Better Hometown held a historical art coloring contest for the Johnson County Elementary School Kindergarten classes. The contest was to draw attention to Wrightsville’s historic buildings and to educate the children about buildings’ importance to our past and to our future. The project was coordinated with Principal Rebecca Thomas, who introduced the contest to the kindergarten students. All of the art work will be displayed in a scrap book inside the courthouse. Everyone is encouraged to come and see what a talented group of kindergarteners JohnsonCounty has.
First Place Winner was Nicholas Jackson, Second Place Winner was Josey Scott, and Third Place Winner was Gracie Foskey. All three students are in Ms. Deborah Durden’s class.
Better Hometown provided great Dairy Queen Prizes for the winners. We would like to thank Principal Rebecca Thomas for her support, the kindergarten teachers, and all the students who colored historic buildings for the contest. We feel like they are all winners!
A membership drive is underway for the Johnson County Historical Society. The dues are as follows: Single Membership, $10; Family Membership, $25; Child Membership, $5; Business Membership, $50. The historical society is in the process of remodeling the Grice House to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce offices. This will enable the historical society to house a museum at the Grice House and have someone available to operate it. All membership donations are tax deductible and should be mailed to P.O. Box 87, Wrightsville, GA 31096.
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The Johnson County Historical Society’s 150th Anniversary Souvenir Books have finally arrived! Copies may be purchased at The Johnson Journal or The Chamber of Commerce office. Get your piece of history today for only $25. Call 864-7200 or 864-0007 to reserve yours!
The Johnson County Historical Society is proud to offer its first commemorative coin celebrating the 150th birthday of Johnson County in 2008. This beautiful coin in antiqued brushed brass will be a keepsake for your children and grandchildren. Only 1500 of these “first series” coins will be minted and after this the die will be destroyed. This first series means the historical society is leaving options open for future coins commemorating Johnson County in hopes of having a set of commemorative coins. Coin-photosgives an idea of how the coin looks. This first series coin features the county seal on the front side and the reverse side displays the Wrightsville and Tennille # 40 engine with the W & T Water tank in the background. In 150 years as a county the W & T Railroad has been the single biggest asset advancing economic growth in Wrightsville and Johnson County. That growth lasted until the great depression. To purchase the coins at a cost of $21.34 (this includes sales tax), order from Kreative Kreations at 478-864-8640, through Donald Smith at 478-232-5913 or contact the historical society at firstname.lastname@example.org/ Coins may also be ordered, payable to Johnson County Historical Society, P.O. Box 87, Wrightsville, Ga. 31096.
The Johnson County Historical Society has finished its roof project. A new roof, with 30 year architectural shingles was put in place by David Horton Construction of Eatonton. The work was paid for with a matching grant from the Historic Preservation Division. Many thanks to all the businesses, elected officials and individuals who contributed to the completion of phase one of the Grice House Restoration Project. We ask for your continued support as we enter phase two of the project which is to repaint the exterior and replace the window shutters that have long since disappeared. There are many ways you can help. Become a member, make a tax deductible donation, or buy merchandise. Memberships: Individual, $10; Family, $25; Corporate, $50; Pictorial History of Johnson County, $20.13; Searching For Our Ancestors cemetery book, $45; 1860 census, $10; 1880 census, $15; William Henry Heath Family, $10; The George Smith Family, $45; Johnson County Church Histories, $12; Cookbook, $10; Car Tags, $8; 1979 Johnson County Football State Championship Game DVD, $20; 1958 Johnson County Centennial DVD, $20; Veterans service board names, $5. The DVDs may be purchased at Kreative Kreations. The other merchandise is available for purchase at Sumner Pharmacy, the Johnson Journal or Harlie Fulford Memorial Library. We are also accepting anything of historic significance for our museum. If you have something you think we might be interested in, please contact Donald Smith, 478-232-5913 or email the historical society at email@example.com/
Donations may be mailed to Post Office Box 87, Wrightsville, GA 31096.