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About Friends of Johns Homestead Park

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

Johns Homestead Park was created in 2004, when Dekalb County purchased 23 acres of the Johns family property at a cost of $4.72 million. Local residents had nominated the property for acquisition in hopes to protect the parcel from developers. In 2006, the county purchased the adjoining Twin Brothers Lakes property for $2.31 million. These lakes were originally developed for pay fishing in the 1950’s.

Tucker Civic Association and Tucker Historical Society took the early lead on working with DeKalb County to clean up the grounds and stabilize the house. In the fall of 2011, the Friends of Johns Homestead Park was formed through a collaboration of these groups working with neighboring residents. The Friends of Johns Homestead is governed by a Board of Directors that come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the group. The Board is unified in their commitment to preserving and restoring the historic homestead and executing the vision of the organization. The 2019-2020 Friends of Johns Homestead Park Board of Directors are:

  • Christy Atkins

  • Marilyn Bryan

  • Beth Ganga- Chair

  • Ray Ganga

  • Michael Kidd- Treasurer

  • Matthew Lee

  • Debbie Namer

  • Valarie Nichols

  • Joe Scarpaci

  • Cathy Shirah

  • Fred Syre

  • Alan Tice- Secretary

  • Dave Butler- Technical Advisor

  • Pam McNall- Advisor


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