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.