The property belonged to Ruth Wills and her parents before her. Wills was a lifelong resident of Alpharetta and was both a teacher and a principal.
Her son, Col. Jack Peevy, grew up in Alpharetta and contacted the historical society to donate his mother’s property. The land was owned by the family for 95 years and now it will be a landmark for the Alpharetta Historical Society.
Nan Harman-Dempsey, president of the historical society, said, “On behalf of the Alpharetta Historical Society, I would like to thank Jack for his most generous donation to our Society. By placing his trust in us to protect and preserve this special house — a part of which dates back to the Civil War era — he honored us beyond belief.
“In 1918, it became the home of his grandparents, Oma and Bascom Spence, whose ancestors lived in the area back in the 1840s, and who were, themselves, hard-working Christian people.
“In 1954, it became the home of his mother, Ruth Spence Peevy Wills, a long-time school teacher and Hopewell School’s last principal, until her death in 2007.
“Jack has protected and preserved this house since then and entrusted it to us eight months ago, for which we will remain indebted to him.”
For more information on becoming a member of the historical society, contact Harman-Dempsey at (770) 475-9995 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.