Forsyth Expedition | June 8, 2019

Dalton Expedition | August 10, 2019

Throughout the year, The Georgia Trust hosts tours of historic homes and sites, often in Georgia towns located off the beaten path.

Forsyth Expedition

June 8, 2019 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Discover one of Georgia’s best kept secrets! Explore the grand historic houses and sites of Forsyth during a day-long, self-guided tour. Centrally located in the heart of Georgia, Forsyth boasts a variety of historic homes from the mid-19th and early-20th centuries when the city experienced its commercial boom with the arrival of the railroad and the opening of Tift College, one of the first female colleges in the world.

NEW FOR 2019! Save $10 when you purchase tickets for the Forsyth and Dalton Expeditions together. The day-long Expedition in Dalton will be held on August 10, 2019. *Excludes Tour-only tickets

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Special thanks to the local planning committee at the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Forsyth, and the Monroe County Historical Society

Leila Ross Wilburn’s Influence

Leila Ross Wilburn created designs for nearly 30 houses in Forsyth, making her a significant single influence in the types of houses built in the city, especially following World War II. As one of Georgia’s first female architects, Wilburn knew “just the little things that should to go in a house to make living in it a pleasure to the entire family.” One of Wilburn’s designs will be open for tours.

Susan Hunter, co-author of Southern Homes & Plan Books: The Architectural Legacy of Leila Ross Wilburn, will give a brief overview of Wilburn’s work in Forsyth at a historical orientation in the morning.

Forsyth Lunch and Closing Reception

Enjoy lunch with a $10 voucher at your choice of charming downtown restaurants located on the bustling square in the Commercial Historic District, including Grits Cafe, which inhabits one of the original storefronts on the square. Don’t miss the downtown murals detailing Forsyth’s past, present and future.

The Expedition ends with a special closing reception at 4 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeurves at the newly restored City Hall Annex located on Courthouse Square. Be one of the first to see its transformation at a special closing reception just for Expedition attendees. Enjoy works by the local 1823 Artisan Guild.

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Image courtesy Georgia Department of Economic Development

Featured Historic Homes and Sites

*Sites subject to change

Forsyth Expedition Itinerary at a Glance

9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Registration and Packet Pick-up at the Old Mary Persons High School Building
25 Brooklyn Avenue
Forsyth, GA 31029
Start the day by picking up your registration packet, which includes a detailed map and event program.

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Welcome and Orientation at the Old Mary Persons High School Building
25 Brooklyn Avenue
Forsyth, GA 31029
After picking up your tour packet, stick around for a brief presentation to learn about the rich heritage of Forsyth and its diverse historic architecture.

10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Forsyth Expedition
Explore grand historic homes from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries when Forsyth experienced its commercial boom. Tour private residences such as the 1922 Ensign-Goolsby-Cantrell House, an impressive example of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture, and the 1914 Bogle-Kyte House, a Georgia Trust Revolving Fund success story that almost had a different ending.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to explore Ponder Hall on the campus of historic Tift College, founded in 1849. Constructed in 1883, Ponder Hall is the oldest structure on campus and originally served as a dormitory. It has recently undergone a major rehabilitation led by architecture firm Lord Aeck Sargent.

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch on the Square
Enjoy lunch at your choice of charming downtown restaurants located on the bustling square in the Commercial Historic District, including Grits Cafe, which inhabits one of the original storefronts on the square. Don’t miss the downtown murals detailing Forsyth’s past, present and future.
FULL REGISTRATION ONLY

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closing Reception at the Old City Hall Annex
20 N. Jackson Street
Forsyth, GA 31029
Be one of the first to see the newly restored City Hall Annex, located on Courthouse Square, during a special closing reception just for Expedition attendees. Enjoy works by the local 1823 Artisan Guild.  
FULL REGISTRATION ONLY

Forsyth Expedition Sponsors


Law Offices of Haygood, Lynch, Harris, Melton and Watson

 

Mary Aiken Wright

 

Monroe County Historical Society

Dalton Expedition

August 10, 2019 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join us as we travel north to the carpet capital of world. Experience the rich history of Dalton, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore the Murray Hill-Thornton Avenue Historic District, featuring stunning Queen Anne, Tudor and Colonial Revival homes.

Discover the McCarty Subdivision Historic District, one of the earliest planned residential subdivisions in Dalton. Designed during the early to mid-20th century, the McCarty Subdivision Historic District is located in a picturesque park-like landscape.

Today Dalton is a growing, vibrant reminder of Georgia’s past and its future. There is so much to do in Dalton, it will floor you!

NEW FOR 2019! Save $10 when you purchase tickets for the Forsyth and Dalton Expeditions together. The day-long Expedition in Forsyth will be held on June 8, 2019. *Excludes Tour-only tickets

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What is an Expedition?

A Georgia Trust Expedition invites members and guests to explore a Georgia town located off the beaten path. These day-long, self guided tours are designed to reflect a town’s unique history and development by including a variety of historic sites, from vernacular homesteads to historic industrial sites to grand homes, as well as historic landscapes and natural features. Expeditions educate participants about Georgia’s small town heritage while celebrating ongoing preservation and revitalization efforts.

Tours are self-guided, and guests provide their own transportation. Maps and programs are provided at packet pick-up.

For more information, contact specialevents@GeorgiaTrust.org.