Friday, May 22, 2009

Fayette: Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum Receives Official Listing in the National Register of Historic Places

Last Saturday, a ceremony and official unveiling was held at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum in downtown Fayetteville to recognize their designation and listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Register is the nation’s list of historic buildings deemed worthy of preservation. The designation comes from the National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior and is administered at the state level by the Georgia State Historic Preservation Officer.

The registration process was a long time in the making; starting with a group of volunteers back in 1996. After exhaustive research and historical photos, plats, and biographical sketches were gathered, the application was submitted in 2005.

Finally, in April 2008, a letter arrived informing the City and Museum that the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House application was accepted and the property was officially listed on the National Register.

Only two other structures in Fayette County have received this designation: the original Fayette County Courthouse and the former Tandy King House that was located on Hwy 92S.

Adding to this special day, was the fact that descendants from all three, historic families attended the ceremony; a rare and historic occurrence of its own. After the ceremony, some of the descendants could be seen exchanging stories and histories of their ancestry.

The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum exhibits the history of Fayette County and its residents, including a wide range of Gone With the Wind artifacts on permanent display. It is open for tours, Thursday-Saturday, 10am – 6pm.
Photo: L - R: Debi Riddle, Museum Docent, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele, John Lynch, Museum Manager, and Al Hovey-King, Downtown Development Authority Chairman.

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