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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:07pm

Historic Sites Among 'Place In Peril'

Historic preservationists are highlighting threats from budget cuts, demolition and the economy in its latest list of "Places in Peril."

The annual list is aimed at marshalling the resources to save remnants of Georgia's history.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is listing Travelers Rest Historic Site in Northeast Georgia's Stephens County.

The group's Mark McDonald says the 1815 inn -- now open only for limited hours -- represents all of the state-owned historic sites which are losing visitors and funds.

"You can't demonstrate you have visitors if you're not open," McDonald says. "And if you're not open, the state says 'Well, you're not having any visitors, so why should we keep funding you?' So it's really a Catch-22."

For the third year in a row, the group is highlighting Middle Georgia's Hancock County.

The group also is listing Atlanta's Sweet Auburn district, a refuge for successful African-Americans.

McDonald says even though the nearby residential area is thriving, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement hasn't yet turned around.

"On Auburn Avenue for one reason or the other it has not happened," McDonald says. "And one of the reasons is that there are some of the large commercial properties that are owned by land owners that have not been open to selling their property."

This year's list also includes Albany's Tift Warehouse and Floyd County's Cave Springs Log Cabin.

The list is aimed at raising funds to help preserve the sites. The complete list is below.

Learn more about the sites at this website.

All photos by Halston Pitman.