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Historic Preservation Commission

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About the Historic Preservation Commission

The first major step taken by Cobb County toward protecting its past was the passage of a countywide historic preservation ordinance in 1984. This ordinance was the first of its kind in Georgia. The ordinance established the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission. Read the Cobb County Historic Preservation Ordinance.

The Preservation Commission is made up of five county residents who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Members of the Preservation Commission possess interest and knowledge that qualify them to recommend specific buildings, districts, sites, structures or works of art to receive historical designation. They make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

Commission Members

Bev. Jackson – Appointed by Chairwoman Lisa Cupid (At-Large)

Bio Coming Soon

Abbie Parks – Appointed by Commissioner Keli Gambrill (District 1)

As an advocate for community service and involvement, Abbie has assumed leadership positions in the small town environment of Acworth with her primary focus in historic preservation and regionally responsible development and growth. She was honored as Acworth Citizen of the Year in 2002.

Active with Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, Inc., Abbie serves as chair of the Board of Trustees and is editor of The Landmarker, the Society’s bi-monthly newsletter. She also docents at the Society's house museum, the Root House, and often can be found there cooking on the home's 1850s wood stove.

Abbie serves as Chairman of Cobb County’s Historic Preservation Commission and Advisory Committee for Kennesaw State University’s Center for Regional History and Culture. With an avid interest in architecture, Abbie is a member of Vernacular Georgia and has served on its Board of Directors and as editor of their newsletter, The Monitor. Heritage tourism piqued her interest several years ago and Abbie chairs the Acworth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has also co-authored two local pictorial essays on regional history.

Abbie works as a community education advocate with her volunteer educational efforts including being a founding member of the Acworth Elementary Mentoring Program; liaison for North Cobb High School Local Area Studies Advancement Program for eight years; and Program Coordinator for The Georgia Trust’s Talking Walls Program for Cobb County.

She and her husband, Boyd, restored the 1879 vernacular Victorian home of James and Emma Alice McMillan on Main Street in 1995.

Sharman Southall – Appointed by Commissioner Jerica Richardson (District 2)

Bio Coming Soon.

Rose Wing – Appointed by Commissioner JoAnn K. Birrell (District 3)

Rose Wing is a native of Cobb County and has served as Vice Chair of the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission since 2013.  She has a deep, abiding love for history – having earned a BA degree in History, as well as a Juris Doctor degree. She is a longtime member of Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. Her service to that organization includes two terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Rose is a retired Cobb County Assistant District Attorney and is now in private practice in Marietta. She is active in the Cobb County community and serves on Boards relating to historic preservation, education, children’s issues, and community concerns. She serves as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. Her hobbies include traveling and playing with her Border Collie, Charlie.

Geraldine (Gerri) Aldridge – Appointed by Monique Sheffield (District 4)

Geraldine (Gerri) Aldridge is an educator, entrepreneur, motivator and mentor to children and adults! She has worked in several counties in Georgia, including Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, as well as Atlanta Public Schools. After receiving BA and Med degrees from Temple University, she continued her education in Georgia by receiving another Med in Special Education from University of West Georgia in 2011. Gerri is also certified to teach English as a second language (ESOL). She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, a member of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Gerri discovered her passion for mentoring others to succeed while working at IBM in Atlanta in the mid 80’s as an administrative assistant. She was given the opportunity to speak to small and large groups of people on how to market themselves in the work force. This was a time when several hundred employees were furloughed from IBM. After leaving IBM in 1994, Gerri decided to re-enter the educational field. As a result, she continues to teach, develop and motivate leaders. She is currently collaborating with a friend on several motivational speaking opportunities!

Gerri enjoys gardening, reading, creative writing and cooking great food for friends and family. For the past two years, Gerri supports the arts by volunteering at the Cobb Energy Center (CEPAC), the Rialto Theater and the Alliance Theater as an usher. In her community, she has volunteered as a child advocate (CASA) Cobb County Juvenile Court and as a Director, Community Involvement, Griffin Middle School in Cobb County. She is currently the Volunteer Coordinator of the Riverline Historic Area Preservation Committee in Cobb County and a member of the American Alliance of Museums. Gerri was recently appointed to the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission as a member representing District 4 by Commissioner Lisa Cupid. She resides in Cobb County with her husband, Michael. Gerri can be reached on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Preservation Commission Meeting Dates


The HPC public hearing meetings are held virtually via WebEx. Click here to register to speak at the May 2021 HPC meeting.

All Historic Preservation Commission work sessions and public hearings are open to the public and begin at 6:00 pm.

Meetings follow the Roberts Rules of Order and are recorded when possible.  Please call ahead if special hearing/physical accommodations are required.

County Preservation Planner:  770-528-2010

2021 Meeting Information

Date, 2021 Meeting Type Agenda/Minutes Link Meeting Recording Link 
January 11 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED  
February 8 Work Session/Public Hearing Minutes Watch Meeting
March 8 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED  
April 12 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED  
May 10 Work Session/Public Hearing Minutes Watch Meeting
June 14 Work Session/Public Hearing    
July 12 Work Session/Public Hearing    
August 9 Work Session/Public Hearing    
September 13 Work Session/Public Hearing    
October 11 Work Session/Public Hearing    
November 8 Work Session/Public Hearing    
December 13 Work Session/Public Hearing

*Date rescheduled due to holiday

** September 14, 2020  Meeting Playback: Click Here to Watch the Meeting

** October 12, 2020 Meeting Playback: Click Here to Watch the Meeting

** December 14, 2020  Meeting Playback: Click Here to Watch the Meeting


2020 Meeting Information

Date, 2020 Meeting Type Agenda/Minutes Link
November 12, 2019* Work Session/Public Hearing Nov 2019 Agenda
December 9, 2019 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
January 13 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
February 10 Work Session/Public Hearing Feb 2020 Agenda
March 9 Work Session/Public Hearing Mar 2020 Minutes
April 13 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
May 11 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
June 8 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
July 13 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
August 10 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
September 14 Work Session/Public Hearing Sept 2020 Minutes**see below
October 12 Work Session/Public Hearing Oct 2020 Minutes ** see below
November 9 Work Session/Public Hearing CANCELLED
December 14** Work Session/Public Hearing Dec 2020 Minutes ** see below