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Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse opening to the public this Sunday
by Staff Reports
September 26, 2012 03:17 PM | 1670 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Dunwoody Preservation Trust will host the second Preservation Celebration at the Donaldson-Bannister house and farm Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

This community awareness event celebrates the history of the home built in 1870 with tours and family friendly activities reminiscent of historic times. The home and farm is located at the corner of Vermack and Chamblee Dunwoody Roads. Admission is free as are most activities.

A similar event was held in the spring and both events are funded with a $5,000 donation from Dunwoody City Councilmember Adrian Bonser, her husband Brian Bonser and the Gendell Family Foundation, along with numerous other volunteers and sponsors. The celebration events are intended 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.

There will be something for everyone at this community event, including guided tours of the grounds, self-guided tours of the house, games and activities for children and adults including: corn hole, horseshoes, a petting farm, 3-legged-races, a deejay to provide musical entertainment and food including barbecue provided by a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scout Troop No. 477.

A cake auction returns for this event and will include cakes and pies. The live auction begins at 1:30 pm. Anyone interested in donating a cake or a pie for the auction is asked to call (678) 641-1186.

All proceeds and donations from the event will go to the restoration of the Donaldson-Bannister farmhouse and property.

Handicap parking will be available on-site and golf cart rides offered to assist citizens from this area of parking to the house. Parking will also be available on side streets and at the nearby Dunwoody Place North Condominium Association complex at Independence Square (corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Peeler Road). Parking is discouraged along Vermack Road.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; no coolers or pets are allowed. Volunteers are still needed and those interested can contact Bonnie at (770) 671-0863.

For more information about the event, call M.J. Thomas at (404) 512-2400. or visit and click the link at the top of the page.

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