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Know Your Heritage - The Founding Families of Tucker Tour

A Revolutionary War veteran's grave site at the Old Fellowship Cemetery, established 1829.
A Revolutionary War veteran's grave site at the Old Fellowship Cemetery, established 1829.

Visit Ancient Cemeteries, This Sunday, 3/2/14, 11am-5pm

Did you know some of Tucker’s founding families were an integral part of the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War? Thousands of Sherman’s troops and cavalry stayed in Tucker and marched down the same streets we drive every day. Come experience Tucker’s rich history and learn about our brave pioneers who established Tucker in the early 1800s. They settled their families here, built our roads, churches, schools, and buried their relatives in small grave plots all over Tucker.  

Many Founding Families of Tucker cemeteries will not be in Tucker proper if GA senate bill 270 passes. These founding family gravesites will be located in Lakeside City, not in the town they established. This ancient cemetery tour acknowledges our past, present, and hopes for the future.

WHAT:    Tour ancient cemetery plots of our historic community

WHERE:   Meet at The Old Tucker Fountain, 2329 Main Street, Tucker, GA

WHEN:    Anytime between 11am and 5pm, Sunday, March 2, 2014

WHY:    To view historic books written about Tucker, receive your printed tour map, mix and mingle with some of Tucker’s Founding Family members who still live in the area, have a bite to eat at the Old Tucker Fountain, meet with members of the Tucker Historical Society, Tucker2014, Tucker Civic Association, etc.

HOW:    It’s a self-guided “Sunday Drive” tour, so after visiting the Old Tucker Fountain, enjoy your historic drive through Tucker.

Highlights include:

-          Tour twelve specific cemeteries and small family grave plots

-          Visit the home of one of Tucker’s Founding Families, The Johns Homestead, dating back to 1828. Clarkston’s annexation plan includes Johns Homestead. The Homestead is now a 50-acre park with newly blazed hiking trails through old-growth forests down to Twin Brothers Lakes.

-          Bound historic books about Tucker available for viewing and purchase at Old Tucker Fountain.

Politics aside, this is going to be a great day to learn about one of Greater Atlanta’s most historically significant communities.

For more information, contact Pam McNall at pamelamcnall@gmail.com

Tell your neighbors. Forward on facebook. Spread the word.

Expect follow-up press release with printable, detailed tour-guide map on Friday, 2/28.

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Brian February 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Thanks for putting this together Pam. You're a true jewel of the Tucker Community.
Bill Lowe February 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I like your thinking. Please don't go too far back though. Native American Indians used to live here. This was their nation at one point. By force they were sent packing, and what remains of these people have relocated. History and graves show who used to live in the area. It does not show who lives in the area now, nor does it accurately describe what the area is now or what it will be in the future. Change. It happens, and the majority of time it is for the better. Status Quo, well that is how you stay stagnant and irrelevant. That is how you get walked on by impeding change. There is no doubt that there is history in Tucker. There is no doubt that the founders of the Tucker area were scattered about going inside of 285. There is also no doubt that the feeling of the area has changed and the relevance of that history is not felt by the majority of the current residents. I really wanted Tucker to become a city. Leadership of the Tucker city initiative did not feel as strongly about it as they should have. Don't worry, it will take years for all the maps to change. Tucker will live on.
Frannie D. February 27, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Tucker is like Virginia Highland or Buckhead. A known area within a larger context. Tucker is truly awesome as an area and has great history, there's no dispute. It is sad that they squandered their opportunity to become a real city, to enable a stronger hand in defining their own future with better zoning, just because of a petty border dispute that could have been settled with any one of the minimal compromises that COBI was willing to make. They might have even been able to convince COBI to give up even more than the initial starting offers. But saying "it's my way or take a hike" was not a show of good faith--it was borderline petulant. T14's rigidity will be seen as what caused Lakeside to win, to the detriment of the Tucker community. I was so rooting for us all to come together in a more high minded way. To me it was a tragic waste of everyone's time and money.
Joy February 28, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Seeking link to tour map which I'm told is online? Hope to attend, intending to enjoy the history of Tucker and leave the politics at home. It's a great town. thanx
Pam McNall February 28, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Yes! http://tuckercivic.org/foundingfamiliestour/ Please print at home, and join us anytime on Sunday at the Old Tucker Fountain. We'll have books and information about our history, cityhood, upcoming events, etc.

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