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 It is very hard to remember that events now long in the past were once in the future.

~ Maitland


Announcing New Website


We are in the process of building a new Website that will feature both the local historic information and resources of the Chattahoochee Hills Historical Society, AND the broader historic programs offered by the Chatt Hills History Club. Will will keep this site up until we've transitioned all of the historic documents over to the new one.


Welcome to the Chattahoochee Hills Historical Society, where our passion is preserving the past, connecting the present, and enriching the future for residents of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. We invite you to learn more about the history and heritage of our city, and to contribute your stories so that future generations may appreciate all that we cherish. Our historical society is inactive at this time, however we will keep the Website up and continue to assist with historical requests.

The Cottage Next Door

Cottage Next DoorMary Ann Richardson Grace's story is filled with fond remembrances of her childhood living on Hutcheson Ferry Rd and the Cottage Next Door, the home of her beloved Aunt Doll (Mittie Amelia Richardson) and Uncle Gordon (John Gordon Reeves).

Link to Story

Richardson Memorial Service - Nov. 25, 2012

The Richardson family men who served in the Confederacy were honored at a memorial service held at the family cemetery in Chatt Hills.

Family member Mary Ann Richardson Grace offers an intimate account of this pioneer family who was among the first settlers in the area that is now Chattahoochee Hills. Through her story we also come to understand the “Pride that rose in their loins” to defend the dictates of what the South would call “The Cause” and history would name “The Civil War.”

Link to Story
Click on photo at right to access photo album.
Richardson Memorial Service

The Story of the Civil War in Chatt Hills and Surrounding Areas

There were several raids in and around the Chattahoochee Hills areas before the Union occupation of Atlanta on September 2, 1864. Read about these accounts and more in the story written by resident James Robinson and submitted October 13, 2011. Link to Story.


Dot and T.E. Stephens - Oral History

Dot and T.E. StephensDot and T.E. Stephens are long-time residents in the Rico Community. Dot was born in 1923 and moved to Rico in 1941. T.E. was born in 1921 and was raised on a farm in Rico. They became life-long sweethearts at a Cake Walk community social and were active in the Rico Civics Club for many years.

Listen to a snippet of the Oral Interview where the couple talks having fun as young adults in the Rico Community. And visit their Oral History page for the interview, audio, and photos from the project.


 Journal Collection

See the Civil War Journal of Alfred Jefferson Smith and the personal Journals of Dora Minerva Smith on in our new Journals Collection. 


Heritage Presentation Celebrates the Rico Community

TurtleThe Chattahoochee Hills Historical Society coordinated a presentation on the history of the Rico Community on Oct. 17, 2009, in the second of their series, Once Upon a Time: There were Towns.

Residents displayed many artifacts including historic farming tools, baskets, pottery and other items used around the home many years ago.

During the program, historic photos where shown that illustrated day-to-day life in the Rico Community. Residents were asked to comment and share their stories about these photos.

Several guest speakers also shared their experience growing up in the area, including Rev. Tom Gullatt and Judy Smith,

See Photo Album.

From Monticello to the Hill Country
The story of Solomon & Edith Jefferson
Freed slaves of President Jefferson

Jefferson FamilySolomon and Edith Jefferson came from Charlotte, North Carolina in a wagon train to Atlanta in late 1866 looking for work. They stayed in Atlanta two days before they met Capt. Levi Ballard, who brought them to Palmetto to live and work for him.

Read the report about this family, now into their fourth generation, and view their photo album that takes you from early days at Captain Levi Ballard's plantation to the family display at the 2088 Chattahoochee Hills Birthday Bash.

Report - Photo Album


Heritage Presentation Celebrates Goodes Community

Maria Hanson displays Goodes Map

The Chattahoochee Hills Historical Society kicked-off its 2009 program on March 14 with a presentation on the Goodes Community.

Resident graphic artist Maria Hanson drew a historic map of Goodes based on an interviewed with Charles Jackson. Hanson lives on the historic property that once housed the Goodes Country Store, Post Office, Grist Mill, and Black Smith Shop. 

Thirty-five residents attended the program hosted by the Chattahoochee Hills Historical Society and the Serenbe Heritage Committee.

Guest speakers included Sandra Huffmaster, chair of the CH Historical Society; Sara Ann Alford, Janice Peek,
Rev. Tom Gullatt, and Carole Harper.

Tom and Vera Gullatt - Oral History

tom and vera gullattTom and Vera Gullatt have deep roots in our community. Tom was born in 1920 to a farm family in Rico; Vera grew up in nearby Fairburn. They led separate lives as missionaries in Japan -- he for 35 years, she for 43 years -- before fate brought them together in their golden years. 

Listen to a snippet of the Oral Interview where Tom talks about growing up on a farm in Rico. And visit the Oral History page on the Gullantt's for their interview, audio, and photos.

Willie Guy RaineyWillie Guy Rainey - Local Musician and Icon

Willie Guy Rainey was a blues musician from the Rico Community (in Chattahoochee Hills) who became a popular performing artist in the Atlanta area in the 1970's.

Read about "Scoot" Rainey, as the residents of Rico called him, on our Music Collection page.