“Millie” at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm

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Artists From:  Dunwoody Preservation Trust and Dunwoody Fine Art Association

Piano Donor:  Dunwoody Preservation Trust

Location:  Donaldson-Bannister Farm

Find and play Millie in the breezeway near the barn.

The park closes at dusk.


Millie joins Bennett (at the Dunwoody Nature Center) as the second neighborhood piano in Dunwoody. Donated by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, artist members of both the Trust and the Dunwoody Fine Art Association collaborated on the design which highlights key features in the community.

“My initial vision of this project was to have non-profit organizations in Dunwoody work together for a community cause,” said Queenie Ross, chairperson of the public piano project. “At our first meeting, we had members of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the Dunwoody Fine Art Association and Play Me Again PIanos collaborate on design. Four months and many work hours later, we have not only created a unique work of art, but have become fast friends and created a treasure for our Dunwoody park, the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Our accomplishment is music to our ears!”

The piano was named for Martha (Millie) Adams Donaldson, who continued to run the Donaldson Farm for thirty years after her husband, William J. Donaldson, died in 1900. The farm was eventually sold at auction after her death. The piano named after her will live permanently at the barn on the property for everyone to play and enjoy.

Dunwoody Preservation Trust
DPT’s mission is to identify and save the historic resources and heritage of Dunwoody and to create opportunities for community members to interact with and understand the city’s history in order to bridge generations and strengthen the ties that bind the city together. For more information, visit www.DunwoodyPreservationTrust.org.

Dunwoody Fine Art Association
The DFAA is dedicated to the artistic advancement of its members who hope to encourage community participation in the fine arts, as well as to engage in charitable and educational activities within the area. For more information, visit www.DunwoodyFineArt.org.

Donaldson-Bannister Farm
Located at 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, the three acre property includes seven structures, one of which is an historic home whose construction began in 1868. Now a city park, the Donaldson-Bannister Farm is open year round from dawn to dusk for picnics, strolls, and free play in the open lawn. The Main House is accessible by appointment through the Dunwoody Preservation Trust or by event. For more information, visit www.DunwoodyPreservationTrust.org.

Millie's Birthdate: June 30th, 2019
Installation #21

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