Milton Historical Society Newsletter

March 2019

Milton is blessed to have a multifaceted, yet little known, history. 
To fill that gap, Milton Historical Society was established in 2018 by a group of interested citizens with the enthusiastic support of the City of Milton.

Welcome to the Milton Historical Society Newsletter
Your thoughts?
The aim of the Milton Historical Society newsletter is to keep you informed of upcoming events and to provide information about the exciting history of the City of Milton and surrounding areas. We welcome your suggestions, letters to the editor, and short articles about local historical subjects of interest to you.

News Flash!!
Descendants of early Milton County settlers donate family records to the Milton Historical Society. The 36-document donation includes an 1836 land grant, with plat and seal.

Byron Foster and sister, Shirley Morgan, intend to ensure the safekeeping of their legacy documents while making them available to history lovers.

Watch this space for more details!
Our Mission Statement
The Mission of the Milton Historical Society is to be a thriving center for public understanding of our community’s past. We will collect, preserve, interpret, and promote our unique history to enrich the lives of current and future generations.

We will provide accurate biographical, architectural and other historical information using markers, public presentations, artifacts, photographs and documents. We will make our resources available to the general public and researchers in a variety of ways.
A Message from Bill Lusk, Milton Historical Society President
The Milton Historical Society, Inc.
Annual Report
Nearly one year ago, in April 2019, The Milton Historical Society was formed as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. It was the successor to the Milton Historical Marker Task Force, an informal group of Joan Borzilleri, Norman Broadwell, Bob Meyers, and then Milton City Councilman, Bill Lusk. The Task Force identified, researched and wrote the text for the 30 markers that identify historic buildings, sites, and crossroads that are seen throughout the City. 

The overwhelming interest in the markers urged the small group to form the Society with a nine-member Board of Directors. 
The following goals were set:
  • Collect, identify, and research artifacts, photos, books, and historic documents
  • Identify, research, and write text for future Historical Markers
  • Identify, research, and preserve cemeteries and tombstones in the City
  • Conduct and videotape interviews with local personalities associated with City history
  • Conduct regular public presentations on historical topics

The Society is open to members and sponsors at several levels. Additionally, members are invited to help in research and archival projects at its headquarters in the Crabapple Market at 12670 Crabapple Road, Suite 105, Milton, Georgia. Contact us at and
678-458-4208 for more information.
Become a Friend of Milton's History!
Your support as a Friend of the Milton Historical Society will assist in the efforts to secure equipment (office furnishings, hardware, and software), archiving materials, and all the start-up items needed to operate a successful organization devoted to historical pursuits.

To become a Friend:
Open our website and click on 2019 Friend Drive.

For information on Corporate Sponsorships:
Please contact Society President
Bill Lusk at 678.458.4208 or

"Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own."
Michelle Obama
Levels and Benefits

Individual: $30
  • Milton Historical Society Newsletter
  • Invitations to Friends-only tours and events
  • Access to the Society's archives in Crabapple
  • Volunteer opportunities for committees and special events

Family: $50
  • All individual benefits plus:
  • Society commemorative ornament
  • Two free books from the Milton Historical Society

Founding: $200
  • Names of Founding members will be displayed at Society events and at headquarters
  • Invitations to special events for Founder and one guest
  • Opportunities to participate in programs as a presenter or volunteer
  • One-year membership in the North AmericanReciprocal Museum Association (NARM). Free admission and discounts at 1,050 arts, cultural, and historical institutions throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Upcoming Programs
March 26, 2019

Historical Markers in the City of Milton - What do they represent?

Join us on March 26 at the Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, at 6:30 till 8:00 p.m.

Unincorporated Northwest Fulton County became the City of Milton on December 1, 2006. Although a new city, it brought with it nearly 200 years of written history. The 28 historical markers scattered throughout the City identify some of the many historic buildings, sites, people and events of our town. This presentation will inform the public as to the their significance and locations.

About our speaker Bill Lusk is a native of Pittsford, NY. He has been a life-long student of American and local history. In 2015 he published his 550 p. family history, “Lusks in America, The Connecticut Line – 1715-2015." He was a member of the Milton City Council from the beginning and served for 11 years. Bill is a Founding Member and current President of the Milton Historical Society.

April 23, 2019

Indian Trails and Pioneer Tales: 6,000 BC to 1800 AD

Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, 6:30 till 8:00 p.m.

Clarke Otten will speak on the various periods of development of Native Americans through the first recorded European explorer (DeSoto), then through the changing landscape of Colonial development, and the expansion of settlement into Georgia.

About our speaker: Clarke Otten is a native of Sandy Springs, Georgia. He has travelled widely, visiting 70 countries and all seven continents. He has had a lifetime interest in history and other cultures. He is a founder of the Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society and is a popular speaker on topics relevant to the North Fulton area. Clarke is working on a book of the comprehensive history of Sandy Springs, covering a time span of 8,000 years of history!

May 21, 2019

The 1930s - America's Paradoxical Decade

Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, 6:30 till 8:00 p.m.

Ron Grossman, MD, is a popular speaker on a number of historical and cultural subjects. His presentation at the Milton Library will be "The 1930s—America’s Paradoxical Decade." A look at the 30s which were the worst of times economically and the best of times in popular culture—music, design, literature, film and plays. 

About our speaker Dr. Grossman practiced Otolaryngology for 29 years. He obtained a master's degree in American Studies from Penn State - Harrisburg while maintaining his medical practice.
2019 Fall Programs
September 26th - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Learn
Fields Crossroads, a Milton Landmark
Speaker: Connie Mashburn

October 22 - 6:30 p.m.
Milton's Equestrian History:
Hobby, sport, and lifestyle with significant economic impact
Speaker: Jeff Dufresne
We love our Founding Members

Founding Members:
Ron Wallace 
Felton and Johnny Herbert
Jeff and Josephine Dufresne
Adam Orkin
Pat Miller
Dawn Reed
Amy Christiansen
Kathy and Philip Beck
Jessica Cheely
Joe and Heather Killingsworth
Mark Amick
Joan Borzilleri
James Farris 
Kim Gauger 
Bill Lusk
Connie Mashburn
Bob Meyers
Kevin Spear
Karen Thurman

Founding Members agree to pay a higher patron fee for two years to help the organization fund start-up costs. Founding Members will be recognized at all public events. Cost is $200 until the end of 2020 when fees will revert to regular annual fees of $30 for Individuals and $50 for families.
We welcome your Historic Photos
Do you have historic photos gathering dust in your attic or in albums hidden away? The Milton Historical Society would love to have them, either gifted original photos or on loan so we can scan them for our collection. We will provide you with proper documentation of your gift.

Do you recognize this distinguished gentleman?
Dr. Cicero Cincinnatus Maddox. The Maddox family was among Freemanville’s earliest settlers. He grew up in a large 2-story house at the northeast corner of the Freemanville and Birmingham Roads intersection. 

Photo provided by Brenda Pinkerton Clapp
This newsletter is a 100% volunteer project - written, produced, and distributed by volunteers from the Milton Historical Society
Milton Historical Society
12670 Crabapple Road, Suite 105, Milton, Georgia 30009