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The River Line Historic Area embraces historic and natural resources West of the Chattahoochee River to unite the community as a place of distinction linking Vinings, Smyrna, and Mableton, Georgia

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The River Line Historic Area, Inc.

Board of Directors

501c3 IRS approved nonprofit


Roberta Cook

RLHA Founder, Board Member, Executive Director


Contact Roberta

 Roberta is a land conservation and historic preservation activist who conceived the River Line Historic Area in the year 2000 to balance a development boom in SE Cobb County. The historic area progressed from concept to a working Master Plan with assistance from neighbors, government, land developers, the RLHA Master Plan stakeholders, the Georgia Battlefields Assn., the Georgia Civil War Commission, the Sierra Club, a variety of interested parties, and particularly the Mableton Improvement Coalition, Inc., a volunteer civic association working to improve and protect Mableton, Georgia.


Harold Smith 

RLHA Board Member, Vice President

Contact Harold

Harold Smith, a Smyrna area native, once served the City of Smyrna as Mayor and pledged a life long volunteer commitment as Director of the Smyrna Museum.  Along with exercising his musical talents, church activity, and senior group, he supports The River Line Historic Area within the fabric of Smyrna.


Michael Jones

RLHA Board Member

Michael K. Jones, a Mableton area native and U.S. Navy veteran, currently serves as Cobb District 4 Cemetery Commissioner, which geographically includes half of the River Line Historic Area.  An amateur local historian and Civil War enthusiast, Mike splits his free time volunteering at the Smyrna Museum and talking to the world via "Ham Radio".  He is very interested in preserving South Cobb Area historical sites for future generations.


Michael Jones

RLHA Board Member


Contact Mike

Michael Jones is CEO of H&H Insurance Services, Brokers and Consultants.  He lives on Buckner Road and is patriarch of the Buckner family, who has occupied the respective area for multiple generations.  Mike appreciates the rural feel of the community and participates in The River Line Historic Area to support conservation, neighborhood green space, and preserve community historic resources. 


Stephen Morrison, Jr.

RLHA Board Member, President 


Contact Steve

 Steve Morrison, Jr. is the principal attorney of The Morrison Law Firm, LLC.  His family once lived in Johnston's Crossing, a subdivision within The River Line Historic Area, before moving to East Cobb. Civil War history is a key interest with special appreciation for Johnston's River Line.


Mark Cearfoss

RLHA Board Member, Treasurer


Contact Mark

Mark Cearfoss leads the restoration of the Turner-Sewell and First St. John's Baptist Church Cemeteries adopted by The River Line Historic Area, Inc. His research has identified many of the unknowns buried at St. John's and created a Find-A-Grave site for both cemeteries.
Visit The River Line Historic Area Cemeteries web page for more information.  If you have information regarding any of the cemeteries in the RLHA, contact Mark.


Wayne Waldrip

RLHA Board Member


Contact Wayne

Wayne Waldrip is a retired Smyrna resident whose interests align with the RLHA mission of preserving historic and natural resources. He is a former member of the Ft. Daniel Foundation Board of Directors, which embraces the War of 1812 Standing Peachtree Fort, an area of historic significance on the Chattahoochee River at Atlanta Road, once known as an Indian Village and trading center.  He currently serves on the Groundwork Atlanta Board of Directors, which is implementing the 100 acre Riverwalk Atlanta plan in Riverside.  Wayne is responsible for the RLHA's Neighborhood Water Watch Program and is advocating for the Silver Comet Trail connection to Atlanta’s BeltLine through the Connect the Comet group.


Barry Brown

RLHA Board Member, Secretary



Contact Barry

Barry Brown held the position of Heritage Tourism Specialist with the Georgia Department of Economic Development for 10 years.  He received his M.A. in Heritage Preservation and B.A. in History from Georgia State University.  During Mr. Brown's 6 years with the Georgic Civil War Commission, he supported the evolving River Line Historic Area with preservation efforts of Cobb County's Johnston's River Line and other projects such as:  Cobb County's Wallis House, Gordon County's Resaca Battlefield acquisition and Fulton County's Cascade/Lionel Hampton Park acquisition.  Mr. Brown is the co-author of the recently published Crossroads of Conflict:  A Guide to Civil War Sites.

Michael K. Shaffer

Civil War Historian-Lecturer & RLHA Consultant


Contact Michael

Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, newspaper columnist, lecturer, 

instructor and author of Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War

His memberships include the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the

Western Theater, and the Georgia Association of Historians.

He serves The River Line Historic Area  and The Friends of Camp McDonald as a Civil War consultant.  Michael holds a BA and MA degrees in Military History and currently teaches Civil War courses at Kennesaw State University's 

College of Continuing and Professional Education.

Neighborhood Ambassadors

keep their community informed of River Line Historic Area activities and more....






Alyssia & Branson Wright


Vinings Cove




 Contact Mike Hein 





River Line Historic Area
The selective use of The River Line Historic Area logo is designed to raise awareness with local residents and visitors of this unique area. 
One can view the logo on street signs in several local Neighborhoods.  



River Line Historic Area




  • Provide representation for the RLHA
  • Provide stewardship and  distribution of the RHLA logo
  • Holder of the RLHA Master Plan 
  • Maintain a web site presence for the RLHA 
  • Provide support for stakeholders furthering the RLHA mission 
  • A central collection point for RLHA historical research 
  • A unifying organization for the Johnston's Chattahoochee River Line Civil War earthworks and the natural and historical resources within the RLHA's boundaries.