May is Historic Preservation Month
Each year the month of May is dedicated to National Preservation Month promoted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since The National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005 the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.
This year’s theme was to “Discover America’s Hidden Gems.” Although we have a dedicated month for historic preservation it is important to remember our history and to support local preservation projects throughout the year.
Downtown Newnan is host to many historic buildings that have been transformed throughout the years. Businesses come and go, fire has damaged some buildings, and during eras of new building designs many are refaced and made to look “modern”. Do you know what business may have once occupied what is now your favorite store in downtown Newnan? If not, take a look at the Historic Downtown Newnan Walking Tour that is available at City Hall and the Main Street Office. We have created an accompanying scavenger hunt to make discovering downtown history a little more fun. Download the historic scavenger hunt and walking tour brochure here or pick up a copy of the walking tour and ”Discover Newnan’s Hidden Gems” at City Hall or the Main Street Office.
City Hall 25 LaGrange St Newnan, GA
Main Street Office 6 First Ave Newnan, GA