The Georgia Trust

CELEBRATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH IN GEORGIA

This summer, get involved and help the Trust restore, reclaim and revitalize Georgia.
Don't know how to participate? You've probably supported preservation efforts without even realizing it. Each time you shop in a Main Street city of dine at a historic downtown restaurant, you're encouraging future restoration efforts by proving preservation's economic viability.

As vacation season heats up, consider touring a town or region's historic sites. Check out our list of Historical and Cultural sites across Georgia to help get you started. Even your drive can turn into a mini-vacation when you take a scenic byway. Georgia's seven byways take you through many of Georgia's small towns and historic sites.

Protecting Georgia's heritage can be easy and fun. Below are ten other simple ways to support historic preservation:

1. Explore your family's history. Show your kids the places where you went to school or where you got married; take your parents to a place that's important in your life.

2. Walk or bike. Getting out of your car allows you to appreciate the buildings and parks that make up the place you live, and you'll also have a much better chance of catching up with your friends and neighbors.

3. Shop on Main Street. Traditional commercial districts not only have appealing buildings—look up and admire the detail of the upper floors—but they also feature locally-owned stores that are vital parts of your community.

4. Tour your hometown. Visit a historic site in your area or stop by the local historical society or museum. Check the events calendar in the newspaper or on the Web, then go to one of the street fairs or ethnic festivals or neighborhood tours you've always meant to enjoy.

5. Read all about it. Every community has a book about its local history, and many have more than one. They're available at the local library (often a historic place itself) or at the historical society.

6. Entertain yourself surrounded by history. Attend live performance or movie at a historic theater, or eat at a restaurant in an historic building. If you like the atmosphere, tell the owner or host.

7. Join an organization—even better, more than one—dedicated to preservation. Become a member of The Georgia Trust or the National Trust online. There are many other local historic foundations you can be a part of, too.

8. Sleep in a historic place. There are historic inns and b&b's across the country; many of the best are members of the Trust's Historic Hotels of America.

9. Ask your neighbors about your neighborhood. Talk to people who've lived on your street longer than you have. Find out what they remember about living there and about the people who have moved on.

10. Visit some sacred history. Churches are often among a community's oldest and most beautiful buildings, and cemeteries reveal the fascinating lives of those who came before.

- This list is courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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