We’re Moving!

Just like Browning Courthouse did all those years ago, the Tucker Historical Society is moving.  Welcome to our new home!

We have plans to expand our site to offer more information about how you can become involved in our current restoration efforts and also offer more a glimpses into the history of the Tucker community.  Our new design will be launching soon.

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.

150th Anniversary of the Civil War Actions in the Tucker Northlake Area

Tucker Historical Society will celebrate Tucker’s 122nd anniversary with a special Browning Courthouse Open House on Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War actions in the Tucker Northlake area. The DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB) printed a nice brochure of historic sites and civil war points of interest in DeKalb County. Tucker’s Browning Courthouse is first on the list. The DCVB brochures will be available at the event.

In addition to viewing archives and collections inside and outside the building, scheduled guest speakers will also be on hand to share their stories.
Tucker Historical Society members, Mary Bolton and her brother Paul Thomas, descendants of the early Browning family; Fran Franz portraying Miss Mary Gay of Decatur as she shares her stories of helping the Confederate soldiers and saving her Decatur home during Union occupation; and Gregory Bailey, Deacon and Community Service Director of Salem Missionary Baptist Church will share his story of discovering his family’s slave roots in Lilburn.

On the front lawn, Tucker Civic Association plans to have related historical activities for kids of all ages, information tables for Tucker community groups and refreshments.

Come learn about Tucker history and enjoy the day!

The DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 1957 Lakeside Parkway Suite 510 Tucker, GA 30084.  770-492-5050 (Ext.  1058) or 866-633-5252  (Ext. 1058).

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Happy Birthday Tucker!

Tucker’s 122nd anniversary is tomorrow, June 25th, celebrating the opening of the first Tucker Post Office on June 25th, 1892. The Tucker Historical Society is celebrating with a presentation to the current Post Master, Ms. Theo Best, in the lobby of the Tucker Post Office at 2:30 PM.The Tucker Historical Society will be presenting a custom baked creation from Tucker’s own Sweet Dee’s to the entire staff, and Harry Powell, of the Tucker Historical Society, will be presenting the book, “A History of Tucker 1821-1945”, by Tim Timmons, to Ms. Best.

Tucker GA celebrates 122 years