Architecture of the Last Colony: Georgia’s Historic Places, 1733-2000

Edited by Mark C. McDonald

Editor and retired Georgia Trust President and CEO Mark C. McDonald is heading out on the road to present the Trust’s new book, Architecture of the Last Colony. Hear about Georgia’s most significant buildings, focusing on structures that showcase successful historic preservation practices and techniques.

Architecture of the Last Colony documents the most important extant buildings in the state of Georgia.

Richly illustrated with full-color, large-format photographs of these structures along with descriptions of their architectural significance, this book tells the story of how Georgia’s built environment reflects its growth from 1733 to the present.

All books purchased from the Georgia Trust will be signed by editor Mark C. McDonald.

Buy a signed copy

Pictured at top: Boxwood, Madison. Image by Diane Kirkland

Raines-Miller-Carmichael House, Macon. Image by Brian Brown
Book Tour Schedule

Mark your calendars! Editor Mark C. McDonald will be at the following places, where he will give an in-depth overview of the book as well as a closer look at some of the featured places. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

  • Jan. 11, Augusta, Historic Augusta, Inc. and Morris Museum of Art, One 10th St, Augusta, GA 30901. 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 1, Decatur, DeKalb History Center, 101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030. 6:30 p.m. $5 Members of the DeKalb History Center, $10 Non Members. $5 drink tickets.
    Visit for more information.
  • March 21, Newnan, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, 6:30 p.m.
  • POSTPONED April 13, Madison, Morgan County Library, 1131 East Avenue, Madison, GA 30650. 11:30 a.m. Stay tuned for a new date.
  • April 23, Roswell, Roswell Garden Club, Roswell Area Park Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075. 10 a.m. Visit for more information. Free and open to the public.
  • April 30, Griffin, UGA – Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment St, Griffin, GA 30223, 6:30 p.m.
  • May 13, Decatur, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
  • May 21, Thomasville, Thomasville Center for the Arts, 600 E. Washington Street, Thomasville, GA. 6 p.m. Drinks, light hors d’oeuvres, and book signing will follow the lecture.
  • August 17, Eatonton, Georgia Writers Museum, 109 S Jefferson Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024, Time TBD. Book signing only. No lecture. The book signing takes place during the Eatonton Expedition, but tickets to the Expedition are not required to go to the book signing.
  • Oct. 3, Society of Architectural Historians, Marietta, Time TBD
  • Oct. 5, Macon, Book Tour Kickoff, 6 p.m. Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon, GA 31201. Free and open to the public.
  • Oct. 12, Athens, UGA School of Environment and Design, Jackson Street Building, 285 S. Jackson St, Athens, GA 30602, Crit Space, 4:30 p.m. A special exhibit featuring photographs from the book will be in the Circle Gallery. Free and open to the public. Reception in the Founders Garden follows. Visitor Parking is available at an hourly rate in the North Campus Deck, which is located adjacent to the College of Environment and Design.
  • Oct. 13, Madison, Book signing. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Mark McDonald will be signing books at the Fall Ramble Registration table at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The book lecture is scheduled for the following day (see below for details). Free and open to the public. Purchase of Fall Ramble tickets is NOT required for the book signing.
  • Oct. 14, Madison, Book lecture and signing. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. This event is part of the Fall Ramble Orientation, but purchase of Fall Ramble tickets is NOT required for the book lecture and signing.
  • Oct. 18, Atlanta, Book Launch Party at the Trust’s headquarters, Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP HERE
  • Oct. 19, Rome, DeSoto Theatre, 530 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information.
  • Oct. 24, Roswell, Friends of Mimosa Hall, Mimosa Hall, 127 Bulloch Ave, Roswell, GA 30075, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information.
  • Oct. 26, Columbus, Historic Columbus Foundation, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901, Noon. Lunch and lecture. $15 (includes lunch). Visit to make reservations.
  • Nov. 14, Atlanta, Atlanta History Center, McElreach Hall, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 7 p.m. Visit for more information.
  • Nov. 15, Marietta, Cobb Landmarks, William Root House, 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060, 7 p.m. Visit for more information.
  • Nov. 16, Savannah, co-sponsored by the Massie Heritage Center and Downtown Neighborhood Association. Massie Heritage Center, 207 E. Gordon St, Savannah, GA 31401, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Free and open to the public.
  • Dec. 10, Canton, History Cherokee, Cherokee County History Center, 221 E. Marietta Street, Canton, GA 30114, 2 p.m. Visit for more information.