting will be Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Tucker Recreation Center in Room 15. The meeting will start with a Meet & Greet at 6:45 and be followed by the business meeting and officer elections. The meeting will conclude by 8:30pm.

Our 2016 Annual Springtime Events are on the calendar and volunteer sign up sheets will be available.

The Tucker Plant Swap & Share – Saturday, April 16th 8am to 1pm at the Tucker First Baptist Church parking lot.

The 2016 Tucker Historical Society Garden Tour – Saturday, May 14th 9am to 5pm. We are still looking for a few more gardens to complete this year’s tour.

Tucker Day will be Saturday, May 7th where we will have a booth.

We rely on our members to help make our events and activities successful, so please consider how you can participate with our 2016 board as Tucker Historical Society celebrates Tucker, GA history!

Johns Homestead selected by Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation as one of 10 ‘Places in Peril’

Tucker Historical Society and Friends of Johns Homestead are so pleased to share this important and exciting news with the Tucker community! After 15 years of creating community awareness and recruiting volunteer effort for research, talking to experts, letter writing campaigns, nominating the property for Green Space, DeKalb County buying the property, pulling privet and tons of trash on clean up days, working with Rehoboth Baptist Church, community meetings to talk about the future of the property, meetings in living rooms, urgent phone calls made, emails sent, laughter of small successes and probably a few tears when the going got real tough – we wondered when good news would come this way!

Now, thanks to this recognition by The Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation, Johns Homestead has a chance to have a brighter and productive future. Can you imagine one day visiting the Johns Homestead Interpretive Center? Hopefully, with the old homestead being listed on the 2016 Places in Peril, this is the beginning for that idea to happen.

The Johns Homestead is thought to have been built between 1829 and 1832. The main house is a rare example of a single pen turned saddlebag house type. Among the property’s many typical late 19th century and early 20th century outbuildings stands a historically significant dairy building. This building was constructed of rammed-earth, an ancient construction technique that became popular in the United States during the 1800s. Very few examples of vernacular rammed-earth buildings remain in Georgia, and Johns Homestead contains the only documented one in the state.

In 2004 the remaining 22 acres of the original 202-acre homestead were sold to DeKalb County. Some demolition that the County deemed necessary has already take place, and other historic structures remain in various states of disrepair. Budget cuts have left the site largely neglected and unsecured, resulting in vandalism.

“This is the Trust’s eleventh annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.”

Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

Through Places in Peril, the Trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources and partnerships in order to reclaim, restore and revitalize historic properties that are in peril.

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. Committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all, The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund; provides design assistance to Georgia Main Street cities and encourages neighborhood revitalization; trains teachers in Georgia’s school systems to engage students to discover state and national history through their local historic resources; and, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.

Cofer General Store Fire (1948)

This is a dvd version of the original film footage taken on August 27, 1948. It covers about 8 minutes of the terrible fire of Cofer Bros. On Tuesday October 13, 2015, several Cofer family members and guests crowded into the Cofer Bros. conference room to see this preserved and fragile piece of history revealed.

The owner of the film, Mr. Mackie Waters shared his memories during the presentation. He says his brother was visiting the family at that time and when they heard that there was something happening on Main Street, he grabbed his movie camera and they became witnesses to the firefighting efforts to save the building.

The Cofer family suffered the loss of their business, damages of at least $250,000 and a friend also lost his life during the fire, but with support of the people of Tucker and the support of Cofer Bros long standing relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, they rebuilt the store.

Special thanks to Charlie Cofer for helping to transfer the old footage into a dvd with nice clear images of the event.

Join us for our Annual Tucker Garden Tour – May 16, 2015

Tucker Historical Society’s
2015 Thirteenth Annual Garden Tour
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:00 am to 5:00 Pm

Advance $ 12.OO each and Tour Day $ 15.00 each

Advance Tickets Available at these shops:
Brockett Square Barber Shop – 3853 B Lawrenceville Highway
Festival Unique Gifts and Fine Art – 2343 B Main Street
The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station – 2316 D Main Street
Tucker Flower Shop – 2249 Idlewood Road


The 2015 garden tour features the Master Gardener’s Butterfly Garden at Browning Courthouse and the private gardens of Scott Topping and George Wellborn, Jeanne and Grant Knox, Joan and Carey Kidd, Wanna and Tong Woowong, and Renee and Denny Hopf.

Thanks to our 2015 Garden Tour Sponsors


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  • Bank of North Georgia
  • The Custom Frame Shop
  • The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station
  • Robinlee Fitch, MS, MDiv, LPC
  • Grecian Gyro
  • Hampton Inn Northlake
  • Primo Grills & Smokers
  • Tucker Times/Hometown News
  • Up Close and Personal in Tucker

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  • Smoke Signal
  • Vulcan Materials
  • Preprint Printing
  • Darryl and Caroline Riggins
  • Aubrey and Becky Daniels
  • Henry Everett and Jesse Usleton
  • Buddy and Marsha Pittard
  • John Wermuth and Mark Bryant
  • Marion Croxton