Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Donaldson Farmhouse Opens to Public for “Preservation Celebration” on Sunday, June 3 from Noon to 4.

DUNWOODY, Ga. – For the first time in its 142 years, the Donaldson Bannister farmhouse at the corner of Vermack and Chamblee Dunwoody Roads will be open to the public.  On Sunday, June 3, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) will open the gates to the familiar site for Preservation Celebration, a celebration and fundraising event for the historic home.

The event is hosted by the DPT and is made possible with a donation from City Council member Adrian Bonser, her husband Brian Bonser, and the Gendell Family Foundation, along with numerous other volunteers and sponsors. The first of two planned events, Preservation Celebration is meant 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. 

People of all ages are invited to visit the property for an afternoon of food vendors, guided tours of the grounds, and children’s activities and games reminiscent of the past. Some of the activities include corn hole, horseshoes, a petting farm, 3-legged-races and more.  The familiar band from the weekly Dunwoody Green Market, “Smokey and the Farmland Band”, will be providing entertainment.

For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the cake auction that will take place mid-afternoon. To register a cake for the auction, please call 678-641-1186. The person whose cake sells for the highest amount at the auction will win a spa certificate to Perimeter Spa Salon.  Raffle tickets will also be sold throughout the event and winners do not have to be present to win one of the many assorted prizes.

Admission to the event is free, as are most of the activities and games. All proceeds and donations from the event will go to the restoration of the Donaldson Bannister farmhouse and property.

Event hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Parking will be available on the street and at Independence Square. A limited number of handicap spots will be available on the property. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; no coolers nor pets are allowed.

For more information about the event, visit or call 678-244-9800. Volunteers are still needed and those interested can contact Cheryl at

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