Autrey Mill Heritage Collections
Autrey Mill is fortunate to own several collections of historic items.
- Farm Museum Collection – farming implements used by local farmers
- Tenant House Collection – household items
- Green Store Collection – a mixture of items sold in the store and personal Green family items
- Forsten Collection – Southeastern Indian projectile points
Where have these items come from?
Over the years area residents have generously given the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association many items that were used in this area during the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. These items now furnish the Tenant Farmhouse, are housed in the Farm Museum and in its outdoor display area, and decorate the Summerour House.
The Green Country Store was full to the brim with items sold in the store, all of its ledgers and miscellaneous stuff stored there during its years of operation. Some of these items are displayed in the Green Store, but much is still in storage awaiting attention.
The Forsten Exhibit of Southeastern Indian Artifacts opened in 2011 during our Native American Day event. The exhibit contains a selection of artifacts donated by the Forsten family. The collection contains 288 pieces of Southeastern American Indian projectile points, gorgets, atlatl weights and other artifacts. Part of the large collection is on permanent display, with other pieces being used for educational programming and future research.
What needs to be done?
The collections need to be examined, catalogued, and displayed appropriately. The more important items may need to be stabilized then specially stored or enclosed to prevent further deterioration. It’s a long process, but necessary to ensure the history of the Johns Creek area can be exhibited for today’s visitors and is preserved for future generations.
Calling all History Lovers
Become a History Docent! We’re looking for volunteers to help with our heritage programs, tours of our historic buildings, care of collections, and research.
Flexible schedule and great people! Training is provided.
If interested, or if you have local history to share, contact our collections and exhibit manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to build a collection to preserve and exhibit the history of this area and its residents. Please contact us if you would like to share or donate any of the following:
- Photographs and written text relevant to Autrey Mill and the Johns Creek area
- Historic items from the1800s-1950s (Furnishings, Clothing, Toys, Tools, etc.)
- Native American Artifacts
- Heritage Reference Books
- Display Cases
- Archival Storage Containers
- Exhibit Signage