The Georgia Trust

HISTORY

The Georgia Trust was formed by a small group of individuals who were passionate about preserving the state’s historic built environment and saw a need for a non-profit organization that could focus on a statewide effort to preserve it.

The organization grew out of a series of statewide annual preservation conferences held between 1969 and 1973. From the enthusiasm of these early conferences came together an effort to form the Trust. Ultimately at the 1973 conference held in Macon, the creation of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation was announced. The theme of the Macon conference that year was “Preservation - Our Trust.”

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation was chartered on April 12, 1973.

Since then the Trust has helped transform and revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance for more than 3,500 businesses in 102 Georgia “Main Street Cities,” a designation for municipalities that combine historic preservation with economic development to restore downtowns and neighborhood business districts. The Georgia Trust has saved 23 properties through its Revolving Fund, and raised awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual accounting of “Places in Peril.”  The organization has also helped save the historically significant Peters House in Atlanta, and assisted with legislation that made historic areas of Cumberland Island more accessible while continuing to conserve the island’s natural resources.

In addition the Trust has reached over 375,000 students by teaching more than 1,800 Georgia educators how to use local historic resources in the classroom. The organization also operates two historic house museums: Macon’s Hay House and also Rhodes Hall in Atlanta.

Since its founding, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has become recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in historic preservation and has grown to become 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.

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