Friends of Historic Woolsey

Preserving Our Yesterdays for Tomorrow 

 Help Save Historic Woolsey Church!


<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Rev. I. G. Woolsey, MD<span>Dr. I. G. Woolsey:</span> John Lynch, County Historian<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Dr. I. G. Woolsey<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> The Church<span>Fayette County Author:</span> Dr. Ferrol Sams Jr.<span>HISTORY, STORIES, AND PEOPLE:</span> Ferrol Sams – Christmas Memory 1929<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Dr. Sams about Stories<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Dr. Sams about churches in the South<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> I. G. and Arva Woolsey Home<span>Historic Preservation:</span> Richard Moe<span>Why Old Places Matter:</span> Thompson Mayes <span>WOOLSEY BANK:</span> The Fayetteville News November 11, 1910<span>Woolsey Gin and Warehouse:</span> Fayetteville News Nov. 11, 1910<span>Lewis & Matthews:</span> The Fayetteville News, Nov. 11, 1910<span>Woolsey Train Depot:</span> Courtesy of Frank Carden

"Woolsey was a cotton town, a real
thriving community then. We had a big
cotton gin, and folks were raising a lot
of cotton, and trains stopped right here 
and loaded up bale after bale." 
– John Ballard McLean
, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1996

"Old places foster community by giving people a sense of shared
identity through landmarks, history, memory, and stories."

– Thompson M. Mayes, Why Old Places Matter


Named in honor of Rev. I. G. Woolsey, MD, a minister, doctor, farmer, landowner, and philanthropist, Woolsey, incorporated in 1893, was a thriving town in its heyday. 

  Depot Agent - C. T. Woolsey
 Grandson of Dr. I. G. Woolsey

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, Georgia.


Storyteller Ferrol Sams 

Storytelling, an integral part of history, teaches, inspires, motivates, and can even caution. Stories tell where a town's citizens have been and where they hope to be in the future. Along with the preservation of the church and cemetery, Friends of Historic Woolsey's goal is to preserve and promote the stories of the people who lived in, settled in, and built the town of Woolsey, Georgia. 

In addition to working with national, state, and/or county historic preservation organizations, Friends of Historic Woolsey also works with the mayor and the town council in Woolsey’s historic preservation efforts providing current residents of and visitors to Woolsey with historic, educational, and cultural opportunities to learn about the town and the surrounding area. 


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A Hundred Families in Fayette by Mrs. Hill P. Redwine (Lucy Reagan)

Woolsey Dots, The Fayetteville News, July 19, 1895
Woolsey's First Literary Society, The Fayetteville News, August 09, 1895 

Woolsey News Items, The Fayetteville News, September 13, 1895
Woolsey Literary Club, The Fayetteville News, October 18, 1895

Woolsey Dots, The Fayetteville News, November 01, 1895

Woolsey Literary Club, The Fayetteville News, November 01, 1895

Woolsey Literary Club, The Fayetteville News, November 13, 1895

Woolsey Literary Club, The Fayetteville News, November 22, 1895

"I. G. Woolsey Family Reunion at Woolsey," The Fayetteville News, 18 December 20, 1895

"Round about Woolseyville," The Fayetteville News, March 08, 1889
Dr. I. G. Woolsey Obituary, The Fayetteville News, September 19, 1902
Death of Dr. Isaac Gray Woolsey

Lutie Lee McLean, handwritten obituary, August 13, 1905
Mary A. McLean, handwritten obituary, August 16, 1905
Application for a Bank Charter, The Fayetteville News, August 02, 1907
Application to be Incorporated, Farmers Warehouse, The Fayetteville News, Aug. 27, 1909
Petition to be Incorporated, Woolsey Gin Co., The Fayetteville News, April 08, 1910
J. T. Lewis Woolsey Gin and Warehouse Co. The Fayetteville News, November 11, 1910
Woolsey Bank Established 1907, The Fayetteville News, November 11, 1910

"Remembrance of Things Past: Someone Else's Life" about Juan Fernandez McLean by Robert Reeves
Excerpt from “Model Station Kept by Agent Woolsey,” Southern News Bulletin, October, 1918
July the Fourth, The Fayetteville News, July 07, 1922
Woolsey, GA The Atlanta Journal/The Atlanta Constitution June 6, 1993 

"Ghost of Woolsey past still haunts the woods," Southside and Fayette Sun, October 21, 1993 (Note: Photo in Article is of Emeline Reagan Woolsey)
"Too-tiny church alive with spirit of Woolsey's heritage," AJC, April 11, 1996

"Charles Reagan Woolsey." The History of Fayette County 1821-1971, FC Historical Society
Ward, Amy. "W. A. "Bud" Ballard." Fayette Portraits. Volume 13, Spring 2001, pp 4-5.
Warr, Valerie. "Joyce Tate Bannister." Fayette Portraits. Volume 13, Spring 2001, pp 6-9.
"Calvin Reese Jackson." The Fayette County Heritage Book, Fayette County Historical Society, 2003.
Unique Woolsey Town Hall Celebrates First Anniversary

Woolsey Seeking to Preserve History Through Nonprofit Organization 
A Prayer for Historic Woolsey Baptist Church Written by Betty Green in Her Bible