The beginnings of Autrey Mill date to a 1988 grassroots effort by community advocates to save the woodlands from development, prevent the loss of the old mill site, and halt the demolition of historic buildings situated on the property. In 1989 the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association, Inc. was formed as a non-profit organization to protect and improve the preserve.
In 1993 the non-profit Association entered into a lease with Fulton County to operate the preserve. In 2007 with the creation of a new city, the lease transferred to the City of Johns Creek with the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association, Inc. maintaining its original role.
The beautiful Autrey Mill of today was built over a 20-year period under the leadership of the non-profit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association Board and its talented staff, with the vital help of generous public and private supporters, and by harnessing the indispensable work of volunteers.September 2008 marked 20 years of Autrey Mill. We celebrated the beautiful, vibrant place that Autrey Mill has become and the large community of dedicated people who have made it possible.