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The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that the City of Toccoa (Stephens County) is Georgia’s 89th Certified Local Government (CLG). The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed the designation on October 10, 2014.
Farms hold a central role in the heritage of our state, having formed the economic, cultural, and family foundation for generations of Georgians. Since 1993, over 460 farms continuously operating for 100 years or more have been recognized by the Georgia Centennial Farm Program. The 21st-annual Georgia Centennial Farm Awards ceremony was held on Friday, October 3, 2014, at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. This year, 18 farms across the state were honored.
Commissioner Mark W. Williams announced the award of $10,000 to the Stewart County Historical Commission from the Georgia Heritage Grant Program. This grant award will fund stabilization and window repair for the historic Stewart County Jail.
The Swift Manufacturing Company, located on 6th Avenue in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 2014 as a good example of a denim textile manufacturing company in Columbus. The property owner sponsored the nomination and a consultant prepared the nomination materials. The building was rehabilitated and approved for state tax incentives by the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and federal tax incentives by the National Park Service.
The Kensington Park-Groveland Historic District, located in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 2014. The neighborhood association sponsored the nomination and a consultant prepared the nomination materials.
Ponce de Leon Terrace-Ponce de Leon Heights-Clairmont Estates Historic District, located in Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 2014. The City of Decatur sponsored the nomination and Georgia State University graduate students in historic preservation prepared the nomination materials.
The Bordley Cottage-Beach View Hotel, located on Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 27, 2014 as an excellent example of an early Tybee cottage that was later converted to a four-season hotel. The property owner sponsored the nomination and a consultant prepared the nomination materials.
On July 13th, the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) and Dr. Victor Thompson of the University of Georgia completed a joint five-week archaeological field school on Ossabaw Island, Chatham County, Georgia.
Shirley Hills Historic District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation), located north of downtown Macon in Bibb County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 28, 2014. The Shirley Hills Neighborhood Association sponsored the nomination and Historic Macon Foundation prepared the nomination materials. This amendment to the National Register listing for Shirley Hills: 1) extends the period of significance to 1967; 2) enlarges the boundaries of the Shirley Hills Historic District to include later developments to the north; and 3) reevaluates the National Register eligibility of each resource within the district.
Archaeologists from the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the University of Georgia will conduct excavations this summer at the South End of Ossabaw Island. The Ossabaw Island Foundation is organizing an excursion on June 21 for the public to spend a day participating in the active archaeological dig.