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Paces Ferry United Methodist Church Threatened

Buckhead Heritage is advocating for the preservation of the historic Paces Ferry United Methodist Church and the venerable tree that stands sentinel before it.

Established in 1877, Paces Ferry United Methodist Church was originally known as Pleasant Hill Methodist Church. It has been an integral part of Buckhead’s narrative for nearly a century and a half.

Adjacent to the church lies the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which holds the graveds of Civil War soldiers who died in a nearby battle, Buckhead families and William Brown, the man who donated the land for the church.

There is also the majestic tree that has stood witness to centuries of change. This towering Post Oak, dating back to at least the 1730s, predates even the founding of our nation.

The church is currently for sale, and Buckhead Heritage has learned that there are several interested parties, including some who wish to preserve it. Additionally, neighbors are actively working with the Methodist church to ensure the preservation of the adjacent cemetery.

“The church and its historic tree are not just relics of the past; they are touchstones that ground us in our shared heritage,” said Buckhead Heritage President Ivan Allen. “They remind us of the pioneers who shaped our community, the struggles they faced, and the triumphs they achieved. To lose them would be to lose a part of ourselves.”

Buckhead Heritage seeks to ensure that these treasures are safeguarded for future generations. Our mission is not only to preserve buildings and landmarks but also to foster a deep appreciation for our history within the community. We believe that by honoring our past, we enrich our present and lay the foundation for a more vibrant future.

For additional inquiries, please contact: Richard Waterhouse, Executive Director Buckhead Heritage 3180 Mathieson Drive, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA  30305, (404) 467-9447, rwaterhouse@buckheadheritage.com.


2024 Garden Party

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Garden of Nancy and Joe Wilen

This year’s Garden Party was very successful. 5 Corporate Sponsors, 14 Patrons, 24 Host Committee Members, and 43 ticket holders supported us. 115 attendees participated and we raised over $30,000 so we can continue to fulfill our mission. We so appreciate Nancy and Joe Wilen for allowing us to use their beautiful garden.

Buckhead Heritage appreciates our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Peachtree Hills Place

Gold Sponsor
Arrow Exterminators

Silver Sponsors
Ansley Real Estate – Hil Harper
Home Real Estate – Kathy Olmstead

Betsy and Scott Akers
Ann and John Beach
Suzette and Stan Brading
Robb Bunnen
Sherri and Jesse Crawford
Sandy and Dave Ferguson
Judy Gray
Mrs. Frank H. Maier, Jr.
Mrs. Sam Massell
Antonia and Wright Mitchell
Ginna Seitz
Dean and Bronson Smith
Lisa and John Snodgrass

Host Committee Members
Beckie and John Amos
Tamara and Ken Bazzle
Howard Benson
Margo Owens Boden
Marcie Brown
Dana and Tres Carpenter
Carol J. Clark
Bonnie and George Cooke
Marcia and John Donnell
Katharine and Alan Elsas
Buffie and Mark Feidler
Carol Grady
Penny and George Hart
John J. Kelley III
Lori and Thornton Kennedy
Alfred Kennedy and Bill Kenny
Alec Michaelides and Kenneth Lemm
Carter and Hampton Morris
Lee Morris and Marilyn Morgan
Sonny and Christy Morris
Mary and Felton Norwood
Becky and Mark Riley
Anne and David Stacy
Linda DeFoor Wickham

Upcoming Events

Thurs, June 20th
Speaker Series: Secret Atlanta

Thurs, July 18th
Speaker Series: Steve Steinman

Thurs, July 20th
Walking Tour: Peachtree Heights East

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The Buckhead Heritage Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 by a group of Buckhead residents who recognized the need for an advocacy organization to protect Buckhead’s significant historic resources.  As Buckhead surges into the 21st century, many of its stories, documents, buildings, cemeteries, and other historic resources are at risk of being lost.

From our Founding Members whose capital contributions have seeded our efforts, to our Board Members who oversee our Mission, to our Executive Director and staff who implement our programs, Buckhead Heritage Society is a group of individuals with a collective passion for Buckhead history and Buckhead preservation.

We recognize the importance of identifying, preserving, restoring, and promoting the community’s historic resources for the benefit of future generations. We hope you will join us on our mission.

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Buckhead Heritage Society
3180 Mathieson Drive, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30305

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