Georgia Trust awards $ 10,000 to two historic sites in Georgia



The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the recipients of its Callahan Incentive Grant, a matching grant awarded to nonprofit or government organizations undertaking the rehabilitation of a historic building or site in Georgia. Made possible by longtime Georgia Trust supporters Barbara and Les Callahan, the grant totaling $ 10,000 was awarded to Cherry Grove Schoolhouse in Washington, Georgia and the Erskine Fountain in Grant Park. from Atlanta.

“The Georgia Trust is grateful to the Callahan family for their generous donation. We believe the grants they have provided will help our grantees achieve their remarkable preservation goals, ”said Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of Georgia Trust. “The two projects funded by this year’s grant will create particularly significant impacts in their local communities,” McDonald added.

The Callahan Incentive Grant has been awarded to the following recipients:

Cherry Grove School (Washington)

The Friends of Cherry Grove Schoolhouse, Inc. received $ 7,500 to help with the next phase of the school’s rehabilitation. This includes repairs to the wood siding, soffit and roof edging, as well as the installation of eight windows.

Photo before restoration: Cherry Grove Schoolhouse (Washington, GA) is the recipient of the Callahan Incentive Grant

The Cherry Grove Schoolhouse is a rare surviving example of a rural African-American school building from the turn of the 20th century in Georgia. The one-room wood-frame building was constructed around 1910 on the grounds of Cherry Grove Baptist Church, founded in 1875. The school has suffered from years of neglect and lack of maintenance due to the realities of the city. financial resources of a small congregation and was included on the Georgia Trust’s 2021 “Places in Danger” list.

Photo of restoration in progress: Cherry Grove Schoolhouse (Washington, GA) is the recipient of the Callahan Incentive Grant

Following a report on historic structures prepared by the University of Georgia, the foundation and chimney of the building were stabilized and the roof was repaired. Once the rehabilitation is complete, the Cherry Grove Schoolhouse will serve as an educational tool on the evolution of education for African American children who grew up in rural farming communities in Wilkes County, Georgia and the south.

Grant Park Erskine Fountain (Atlanta)
Grant Park Conservancy received $ 2,500 for the second phase of site restoration, which includes beautifying the space around the Erskine Fountain with landscaping and installing a cobblestone driveway, as well as as an interpretive signage.

Photo before restoration: The Erskine Fountain located in Atlanta’s Grant Park is the recipient of the Callahan Incentive Grant

The Erskine Fountain, an intricate bronze water feature surrounded by a large marble bench, was originally donated to the city of Atlanta in 1896 to celebrate the life of Judge John Erskine. The fountain was moved from Peachtree Street to Grant Park in 1912. Unfortunately, over the decades it has suffered serious deterioration.

Post-restoration photo: The Erskine Fountain in Atlanta’s Grant Park is the recipient of the Callahan Incentive Grant

The restoration of the bronze cast iron, the marble bench and foundations and the internal plumbing of the fountain has already been completed as part of the first phase of the project. Grant Park Conservancy will partner with both Friends of Erskine and the Daffodil Project for the second phase of site restoration. When complete, the site will once again provide a natural and joyful environment to connect families, friends and the two million visitors that Grant Park attracts each year.

About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation:
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works to preserve and revitalize Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocate for their appreciation, protection and use.

As one of the country’s leading nonprofit preservation organizations, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired through its revolving fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through a listing. annual of endangered places in Georgia. The Trust rewards preservation projects and individuals with its annual preservation awards and rewards students and young professionals with the Neel Reid Prize and the Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs, provides technical assistance to landowners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws to promote preservation efforts, and operates two house museums in Atlanta ( Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House). To learn more, visit


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