A rural south Georgia church built in the mid-1800s has been added to the official list of America's most treasured historic places. Liberty Baptist Church in Brooks County, just west of Valdosta, was granted a listing in late August in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Georgia Historic Preservation Division says three buildings that make up the Forsyth Railroad Depots and Baggage Room have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They include a passenger and freight depot built around 1850, a second passenger depot dating to 1899 and a separate baggage room constructed in 1917.
The Oconee Hill Cemetery has become one of the latest Georgia landmarks to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Officials from the Department of Natural Resources say the cemetery was formed when the City of Athens bought 17 acres near the north Oconee River in 1855.
A 1964 building that housed one of Savannah's oldest black-owned businesses has been added to the official list of America's historic treasures. City officials say the family-owned Savannah Pharmacy was the city's second oldest black-owned business and served residents for a century before it closed in 2007.
State transportation planners want to adjust the route for a proposed highway connecting the Rome and Cartersville areas more directly to I-75. The changes come in response to a federal ruling this summer that an 1867 manganese mine on Dobbins Mountain has historic value, halting federal money to the roadway because it would damage the area.
A former mine in northwest Georgia could force state transportation officials to pick another route for the proposed U.S. Highway 411 connector in Bartow County. A federal official notified the state this week that the mine is historically significant and eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Georgia Welcome Center located off U.S. Highway 301 in Screven County is one of a kind — the last of the state's original welcome centers from the 1960s to remain open. Now the 50-year-old building has been added the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government's list of the nation's most historically significant buildings and locations.
Owners of ranch-style homes in Georgia may be residing in a piece of history. Ranch homes became eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, and about 2,000 communities and individual ranch homes across Georgia are currently listed. The designation means tax incentives, consideration by state or federally funded projects as to how a project could impact the property and homeowner pride.