Lilburn Living - July 2019

Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn and Mountain Park Volume 29, No. 7 • JULY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Improved Lilburn City Park is a Ton of Fun He’s been called the ‘unofficial mayor’ of Lilburn but says he’s not that interested in politics. History is his pas- sion and when people stop by city hall looking for information on the city’s past they are often sent his way. “I like histo- ry. I always have.” Said Hugh Wilkerson who owns and operates Antiques in Old Town with his wife Rowan. Hugh’s father James Wilkerson bought the 2-story brick building at 93 Main Street in 1967 from the son of Dr. C.A. Kelly, who had it built in 1910. Dr. Kelly practiced medicine from one of three rooms on the second floor. The two other rooms contained a town meeting space and barber shop. The ground level was occupied by Alford’s General Store. The building survived a 1920 fire that heavily damaged the row of commercial buildings along Main Street that includ- ed the Bank of Lilburn, a post office and grocery. Wilkerson said you can still see the black marks where flames came through his windows upstairs. Wilk- erson’s parents used the building for a warehouse and various retail operations. In 1994 they started an antique shop and hired Rowan to operate it. That’s how Hugh and Rowan met. Lilburn’s “Unofficial Mayor” has Passion for City’s History Continued on page 6 Hugh and Rowan Wilkerson Continued on page 9 You’ve got to hand it to Lilburn— when the city finds out what the citizens want, it goes out in a determined way to make good things happen. In a citizen survey back in 2015 more than half of those who were reached let it be known they would like an expanded and improved city park. A detailed plan to finance and construct an enlarged and more engaging park emerged that has practically made it reimagined and brand new again. So it was that on this past Saturday April 13 at 10:00 am there was a formal ribbon-cutting at Lilburn City Park at 76 Main Street. It has become a case of “Ask and you shall receive” for Lilburn and its citizens. Kids are loving the new play equipment at the park and parents are glad to take their children there.