In this video I get a tour of the Wynne-Russell house in Lilburn, Georgia. This type of house would have been built by the average person on their homestead, and gives a glimpse into the life of a regular person making a living in that era. After falling into disrepair, the house was rescued and renovated.This is a story about the restoration work of many volunteers who continue to make it a place for the whole community to enjoy.
The history of Salem Missionary Baptist Church is entwined in the history of the American South. It started as a slave church in Lilburn, Georgia in the 1830s, where the community experienced slavery and racism that challenged its ability to grow and thrive. I spoke with Mr. Gregory Bailey, the church's historian and life-long member, who told the stories of the trials of the African American church members, who persevered through the struggles of decline and hardship to ultimately see their church thrive.