Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Fall Ramble Set for Dahlonega, Oct. 7-9

Guests will tour town’s historic homes and buildings

ATLANTA, July 8, 2011—The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will host its annual Fall Ramble Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9, in Dahlonega. During the weekend, ‘Ramblers’ will explore historic homes and landmarks just as the foliage begins to turn into bright shades of fall.

Ramblers will begin the weekend Friday with a picturesque drive to the North Georgia Mountains. On the way to Dahlonega, guests will have the opportunity to stop by the historic 1830’s Lumpkin Campground and tour rustic cabins (“tents”) that are still used by church members each summer. In the afternoon, guests can head out to a choice of excursions – a gold mine or winery. That evening guests will enjoy dinner inside North Georgia College and State University’s gorgeous new Dining Hall, which features a sweeping view of the campus and surrounding mountains.

On Saturday morning, Ramblers will enjoy breakfast and an orientation at historic Holly Theater, an Art Deco architectural gem. That afternoon guests will stroll through the town square to explore the historic private homes of South Park Street after enjoying lunch on the grounds of Seven Oaks, an exquisite 1875 private home offering small group tours of its fabulous folk art collection and weaving studio.

Saturday evening guests will enjoy dinner at Dahlonega Market Place, a three-story storefront built in 1883 by a local mine engineer and originally used as a merchandise company.

Sunday’s Ramble will begin with a delicious brunch at Hardman Farm, followed by a tour of its beautifully restored buildings. Nestled in the picturesque Sautee-Nacoochee Valley and winner of The Georgia Trust’s 2011 Marguerite Williams Preservation Award, Hardman Farm is situated on 170 acres containing 23 structures. The farm is not yet open to the public as it undergoes a “green” restoration that keeps its historic nature intact.

Many registration options are available, ranging in prices from $60 to $250, which includes all tours and meals throughout the weekend. For more information on the Trust’s Fall Ramble or to register, visit or call 404-885-7812.

Guests can pick up their tour packets for the Fall Ramble on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community House, 11 North Park Street, and at Holly Theater, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Georgia Trust’s Fall Ramble is made possible by generous support from North Georgia College and State University, Garbutt Construction, Fox Theatre Institute, Bella Events by Dezine, Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority, Dahlonega Market Place, Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, Holly Theater, Picnic Café, Studio Jewelers and Wolf Mountain Vineyards.

About Rambles
The Georgia Trust’s Rambles feature self-guided tours, educational visits and social events in historic properties not usually open to the public. Held two weekends each year in different cities around Georgia, these field trips attract hundreds of participants per Ramble and feature special tours of architectural treasures in the host city. All proceeds benefit The Georgia Trust.

About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations.

The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. To learn more, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: For hi-res images, please contact Traci Clark at or 404-885-7802. Media are invited to attend; please contact Traci Clark for arrangements.