The Friends of Johns Homestead Park and Tucker Historical Society are working with various preservation groups, including the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Georgia State University’s Heritage Preservation Department, with the goal of stabilizing and preserving the existing Johns Homestead structures and eventually restoring the buildings.
The Homestead and outbuildings have recently been deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the State Historic Preservation Office. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation also recently named Johns Homestead to its 2016 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state. Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about Georgia's significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. Through Places in Peril, the Trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources and partnerships in order to reclaim, restore and revitalize historic properties that are in peril.
The Friends of Johns Homestead and Tucker Historical Society are currently working with a design firm to assess the condition of the buildings and to develop a plan for stabilization of the property. Much thanks to DeKalb County Commissioners Stan Watson and Sharon Barnes-Sutton and All Star Fence Company for providing the fencing around the Homestead and outbuildings to protect the property from further damage.
Friends of Johns Homestead plans to undertake a significant capital campaign to raise money for the stabilization of the property, and a design plan for the restoration. To donate toward these efforts, please click here. For information regarding corporate sponsorships or in-kind donations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2012, DeKalb County held a public meeting to gather input from the community regarding the future of the park. The Friends of Johns Homestead worked with Root Design Studio to develop a possible concept plan based on the feedback from this meeting.