Buckhead Heritage November 2019 Newsletter
November Speaker Series: Ken Thomas, How Wieuca Road Really Got its Name
November 7, 7 pm St. Philip’s Cathedral, Gould Rm
Wieuca Road – It’s not named for an Indian Princess, or three daughters of anyone. The story of how the road got its name in the early 1900s has long intrigued Atlantans. All previous stories are but myth. Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., genealogy columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has unraveled the truth. It involves a love story, a future governor, and shows how the truth can be buried so deep it was almost lost forever. Come hear the amazing unraveling of how this name came to be on the Atlanta map.
2019 Holiday House Gala
December 12, 7 pm Peachtree Battle Ave. 30305
Buckhead Heritage will celebrate the Holidays this year at one of the earlier homes built on Peachtree Battle Avenue. In the late 1920’s and 30’s this homes owners property included all but a few lots from Peachtree Battle to West Wesley, and from Northside Dr to Habersham Rd. They sold lots in Haynes Manor and Westover, and traded this house for the Buckhead Theater in 1937. This magnificent art-filled home has retained many historic architectural details throughout extensive renovations and additions over the years.
Enjoy this fun cocktail buffet with friends, music and valet parking while helping support Buckhead Heritage.
Host Committee and Patrons lists are online and will go to printers on Monday November 4. Register online or call Richard at the office, 404-467-9447 for more information.
Oral History: Bo Dubose
Bo talks about growing up in Buckhead, the Civil War Collection, schools, and lots more. Interviewer Mike Armstrong along with Tres Carpenter completed this most recent Buckhead Heritage oral history interview.
There is no truth to the rumor that the out takes might surface at a future patron event.
Demos Galaktiadis Honored with Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from Secretary of States Office at our September Pancake Supper
Sixty Buckhead Heritage members and guests enjoyed pancakes, french toast, sausage and bacon along with behind-the-scenes history about The White House Restaurant. This venerated breakfast and lunch spot on Peachtree Road is one of the oldest businesses in Buckhead, and opened for the Buckhead Heritage event. Taking center stage were owner Demos Galaktiadis, who purchased the 71-year-old restaurant in 1971, and former Mayor Sam Massell, who recounted stories about the businesses that once occupied the property now known as Loudermilk Park. When Mayor Massell evicted Demos and other businesses to make way for the park, The White House Restaurant moved a block north to 3172 Peachtree Road. Sam and Demos have since become good friends.
During the Buckhead Heritage event, Demos received a plaque from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office proclaiming him an Outstanding Georgia Citizen and a Goodwill Ambassador from the state. Recipients are selected for this honor based on merit and service to their community. Longtime Demos friend Alan Smith presented the award, which he had worked to secure with local politicians and the Secretary of State’s office.
Meredith House on Buckhead Historic Treasures Map
The Buckhead Historic Treasures online database now contains almost 700 historical places. These are shown on an interactive map on the Buckhead Heritage website, and users can click on various Buckhead neighborhoods, zoom to a street, and see what is listed nearby. There is also an online form on the website that allows anyone to submit information about potential new Buckhead historic entries.
Dr Matt Norman and his wife English have done an outstanding job of researching and restoring their home, the Meredith House, near Chastain Park. The Normans also created their own house website highlighting their research and restoration journey. Along with the house and outbuildings, they have documented area history, architecture and building resources, previous owners and family members, and a small cemetery on the property. This hidden gem designed by James Wise and William Monroe in the 1930’s at 417 Hillside Dr has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
More 2019 Events
Nov 7 – Speaker Series: Ken Thomas, The Real Story of how Wieuca Road got its Name.
December 12 – Buckhead Heritage Holiday Party
Jan 8 – Speaker Series, Cathedral of St Philip, TBA
March 14 – 2pm at Duck Pond, Peachtree Heights East Historical Walking Tour, a Buckhead Heritage free public program for Phoenix Flies, Atlanta Preservation Center.
Buckhead Heritage is a volunteer run group and can always utilize a variety of skills, including folks to help at events, cemetery cleanups, and on several preservation projects that could use research, committee and leadership help. If you’ve like to have some fun, learn something while helping the community, and meet some neighbors then we’d love to talk to you. Please contact Richard at the office.
2019 Board & Staff
Officers John Beach – President
Fay Pearce, Jr. – Vice President
Michael D. Armstrong – Treasurer
Howard C. Benson – Secretary
Tamara A. Bazzle – Immediate Past President
Board of Directors
Ivan Allen IV
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
Tamara A. Bazzle
Robert F. Helget
Edward L. Daugherty, FASLA
Frances H. Westbrook
Buckhead Heritage Society
3180 Mathieson Drive, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30305