Joy Gallagher, daughter of Paul and Nelle Shasteen Quandt, was born in Franklin County, Tennessee and graduated from Franklin County High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the wife of Jim Gallagher of Winchester, and they are the parents of three children.
Joy’s love of history began in 1980 when she inherited a box of genealogy from an aunt. A long time member of the Franklin County Historical Society where she has served on the board of directors and as society historian, she was asked to be a member of the Winchester Historic Preservation Committee in 2002 by Winchester City Mayor Richard Stewart. She has served as chairman of that group from 2003 to present. The committee published a book about the historic homes in Winchester in 2005 and a 200-year-history of the businesses around the square in 2009. Residents and visitors alike continue to enjoy the historical plaques the committee worded for each business. Joy considers researching local history a most interesting and rewarding labor of love.