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Debut Screening of Saving Farm House Scheduled for August 15

Released August 06, 2019 03:33 PM

Documentary Short Film Recounts Story Of Alpharetta’s Beginnings 

WHAT:      Saving Farm House Documentary Screening with Directors’ Q&A
WHEN:      Thursday, August 15; 6pm 
WHERE:     Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza; Community Room

The City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta & Old Milton County Historical Society present Saving Farm House, a documentary short film which tells the story of Alpharetta’s original settlement and shares the hope of saving the site for future generations.

A free film screening of Saving Farm House will take place on Thursday, August 15, at 6pm at Alpharetta City Hall’s Community Room followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors and local historians.  Attendees are encouraged to stay until 7pm for Alpharetta & Old Milton County Historical Society’s monthly program to continue learning about “The Future History of Alpharetta” presented by Kathi Cook, City of Alpharetta’s Community Development Director and Morgan Rodgers, Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Services Director.

Saving Farm House takes a deeper look at the town of Farm House, circa 1830s. This thriving community, which is located along modern day State Route 400 and Old Milton Parkway, was complete with a post office, gristmill, sawmill, and cotton gin. Even though Alpharetta became the county seat in 1858, Farm House and its businesses operated into the early 1900s.  The settlement was located along a historical trade crossroad that connected multiple communities in all four directions.

Historians William S. (Billy) Bates, Connie Mashburn and Pat Miller of the Alpharetta & Old Milton County Historical Society have gathered and shared years of research in the documentary. Of the site, local historian Billy Bates said, “School children and young people used to come over here in the 1950’s and play in the river and they called it slick rock.” The property has a stream that gently flows over large smooth rocks and through remnants of the original 1830s gristmill dam. 

“It’s our community’s starting point and not many communities can save their original settlement,” said Donald Mitchell, City of Alpharetta Council Member and Mayor pro tem. “We hope to make this into a historic park for the community.” The documentary film was directed by Mark Maloney and written by Mike Buchanan, both of whom will be present at the screening. 

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