The rich history and architecture of Newnan will be showcased during the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Fall Ramble, Oct. 14 through 16. The event will offer visitors and residents alike a rare opportunity to get an inside look at historic private homes and buildings that are not usually open to the public.
On Friday, “ramblers” will tour the city’s historic homes and commercial buildings in the Downtown Historic District, laid out in 1828, and the Greenville-LaGrange Historic District, a residential neighborhood that was once home to many of Newnan’s prominent citizens. Ramblers will also have the opportunity to explore the College-Temple Historic District, a planned neighborhood of tree-lined streets, formal gardens and parks that accent the wide range of architectural styles in the district.
Saturday’s Ramble will take guests to historic residences in Newnan’s six National Register historic districts, including the Platinum Point Historic District, a neighborhood that boasts a collection of fine houses built by wealthy Newnan citizens. Nestled in a park-like setting, Platinum Point emerged with the increased use of the automobile and has an excellent and diverse array of Revival style architecture popular in the 20th century.
On Sunday, registrants will tour historic properties in the idyllic countryside of the Chattahoochee Hill Country, one of the last undeveloped and rural areas in Metro Atlanta. The area features rolling hills, forests, and farms along with a rich history and a dedication to the preservation of its natural beauty. Ticket holders will also have an opportunity to explore Serenbe, a community with historic-inspired architecture set among preserved forests and meadows.
The Ramble also includes special dining experiences held at historic sites throughout the weekend. After Friday’s Ramble, registrants are invited to dinner and cocktails at the Newnan Historic Train Depot, a beautifully rehabilitated building that originally served as the freight and passenger depot for the Atlanta and West Point Railroad in the 1850s. Saturday morning, guests will be served breakfast at the historic 1898 Central Baptist Church. The same night, “ramblers” will enjoy dinner and drinks on the picturesque grounds of the University of West Georgia Newnan Campus. Finally, a Sunday brunch will be held in the nearby community of Chattahoochee Hills at Cherry Hollow Farm, a unique complex comprised of remnants from turn-of-the-century mills, power plants, and farmsteads from across the South, many of which no longer exist.
A wide variety of registration options is available. To view the complete itinerary or purchase tickets, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org.
Rambles feature tours and social events in historic properties not usually open to the public. Tours of historic homes and buildings are self-guided. Guests provide their own transportation. These trips attract hundreds of participants per Ramble and are offered two weekends each year in the fall and spring. Recent Rambles have included Augusta, Macon and Rome.
About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.
As one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and honors students and professionals with the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House). To learn more, visit www.georgiatrust.org.
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