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Visit the Vinings Historic Preservation Society (VHPS) properties and learn about local history. Volunteer or become a member and help preserve the historic spirit and structures of Vinings. Encourage your Boy Scout to complete his Eagle Scout Project at one of the VHPS historic properties. Have an upcoming event? The Pace House (on the National Register) and The Old Pavilion provide versatile entertainment venues appropriate for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, business events, and holiday parties.

VHPS owns and manages three historic buildings in the center of Vinings. These properties are located on Paces Ferry and Paces Mill Road. In addition to serving as the Society’s offices, these historic buildings serve as a draw for visitors, historians and those who are planning unique events.

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The properties are rich with history. The Pace House sits on the site of the original 17-room Hardy Pace House built in 1838. Sherman planned his attack on Atlanta in 1864 from this house and then burned it. After the war, Solomon Pace rebuilt a smaller home on the property using materials found on the site, including the previous home’s original stairs.

Paces Construction has partnered with VHPS over the years as a corporate member and as a resource for historic renovations. The company has also extended its commitment to the Society going far beyond simple sponsorship. Paces Partner John Beach serves on its board and manages volunteer projects, including those of Eagle Scout candidates.

Paces Partner Richard Everett’s son, Richie, completed his Eagle Scout Project for these historic sites. Working with John Beach and the VHPS Executive Director, Richie designed, built and donated a new octagonal, 360-degree tree bench, which surrounds the century-old magnolia tree, a focal point in the front yard of the Paces Mill Road properties.

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Please join us in congratulating Richie on his bench and becoming an Eagle Scout. Richie will be a freshman at UGA this fall, and those who know his father, will appreciate the meticulous work Richie put into his Eagle Project. His work will be seen for years to come, as his bench has become a very popular spot for wedding photos!

The Vinings Historic Preservation Society is always looking for new members, supporters and Eagle Scout candidates seeking a beneficiary and a project concept. Executive Director Gillian Greer welcomes all who are interested to stop in, introduce themselves and admire Richie’s bench. Or, drop in now at: vinings.org.