Friends of Historic Woolsey

Preserving Our Yesterdays for Tomorrow 

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<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Rev. I. G. Woolsey, MD<span>Woolsey, Georgia:</span> About Rev. Woolsey<span>Early 1950s Aerial View of Woolsey :</span> Courtesy of Sylvia Schell<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Woolsey School<span>Woolsey School - Built in 1929:</span> Photo by Jenny Burdette © 2021<span>Photos:</span> Courtesy of Bobby Jackson Collection and Linda Blum<span>Photos:</span> Courtesy of Bobby Jackson Collection<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Stories<span>Three Woolsey Sisters:</span> Photo Courtesy of Betty Sue White Brown<span>HISTORY, STORIES, AND PEOPLE:</span> The Woolsey Family<span>HISTORY, STORIES, AND PEOPLE:</span> Ferrol Sams – Christmas Memory 1929<span>Woolsey Centennial Celebration:</span> Photo by James Lovett ©1993<span>Woolsey Centennial:</span> Photo by James Lovett © 1993<span>Woolsey Centennial :</span> Photo by James Lovett ©1993<span>Dedication:</span> Photo by James Lovett ©1993<span>I. G Woolsey Descendants:</span> Photo by James Lovett © 1993<span>Woolsey, GA:</span> Photo by Jenny Burdette ©2021<span>Woolsey, GA:</span> Photo by Jenny Burdette ©2021<span>Woolsey, GA:</span> Photo by Jenny Burdette ©2021<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Digital Art<span>Ancestors:</span> Sellner Quotation<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> Stories<span>WOOLSEY BANK:</span> The Fayetteville News November 11, 1910<span>Woolsey Old Store:</span> Courtesy of Artist – Lowell Crawford<span>I. G. and Arva Woolsey:</span> From the James L. Wilcox Collection<span>WOOLSEY, GEORGIA:</span> I. G. and Arva Woolsey Home<span>Winn Jackson in Store:</span> Courtesy of the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>1942 Woolsey:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Frank & Steve Cole in front of Norton's Garage:</span> Courtesy L. Blum<span>Clemanza Lewis Matthews 1898:</span> Courtesy of Erica Roberts Chapell<span>Isaac Woolsey Lewis:</span> Courtesy of Lyn Lewis Parker<span>Ada Elizabeth Sams Lewis:</span> Courtesy of Lyn Lewis Parker<span>Ada Elizabeth Sams Lewis:</span> Courtesy of Laura Lewis Blischke<span>Margarette J. Hubbard Jones:</span> Courtesy of Linda Blum<span>Charles Reagan Woolsey:</span> Photo from the Carolyn Lambert Collection<span>Stella Gay Woolsey:</span> Photo from the Carolyn Lambert Collection<span>Monroe Haynes and Zeph Woolsey:</span> Courtesy of Gerald Woolsey<span>H. Lambert, C.R. Woolsey, & J.L. Wilcox:</span> J.L. Wilcox Collection<span>I. G. and Emeline Woolsey's Children:</span> J. L. Wilcox Collection<span>Juan Fernandez McLean:</span> Courtesy Linda Blum<span>Mary Roberts McLean:</span> Courtesy of Linda Blum<span>John M. and Juan Fernandez & McLean - 1906:</span> Courtesy of Linda Blum<span>John Morgan and Lizzie McLean:</span> Courtesy of Linda Blum<span>John Morgan McLean Home:</span> Bernice, Joe Glenn & Thomas Bryan <span>Esther, Ruth & Ralph McLean © 1914:</span> Courtesy of L. Blum<span>John M. McLean, Aaron & the mail wagon 1903:</span> Courtesy L. Blum<span>John Morgan McLean & Old Lady © 1906:</span> Courtesy of L. Blum<span>Juan Fernandez, Alice & Miriam McLean:</span> Courtesy of L Blum<span>Ella Mae Jones and Oliver McLean:</span> Courtesy of Richard McLean<span>Archibald G. Preston:</span> Courtesy of Virginia Bailey<span>Martha Emily Preston:</span> Courtesy of Virginia Bailey<span>Woolsey Gin and Warehouse:</span> Fayetteville News Nov. 11, 1910<span>Lewis & Matthews:</span> The Fayetteville News, Nov. 11, 1910<span>J. I. and R. T. Woolsey:</span> From the J. L. Wilcox Collection<span>James Isaac Woolsey:</span> from the J. L. Wilcox Collection<span>Robert Toombs Woolsey:</span> from the J. L. Wilcox Collection<span>Woolsey Train Depot:</span> Courtesy of Frank Carden<span>Woolsey Railroad:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Linnie, Bobby, & Gladys:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Bobby Jackson in Woolsey:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Before Hwy 92:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Mortimer G. Sams in Store:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Inside Store:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Inside Store:</span> From the Bobby Jackson Collection<span>Rachel Powell Reeves :</span> Courtesy of Nancy Reeves<span>Frank P. Reeves at his mother's grave:</span> Courtesy of Nancy Reeves<span>Walter, Frank, and Robert Reeves:</span> Courtesy of Nancy Reeves<span>Reeves' Home in 1960 :</span> Courtesy of Nancy Reeves<span>Grey, Rachel, and Frank Reeves:</span> Courtesy of Nancy Reeves<span>Katie Amanda McLean Romer:</span> Courtesy of Richard McLean<span>Woolsey School 1st grade 1933:</span> Courtesy of Teresa J. Roby<span>Thomas & Mattie McLean:</span> Courtesy of Faye McLean Gresham<span>Robert T. & Alice Woolsey Children:</span> J. L. Wilcox Collection<span>Hattie Clair Woolsey Wilcox:</span> J. L. Wilcox Collection<span>Charles, Marcus, & Gerald:</span> Gerald Woolsey Collection<span>Juan Fernandez & Esther McLean:</span> Courtesy of Richard McLean<span>Mortimer Sams' Racecar:</span> Courtesy of Mort Sams
WOOLSEY, GEORGIAWoolsey, GeorgiaEarly 1950s Aerial View of Woolsey WOOLSEY, GEORGIAWoolsey School - Built in 1929PhotosPhotosWOOLSEY, GEORGIAThree Woolsey SistersHISTORY, STORIES, AND PEOPLEHISTORY, STORIES, AND PEOPLEWoolsey Centennial CelebrationWoolsey CentennialWoolsey Centennial DedicationI. G Woolsey DescendantsWoolsey, GAWoolsey, GAWoolsey, GAWOOLSEY, GEORGIAAncestorsWOOLSEY, GEORGIAWOOLSEY BANKWoolsey Old StoreI. G. and Arva WoolseyWOOLSEY, GEORGIAWinn Jackson in Store1942 WoolseyFrank & Steve Cole in front of Norton's GarageClemanza Lewis Matthews 1898Isaac Woolsey LewisAda Elizabeth Sams LewisAda Elizabeth Sams LewisMargarette J. Hubbard JonesCharles Reagan WoolseyStella Gay WoolseyMonroe Haynes and Zeph WoolseyH. Lambert, C.R. Woolsey, & J.L. WilcoxI. G. and Emeline Woolsey's ChildrenJuan Fernandez McLeanMary Roberts McLeanJohn M. and Juan Fernandez & McLean - 1906John Morgan and Lizzie McLeanJohn Morgan McLean HomeEsther, Ruth & Ralph McLean © 1914John M. McLean, Aaron & the mail wagon 1903John Morgan McLean & Old Lady © 1906Juan Fernandez, Alice & Miriam McLeanElla Mae Jones and Oliver McLeanArchibald G. PrestonMartha Emily PrestonWoolsey Gin and WarehouseLewis & MatthewsJ. I. and R. T. WoolseyJames Isaac WoolseyRobert Toombs WoolseyWoolsey Train DepotWoolsey RailroadLinnie, Bobby, & GladysBobby Jackson in WoolseyBefore Hwy 92Mortimer G. Sams in StoreInside StoreInside StoreRachel Powell Reeves Frank P. Reeves at his mother's graveWalter, Frank, and Robert ReevesReeves' Home in 1960 Grey, Rachel, and Frank ReevesKatie Amanda McLean RomerWoolsey School 1st grade 1933Thomas & Mattie McLeanRobert T. & Alice Woolsey ChildrenHattie Clair Woolsey WilcoxCharles, Marcus, & GeraldJuan Fernandez & Esther McLeanMortimer Sams' Racecar

"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

Woolsey, Georgia, incorporated in 1893, was named after I. G. Woolsey, a minister, doctor, farmer, landowner, and philanthropist. 

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. 


With people moving to the counties surrounding Atlanta, both Woolsey and Fayette County continue to grow. Today, Woolsey has 206 residents. The town’s motto is “Where Life is Slower and Simpler.” Woolsey, Georgia is the smallest town in Fayette County, one of the 28 Metro Atlanta counties.

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. 



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
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

July the Fourth, The Fayetteville News, July 07, 1922
Woolsey, GA The Atlanta Journal/The Atlanta Constitution June 6, 1993 

"Too-tiny church alive with spirit of Woolsey's heritage," AJC, April 11, 1996
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