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.
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
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.
Forsyth Expedition Itinerary at a Glance
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
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.