The City of Fayetteville historian, John Lynch acts as house manager for the museum. He and his family have been fixtures in Fayetteville for more than 55 years. His ancestors settled in Fayetteville more than 175 years ago. He has authored a book entitled “The Dorman-Marshbourne Letters with Brief Accounts of the 10th and 53rd Georgia Regiments, “CSA, which recounts his family’s experiences during the Civil War. He has been a long-standing member of the Fayette County Historical Society.
The City of Fayetteville rescued the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House in the summer of 1999, by purchasing it and turning it over to the Downtown Development Authority. With the help of a private donation, a second renovation was performed on the house and the first museum in Fayetteville was opened in May 2003.
The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum is a cooperative project of the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority and Fayetteville Main Street Program. For the past three years Brian Wismer has worked as the Main Street program manager for the City of Fayetteville.
Fayetteville received its designation as a Main Street City in 1996. Since that time, the downtown square has undergone a transformation process restoring the city’s historic streetscape while welcoming a variety of new businesses. The vision of Main Street is to re-establish the downtown area as the historical and cultural center of the county by creating a vibrant, thriving destination where culture, history, and commerce co-exist. The historical preservation and renovation of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House into Fayetteville’s first museum is an example of Main Street’s efforts to bring culture to the community.