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Georgia Sites Added To Historic Register

Two historic districts, an old school house and two historic districts are Georgia’s new sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gretchen Brock with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division said the listing will put these sites on tourists’ radar.

“Heritage tourism is a huge industry in Georgia, as well as in other places, so a lot of time people are interested in traveling and coming and seeing these authentic places or they have a particular interest in history,” said Brock, the division’s national register and survey program manager.

A state handbook on heritage tourism calls it the fastest-growing segment of Georgia’s $20 billion tourism industry.

The National Parks Service oversees the register of historically or culturally important buildings, structures, and areas. Places on the list can be eligible for rehabilitation grants or tax credits, but listing on the register does not place any requirements on owners.

“There are no restrictions on the use, treatment, or transfer or disposition of private property, and also National Register listing does not lead to public acquisition nor does it require public access to that property,” said Bill Reynolds, a spokesman for the National Parks Service’s southeast region.

The new additions are the Glynn Academy in Brunswick, built in 1840; the rural Crawford County gravesite of Colonel Benjamin Hawkins, President George Washington’s Indian affairs agent in the southeast; the South Philpot Street historic district, one of Cedartown’s early prominent neighborhoods; and the 1920s-era Ponce de Leon Court historic district near downtown Decatur.

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