The Georgia Trust

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN PRESERVATION

Savannah Children's Museum Exploration Station
Savannah, Chatham County

Located in the western portion of the Central of Georgia Railroad's Savannah Shops and Terminal Facility, a National Historic Landmark, is the 1853 Carpentry Shop that historically housed woodworking equipment. After two 20th century fires destroyed all but the Carpentry Shop's masonry walls, the Coastal Heritage Society, with support from a Save America's Treasures grant, stabilized and repaired the remains. After stabilizing the historic masonry elements, the open-air site was outfitted with fresh grass, plantings and hands-on exhibits. In 2012 this unique site was reopened as the Savannah Children's Museum's "Exploration Station." The preservation and creative reuse of this historic ruin provides a wonderland for children to explore, learn, and have fun in a historic environment.

 

 

 

 


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