The Griffin-Spalding Historical Society, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, was founded as the Griffin Historical and Preservation Society in 1969 by Seaton Grantland Barnes, John Henry “Jake” Cheatham, Jr., and John Hunter Goddard, Jr. They envisioned an organization which would acquaint local residents with the history of the City of Griffin and Spalding County and inspire the community of the need for and desirability of preserving local historical and interesting residences, places, and sites which were still in existence.

Currently, the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society holds annual events and meetings to promote the history of Griffin and Spalding County, and to raise funds to preserve its historic places.  Fundraising events include an annual Kentucky Derby Party and fall Football Tailgate, as well as the black tie Christmas Party at the Bailey-Tebault House that ushers in the Griffin Christmas season.  Quarterly historical luncheons feature guest authors and preservationists, and some members also choose to participate in community workdays to restore local historic buildings.  Events are hosted for children of members as well, such as PJs with Santa, in addition to the opportunity for daughters in grades 10- 12 to join Junior Guild.


Ms. Jewel Walker Harps, president of Griffin’s NAACP chapter, speaks to GSHS members about the importance of preserving Griffin’s Rosenwald School.

Recent Griffin-Spalding Historical Society community projects include:

  • 2015 stabilization of Griffin’s second hospital located on Meriwether Street, commonly referred to as the “Haisten’s Building”  
  • Hosted a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Ramble, which brought over 300 preservation minded people from across the state to Griffin to tour historic buildings and homes
  • Placement of Griffin’s historic City Hall and Haisten’s Building on the GA Trust’s Places in Peril List
  • Successful lobbying of SPLOST projects that promote historical preservation- Restoration of historic City Hall and Griffin’s Rosenwald School (known as the Fairmont School)
  • Partnership with GLO Atlanta, City of Griffin, GA Trust, GA Tourism Department, and GA Arts Council to bring The Traveling Show, a week-long artist residency that highlighted Griffin’s historic buildings in need