Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation Month is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. During Preservation Month, many events are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations.
In Georgia, Preservation Month activities include a “Historic Railroads of Georgia” photography contest, hardhat tours, and a month-long lecture series. Detailed information about Georgia’s Preservation Month activities is available online at www.georgiatrust.org.
“Historic Preservation in an important part of Greensboro’s revitalization,” comments the city’s community development director, Cail Hammons. “Visitors to our community often recognize that there is something special about Greensboro. This unique sense of place is what sets Greensboro apart from other communities.”
Downtown Greensboro was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Greensboro is noted for its traditional grid-style city plan, which was typical of cities across Georgia. A variety of architectural styles are present throughout the city. Homes in Greensboro show the transition from the white-columned Greek Revival structures to
the Victorian era’s wrap around porches and gingerbread trim. Greensboro’s public buildings such as the primitive rock jail, the Greek Revival Court House, and Romanesque-inspired Wyatt Jail are all listed as significant structures that contribute to city’s historic character.
“Present day Greensboro tells the story of the city’s rich heritage,” comments Hammons. “Greensboro has evolved from a town that was founded on the edge of the frontier, to a city that boomed with the cotton industry, and later reinvented itself to grow alongside of the recreation and tourism that came with the construction of Lake Oconee.”
To learn more about Preservation Month and historic preservation efforts across the country, visit www.preservationnation.org.