Griffin-Spalding Historical Society History
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.
The first headquarters of the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society was located in the Lewis Mills House at 406 North Hill Street. The Greek Revival house, built c. 1852 by the Reverend Obediah Gibson, was bought by William Hammond and his Mother, Mrs. Emily Lewis in 1853. During the Civil War it served as a Confederate Hospital. John and Lavonia Mills owned the home from 1901 to 1936. When the Society bought it in 1970 for $25,000 it had been divided into four apartments and was in complete disrepair. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and has been the law offices of Galloway & Lyndell, LLP since 2002.
In August 1987 the Society moved its headquarters to the Bailey Tebault House at 633 Meriwether Street.
The Mary Smalley Garden at the rear of the home was established by The Garden Club of Griffin in her memory.
The Lewis Mills House, now the offices of Galloway & Lyndell, was the original headquarters of the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society.