May is National Preservation Month!

Celebrate Preservation Month with The Georgia Trust during these exciting events taking place in May 2019.

Spring Stroll of Macon Houses and Gardens

May 3-5, 2019

Hay House
934 Georgia Avenue
Macon, GA 31201

Enchanting gardens and historic home interiors await your discovery during Central Georgia’s premier house and garden event.

General Oglethorpe Society Excursion to Athens

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

General Oglethorpe Society Members Only

Guests will receive a special tour of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library with specific items relating to Georgia history and culture pulled just for our members. Enjoy a private catered lunch and a guided tour of Oconee Hill Cemetery and the University of Georgia’s historic campus.

To be a part of this exclusive event, members may upgrade their membership to the General Oglethorpe Society level ($2,500 and above) by contacting the Donor Relations Manager at (404) 885-7805. Benefits include complimentary tickets to the Preservation Gala, discounted rental of Rhodes Hall and an invitation to the annual General’s Excursion.

2019 Neel Reid Lecture

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:30 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Lecture

Rhodes Hall
1516 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Hear 2018 Neel Reid Prize winner Mary Elizabeth Bland recount her experiences and architectural observations during her travels to Vienna, Prague and Budapest this past year.

During her travels, Mary Elizabeth Bland, a Senior Intern Architect at Historical Concepts Architecture and Planning in Atlanta, studied the urbanism and architecture of the Habsburg Empire.

Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

Historic Window Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1575 Mozley Place SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Join us for a workshop with window restoration expert Sandy Crowe. This hands-on workshop will take place at one of the Trust’s West Atlanta Preservation Initiative properties in Mozley Park. This workshop will walk you through the process of restoring historic wood windows, including how to reglaze them, with opportunities for hands-on learning.

Members $10
Non-Member $15

Zion Church Clean-up and Friends Meeting

Saturday, May 18, 2019
9:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Zion Church
238 College Ave
Talbotton, GA 31827

(Intersection of Washington Ave. and Clark St.)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Zion Church Clean-up. 
Join us for a volunteer clean-up of the charming 1848 Tudor-Gothic style church. We will be working on the inside. Be sure to bring a pair of work gloves. Other supplies provided.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Friends lunch meeting at Zion Church (Lunch will be provided)
Proposed By-Laws have been written to form a Friends of Zion Group. Mark McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will join to provide guidance on the formation of this group and outline the next steps for Zion Church. You are encouraged to attend the Friends lunch meeting even if you are unable to help with clean-up, and bring a friend.

Built in 1848 by Talbotton master carpenter James D. Cottingham and master brick mason Miranda Fort, the Tudor-Gothic style Zion Episcopal Church features many fine details from the crenellated parapets on the roof to the triple-arched entrance. The interior’s construction is as detailed as the exterior. The church has a gallery which was used as seating for slaves. This slave gallery was used regularly for religious instruction of slaves, which was encouraged by the bishop of the diocese and Zion parishioners. Family box pews, laid out in a double row in the center with a single row of seven pews on each side, are as originally installed.

Talbotton is located 30 miles northeast of Columbus, Georgia, 30 miles south of Callaway Gardens, 60 miles west of Macon, and 20 miles south of Warm Springs.

Easements Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Rhodes Hall
1516 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Learn how to protect your historic property with preservation easements.

Do you own a historic property that you’d like to be protected in perpetuity? Could you use a tax deduction and lower property taxes? This event will focus on what a preservation easement entails and their value.

Led by Georgia Trust staff and George Petkovich, MAI of Pritchett, Ball & Wise, Inc., a commercial real property appraisal and consultation firm

Lunch will be provided and is included in the price.

Members $10
Non-Member $15

Randolph-Lucas-Jones House: Open House and Dedication

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

78 Peachtree Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Join us for an exclusive tour of the 1924 historic Randolph-Lucas-Jones House. Threatened by demolition in 2013, the historic house was moved from its original Buckhead location to Ansley Park by the late Christopher Jones and Roger Smith. Enjoy an open house to see the current rehabilitation of the property and help dedicate the house by renaming it in memory of the visionary behind its preservation, Christopher Jones.