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GRAYSON ARTS AND HISTORY CENTER
The Grayson Arts and History Center is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Grayson as well as enhancing the image of the City of Grayson through the promotion of local Grayson Arts and History. Through its Center at the historic Kennerly-Cox House, adjacent to the City of Grayson Park and City Hall, it promotes the collection and display of Grayson memorabilia pertaining to Grayson's history as well as being an outlet and showcase for local artists of the community. The Grayson Arts and History Center also operates a gift shop with local arts and crafts as well as seasonal merchandise for the public to purchase. The Grayson Arts and History Center hosts cultural events during the year as well as sponsoring classes for the arts. The Grayson Arts and History Center hosts tours and provides information for the community as well as area schools. The Grayson Arts and History Center is also the home of the Grayson Historic Preservation Society formed by interested local citizens for the purpose of preserving Grayson's history and historic sites.
The Arts and History Center, 2070 Rosebud Road
The History Center started in 2001 when the City purchased the Kennerly-Cox House. Some renovations to the home were completed and the artifacts of Grayson's History were relocated there. Since then the History Center not only houses Grayson's history, but helps to bring an awareness to the citizens of our traditions, both old and new. The Center and Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-2 and an Open House and sale is held the 2nd Saturday of every month. The Gift Shop is fully stocked with homemade jams and jellies, collectibles, novelties and our Limited Edition Grayson Christmas ornament and notecards. If you wish to be added to the mailing list for the Arts & History Center, please call 678-985-7775. The Center is available for special events such as weddings on the grounds or in the gazebo. Please call for more information.
The Grayson Cookbook
The new "From Trip to Grayson" cookbook is now available. The cookbook has a historical theme and tried and true recipes. This cookbook has just been featured in the April issue of the Georgia Magazine and makes a great gift and is priced at $20.00. If you wish to have it mailed, please add an additional $3.00 for l book and $2.00 for each additional boook to be mailed. If you are interested in purchasing the Grayson Cookbook, please contact:
Grayson Arts and History Center
Grayson Historic Preservation Society
The Grayson Arts & History Center noticed early on the need for a club or society to organize citizens in the quest for area history and historic preservation. The Grayson Historic Preservation Society was formed to work on the collection of artifacts and references from Grayson's past. Membership in the Grayson Historic Preservation Society is not limited to natives of Grayson or Gwinnett County. All citizens with an interest in local and area history are encouraged to become members. Steven Starling, City Historian, plans to hold meetings once each quarter with speakers and displays of local interest. We have a rich history in our area and we maintain through the Grayson Historic Preservation Society and the Grayson Arts & History Center to collect and preserve our history and look forward to future growth. Members may also volunteer to work in the Grayson Arts & History Center - with that being the headquarters of our society. If you are interested in helping preserve the history of Grayson, please join our Grayson Historic Preservation Society. The cost is $25.00 per family annually and all proceeds will go to preserve and purchase the history of Grayson. One of the community preservation projects the Grayson Historic Preservation Society has proposed to take on is the cleaning, marking, and fencing around one of Grayson's oldest family cemeteries, the Billue Family Cemetary. The Billue Family was one of the first to arrive in the Grayson area and it was part of their land that James P. McConnell purchased 80 acres from his uncle, Stephen Billue, to create the town of Trip, later Grayson.
The Grayson Arts and History Center is available for special events such as weddings around the grounds or in the gazebo. Call 678-985-7775 for more information.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
The Grayson Arts & History Center is hosting the 6th Annual Christmas in July on Saturday July 27 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is a free summer event! On hot sultry days of summer we will be offering cool ideas for Christmas decorating, and an early preview of new items for the holiday season. There will be lots of new merchandise for sale.
Refreshments from the Historical Cookbook "From Trip to Grayson" will be offered as you enjoy music of the season.
For more information call Barbara at 678-985-7775. The Grayson Arts & History Center is located at 2070 Rosebud Road.
Farmers Market each Wednesday from 4 pm until 8 pm (June -August) on the grounds behind the Arts & History Center.
Click the link to watch a slide show of the Old-Fashioned Fall Festival: