The Georgia Trust

2016 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

STONE TOWER
Fort Mountain State Park
Chatsworth, Murray County

The historic fire tower in Fort Mountain State Park was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, but stood in ruins for over 40 years after being severely damaged by a fire in the 1970s. The tower's restoration included reconstructing its timber structure to match the original design while meeting current building codes, using historic photographs and referencing similar fire towers in the region to accurately restore historical details. Today the restored Fort Mountain Stone Tower contributes to the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and twentieth-century efforts to fight forest fires.


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