Monday, September 17, 2012

Farmhouse II Celebration Dunwoody

Historic Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse Opens to Public on September 30
Dunwoody Preservation Trust Celebrates History at Fun Filled Event

DUNWOODY, Ga. – The Dunwoody Preservation Trust will host the second Preservation Celebration at the Donaldson-Bannister house and farm on Sunday, September 30 from 12:00 noon until 4:30 p.m.  This community awareness event celebrates the history of the home built in 1870 with tours and family friendly activities reminiscent of historic times.  The home and farm is located at the corner of Vermack and Chamblee Dunwoody Roads.  Admission is free as are most activities.

A similar event was held in the spring and both events are funded with a $5,000 donation from City Council member Adrian Bonser, her husband Brian Bonser, and the Gendell Family Foundation, along with numerous other volunteers and sponsors. The Preservation Celebration events are intended to raise awareness and educate the community on the restoration needs for the house, now a city owned park, in order for it to be fully enjoyed by the community.  


There will be something for everyone at this community event including:
·       Guided tours of the grounds
·       Self-guided tours of the house
·       Games and activities for children and adults including:  corn hole, horseshoes, a petting farm, 3-legged-races
·       A deejay to provide musical entertainment
·       Food including barbecue provided by a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scout Troop #477

A very successful cake auction returns for this event and will include pies as well as cakes.  The live auction begins at 1:30 pm.  Anyone interested in donating a cake or a pie for the auction is asked to call 678-641-1186.

All proceeds and donations from the event will go to the restoration of the Donaldson-Bannister farmhouse and property.

Handicap parking will be available on-site and golf cart rides offered to assist citizens from this area of parking to the house.   Parking will also be available on side streets and at the nearby Dunwoody Place North Condominium Association complex at Independence Square (corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Peeler Road).   Parking is discouraged along Vermack Road.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; no coolers or pets are allowed.   Volunteers are still needed and those interested can contact Bonnie at 770-671-0863.  For more information about the event, call M.J. Thomas at 404-512-2400.  For more information about the Donaldson-Bannister house, visit the DPT website at and click the link at the top of the page.

The Dunwoody Preservation Trust was founded in 1994 with organization funding provided by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association.  The DPT is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered to preserve the history and heritage of Dunwoody through various means.  These include acquisition and/or underwriting the maintenance of historically significant properties, documenting historical and current happenings, providing education on Dunwoody’s past and contributing to the general beautification and functionality of Dunwoody.