2018-11-08 / Front Page

Georgia Trust includes ‘The Cedars’ in state’s 2019 list of ‘Places in Peril’

“The Cedars” is one of 10 “Places in Peril” in the state’s 2019 list. “The Cedars” is one of 10 “Places in Peril” in the state’s 2019 list. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released its 2019 list of 10 “Places in Peril” in the state and one of them is in Washington.

The Cedars, on Sims Street in Washington, is on the list. The popular home has been a mainstay frequent feature for the annual Tour of Homes and has been an iconic landmark at the top of North Jefferson Street for many decades. In recent years, it has fallen into disrepair, attracting the attention of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

“This rambling 18-room house is an excellent example of Victorian architecture although portions of the house date to earlier periods of construction,” The Georgia Trust said in its announcement. “The land on which the house sits was first owned by George Walton, a Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house became known as ‘The Cedars’ during the Victorian era, when many significant additions and alterations took place, and has been home to several notable Washingtonians throughout its history. The building has fallen into disrepair, with no discernible improvements made since the early 2000s, and is in significant danger of demolition by neglect.”

Its state of disrepair brought The Cedars to the attention of the Georgia Trust. (Photos by Halston Pitman and Nick Woolever of MotorSportMedia) Its state of disrepair brought The Cedars to the attention of the Georgia Trust. (Photos by Halston Pitman and Nick Woolever of MotorSportMedia) Other sites on this year’s list of “Places in Peril” include Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie (Colquitt County); Glennwanis Hotel in Glennville (Tattnall County); Huston House at Butler Plantation in Darien (McIntosh County); Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Garden in Savannah (Chatham County); Madison Theatre in Atlanta (DeKalb County); Needwood Baptist Church and School in Brunswick (Glynn County); Rhodes Center South in Atlanta (Fulton County); Springfield Log Cabin School in Union Point (Taliaferro County); and Stark Mill Community Building in Hogansville (Troup County).

“This is the Trust’s fourteenth annual ‘Places in Peril’ list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting 10 representative sites.”

“Places in Peril” is designed to raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development, or insensitive public policy.

Through “Places in Peril,” the Trust will encourage owners and individuals, organizations, and communities to employ proven preservation tools, financial resources, and partnerships in order to reuse, reinvest, and revitalize historic properties that are in peril.

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 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).

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