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Major News on Historic Bagley Park


This past July Elon Osby presented our Speaker Series at St Philip Cathedral on the history of  the1870’s to 1950’s Black Buckhead neighborhood known as Macedonia Park. This Pharr Rd property was renamed Bagley Park when the homes were torn down by Fulton County in the early 1950’s, and eventually renamed Frankie Allen Park by the City of Atlanta in the 1970’s. As a result of Elons discussion, Buckhead Heritage created a task force to review returning the parks name to Bagley Park, and naming the Park’s sports complex and fields after Frankie Allen, a dedicated former volunteer and referee for Buckhead Baseball. Buckhead Heritage is chartered by the City of Atlanta with the management and maintenance of the Mt Olive cemetery that remains in the park from it’s days as a neighborhood. In October Buckhead Heritage joined with the City of Atlanta and others to reconsecrate the cemetery. City Councilman Howard Shook also introduced a bill to rename the park and sports complex …

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2022 Award Winners

John Beach, Past President, announced the award to English and Matt Norman, our hosts for this year’s Holiday Party. The Normans spent over 6 years restoring The Meredith House at 417 Hillside Drive, created an outstanding website dedicated to their efforts, and successfully listed the house on the National Register. Matt is an evangelist for local preservation, included giving a Buckhead Heritage Speaker Series lecture last year.
Tamara Bazzle, Board Member Emeritus, announced the award to Ivan Allen, IV. Over many months, Ivan’s singular focus was working with neighbors of New Hope AME Church, members of Buckhead Heritage, foundations, and the general public to raise tens of thousands of dollars to complete the fencing surrounding the cemetery, restore existing monuments, and mark a large number of unmarked graves. This was an arduous, complicated, and sensitive effort. Ivan eventually worked with DL Henderson, an expert of African American cemeteries to help the congregation decide how they wanted to honor those buried in unmarked graves. This process is ongoing. Ivan worked to ensure that Pastor David Richards and the members of New Hope AME Church knew that their wishes were paramount. Ivan also worked closely with Beth Cook and Mike Ivey from PRUMC, which has a long history of volunteering at New Hope AME Church, in planning a major work day in the spring of 2021. He consulted closely with Ashley Shares of Oakland Cemetery to prioritize the restoration of monuments at New Hope Cemetery, and they had training sessions for volunteers who were interested in learning how to execute some monument restoration themselves.

Upcoming Events

Thurs, June 15 7pm – Speaker Series: John Pruitt (FREE)

Thurs, July 20 7pm – Speaker Series: Robert Ratonyi (FREE)


New Website Additions

Sam Massell’s Leadership by Wright Mitchell

Two Annual Awards Announced

Bob Helget Remembered by Wright Mitchell

Two Inspiring Members Lost Recently by Tamara A. Bazzle


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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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