Preservation planning for Philomath, Georgia
Courson, Justin Eric
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Philomath, an unincorporated community listed in the National Register of Historic Places, provides a case study of historic resource preservation in rural Georgia. The character of the community is composed of wooded agricultural land and over two hundred years of architectural heritage. A survey of historic resources, documentary research, and speaking with the residents, provides insight into the common challenges and opportunities for historic preservation in Philomath and similar communities. Identifying tools for historic preservation in Philomath and similar communities, which lack an active commercial center or an incorporated local government, allows for recommendations to enhance the stewardship of historic resources. Historic Preservation in these unique communities encourages benefits which are cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy related. In light of limited resources, the role of the private and public sector, including local, state, and federal government, may be enhanced through increased awareness of the tools for preservation.