MISSION & HISTORY

Historic Athens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to celebrate and conserve community heritage in Athens, Georgia. For over 50 years, we have worked to improve historic preservation and heritage conservation in the Athens area. Founded as Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation in 1967.

 

Our Mission:

To be a proactive force in developing community-wide understanding of the value of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage.

MILESTONES TIMELINE

Saved Church-Waddel-Brumby House, Athens' oldest residence, from demolition

Established Church-Waddel-Brumby House as a house museum and started the Athens Welcome Center

Saved the Franklin House from demolition

Nominated Cobbham and Downtown to the National Register of Historic Places

Restored and adapted Fire Hall No. 2 as Foundation headquarters and gallery

Nominated nine historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places

Advocated for the passage of the Historic Preservation Ordinance for the City of Athens

Hosted workshops to discuss planning alternatives for Downtown East area

Participated in the re-design of The Classic Center, which saved Fire Hall No. 1

Assisted in saving the Wray-Nicholson House from demolition

Established the Revolving Fund to protect at-risk historic properties; worked with UGA and Athens community to preserve Tanner Lumber

Participated in development of Athens-Clarke Comprehensive Plan; acquired and developed Classic City Tours as a heritage tourism educational vehicle

Worked with UGA and Athens community to save & relocate the Red Barn

Began Historic House Museum Association

Assisted 5 neighborhoods with local historic district designation

Co-sponsored with A-CC re-dedication of Wray-Nicholson House

Established Hands on Athens program

Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Celebration; transfer of Ware-Lyndon House decorative arts collection to ACHF

Saved Adcock Building from demolition

Completed Athens Welcome Center SPLOST project; established Black History Month Tours (via Classic City Tours)

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Played a principal role in establishing and planning CAPPA (Community Approach to Planning Prince Avenue)

Completed restoration of historic Church-Waddel-Brumby House/Welcome Center; Completed expansion of Downtown Athens National Register Historic District for local designation

Celebrated Foundation's 40th anniversary; Athens Historic House Museum Association published Museum Mile tour brochure; completed feasibility study for Oconee Street School/ACTION Building

Successfully nominated Reese Street Historic District for local designation; Athens Historic House Museum Association held inaugural Holiday Spirits tour of the four house museums featuring original historic vignettes

Successfully nominated Athens for designation as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations; celebrated 10th Annual Hands on Athens; launched Athens Heritage Walks, a new guided tour series

Successfully nominated Milledge Avenue Historic District for local designation; started the Athenaeum Club, a historic preservation social club

Launched Preservation Matters, a new education series

Conducted comprehensive one-day symposium about the endangered, historic Southern Mill property

Assisted with successful nomination of Buena Vista Historic District for local designation; launched new format for Preservation Awards with community-wide appeal

Raised over $60,000 to stabilize and preserve historic Beech Haven Summer House and camel-back bridge; formed Friends of Beech Haven

Established ACHF 50th Anniversary Committee

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