Can’t get your kids off their iPhones? They stare at you blankly if you mention a game you used to play called checkers? You’ll soon have an opportunity to take them back in time for some old fashioned family fun at the second Preservation Celebration at the historic Donaldson-Bannister house and farm.

The home, built in 1870, is now a city park and will be open to the public for the second time in its history at the event hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. An earlier event was held in June and the DPT is once again welcoming all citizens to tour the house and grounds on Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon until 4:30 p.m.

Intended to raise community awareness about the house and farm, both the spring and fall events were funded with a $5,000 donation by City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser, her husband Brian and the Gendell Family Foundation. Bonser specifically requested the DPT to use the funds to open the house and farm to the public.

In addition to tours, there will be games and activities reminiscent of historic times for children and adults including checkers, corn hole and three legged races. Always popular, the event will once again feature a petting zoo. There will be music courtesy of a deejay, and you can enjoy food cooked on-site by a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scout troop 477.

The very successful cake auction also returns for this event. In addition to cakes, pies will also be auctioned. If you’d like to enter a cake or pie for the auction, please call (678) 641-1186 to register and for further details.

Admission to the event is free, as are most activities and all games. All proceeds will go directly to restoration and preservation of the property. The DPT invites you to bring a blanket or chairs to picnic on the grounds. Please do not bring coolers or pets.

Volunteers are needed for the event so if you can spare a few hours on that Sunday, please call Bonnie at (770) 671-0863. Volunteer parking will be on-site.

The house is located at the intersection of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Vermack Road. Handicap parking will be available on site with golf cart rides from the parking area to the house. General parking will be available on side streets surrounding the house and in the nearby Dunwoody Place North Condominium Association complex at Independence Square (corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Peeler Road). Parking will be discouraged along Vermack Road.

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