Two Middle Georgia sites are on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservations 2014 list of 10 Places in Peril.
Among the sites on the list released Tuesday are the Chauncey School in Dodge County and the Hawkinsville firehouse in Pulaski County.
Chauncey, with a population of 342 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, was the first city in Georgia to issue bonds to build and equip a modern school building.
The Chauncey School was built in 1914, and the building features six classrooms, a science laboratory and an auditorium. It is described by the Georgia Trust as boasting a Neoclassical Revival facade and early 20th century details such as pressed tin ceilings, elaborate moldings and glass doorknobs.
April Laframboise, who has lived in Chauncey all her life, followed her grandparents and her parents in attending the school.
She said she misses the school, which she estimates was closed in the early 1990s, and she laments the fact that my children cant go there.
Laframboise remembers small classes of about 20 people who stayed together until graduation.
We were all close to each other, she said.
The building is still owned by the city and is rented out for social functions. Laframboise said the events are nostalgic for the former students who visit.
The Hawkinsville firehouse
The city of Hawkinsville has been recognized by the White House as a Preserve America Community, for protecting and sharing its heritage.
A hoped-for firehouse renovation is part of the citys long term plans to preserve its downtown area. The building, erected in 1917, is currently used by the city for storage and has been closed from active use since 1975. Its next door to Hawkinsville City Hall and the historic Hawkinsville Opera House, which was restored in 2001 and is used for performances and cultural events.
Our downtown area has been hit, like all small towns, with big-box stores just a 30 minute drive from here, said Ramsey Way, a member of the Historic Firehouse Committee. Were trying everything we can to hold on.
Way is 83 years old and remembers when the firehouses second floor was home to the fire chief and his family. Back then it was a single fire truck operation.
The placement of the firehouse on the Places in Peril list will be used to secure larger community support and money for the restoration, said Karen Bailey, director of Classic Main Street, one of the organizations leading the restoration effort.
The plans call for the firehouse to be reopened as a welcome center and museum space that would prominently feature Katie, the communitys 1800s-era, horse-drawn, steam-pump fire engine.
Bailey said she wants the engine out of storage so that the public can visit Katie and learn about her history and the history of the community.
This weekend will be a busy one for Bailey, who is helping organize the Hawkinsville Fall Festival. The event will feature live bands, a pageant, and a barbecue competition that is being filmed for the television series BBQ Pitmasters.
The other eight Places in Peril
Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about Georgias significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy, according to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
The other sites on the list include: the Sowega Building in Adel (Cook County); Blackshear Prison Camp (Pierce County); Griffin City Hall (Spalding County); Kolb Street House in Madison (Morgan County); Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sharon (Taliaferro County); Greek Revival houses of Troup County; W&A Railroad depot in Tunnel Hill (Whitfield County); and the Connally Marchman House in Villa Rica (Carroll County).
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