Friends of Historic Woolsey

Preserving Our Yesterdays for Tomorrow 

 Help Save Historic Woolsey Church!


Friends of Historic Woolsey's initial project includes the upkeep and maintenance of the Historic Woolsey Cemetery. Each cemetery’s physical environment tells stories unique to its community and to the people buried there. To celebrate and honor the lives and legacies of those laid to rest in the cemetery, Friends of Historic Woolsey is committed to preservation, storytelling, education, and community. 



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Help Save Historic Woolsey Church! Friends of Historic Woolsey's initial project includes the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of the Historic Woolsey Church. Originally named Harmony Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the church was established on August 26, 1888, in a little store on the east side of the Southern Railroad. On October 2, 1904, Harmony Grove changed its name to Woolsey Baptist Church. To prevent confusion with the new Woolsey Baptist Church, the historic church is now Historic Woolsey Church. 
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The landscaping project includes a memorial garden outside of the cemetery fence where the unmarked graves are located, providing a place for reflection. White-flowering, heirloom plants sourced from local families will be planted in the garden. If you'd like to volunteer or have any white flowers from your garden that you'd like to donate, please contact us.  
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Friends of Historic Woolsey's goal is to preserve, honor, and learn from Woolsey’s past to benefit future generations. Named in honor of Reverend I. G. Woolsey, MD, a minister, doctor, farmer, landowner, and philanthropist, Woolsey, originally called Woolseyville, was a thriving town in its heyday. The town had a train depot, school, bank, post office, jail, millinery, blacksmith shop, cotton gin, peach packing plant, doctor’s office, lumber business, general store, and church. Trains from the Atlanta-Hawkinsville Railroad Company carried cotton, peaches, and other crops north to Atlanta. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would frequently stop in Woolsey on his train rides to Warm Springs.

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