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.
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.