Monday, September 7, 2009

History Blog by the Georgia Trust

I was cleaning out old emails and came across one I'd overlooked from the Georgia Trust (http://www.georgiatrust.org/). They sent an email to let us know they had a new blog back in June: http://thegeorgiatrust.blogspot.com//.

I used to work right across the street from Rhodes Hall. Unfortunately I never took the time to visit. I'm going to take a trip down there one day and wander around. If you've ever driven down Peachtree Street I'm sure you've noticed the "castle" and wondered about it. Go visit their website to find out a bit about its history.

Here's a bit about the Georgia Trust, hope you'll check them out AND go sign up for their blog updates (after you sign up for ours ;-)

The Mission of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is to promote an appreciation of Georgia's diverse historic resources and provide for their protection and use to preserve, enhance and revitalize Georgia's communities.

The Vision of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is for Georgians to understand and appreciate the irreplaceable value of historic buildings and places and their relevance to modern life. We envision Georgians who promote careful stewardship and active use of these diverse resources and recognize the economic and social benefits of preservation. We envision communities where new development complements and reinforces thriving downtowns and historic neighborhoods, contributing to a healthy and enriched humane environment.

Get Involved! Find out how you can become a member of The Georgia Trust.

The goals of the Trust are:

- To inform Georgians about their state's historic resources and diverse cultural heritage
- To increase the number of historic buildings, places and related landscapes that are protected, preserved and actively used across the state
- To broaden awareness of the enormous economic impact of preservation as an essential tool for community revitalization and quality of life enhancement
- To provide preservation information and technical assistance for projects
- To preserve, restore and manage historic properties of exceptional significance for public enjoyment and education
- To use an understanding of Georgia's past to better prepare for Georgia's future.

Here's a bit about an upcoming event which I wish I could do! When I was younger we used to travel with my family to relatives regularly and we'd cut through Washington, GA. I used to give my own version of a tour as we cut through. I guarantee that nothing I pointed out happened or had anything to do with reality. It'd be fun to hear and see the real history of the town!

Georgia Trust ‘Ramblers’ to Roam Around Washington, Ga., Sept. 18 and 19

Members and friends of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will travel to Washington, Ga. September 18 and 19 to explore local history and architecture during the Trust’s annual Fall Ramble. Founded in 1780, Washington boasts the most antebellum homes in Georgia, with over 100.

Friday afternoon, Ramblers attending the event will explore the antebellum and Victorian properties of the rural town of Danburg in north Wilkes County. In the evening, Ramblers will dine under the stars on the grounds of Peacewood Plantation, a historic plantation home that dates back to the 1790s. Following dinner, participants are invited to the recently rehabilitated Retro Cinema in historic downtown Washington to mingle at the cinema’s Wine Bar, browse the bookstore, and enjoy a film. On Saturday, Ramblers will explore a full roster of historic homes and local attractions of downtown Washington.

For more information or to register for The Georgia Trust’s Fall Ramble in Washington, please contact Mary Railey Binns at 404-885-7812 or mrbinns@georgiatrust.org

Founded in 1973, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all. For more information on The Georgia Trust, go to www.georgiatrust.org.
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