Two Macon landmarks and the Historic Macon Foundation will receive about $10,000 altogether for historical preservation projects, part of $33,000 given out this year by the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees.
Friends of the Cannonball House will get $1,000 to buy and preserve the Postel family papers, the Hay House will get $5,162 to buy display cases, and the Historic Macon Foundation will have $4,000 to create a historic preservation handbook for homeowners, according to an announcement by Brittiny Barber, a Georgia College spokeswoman.
“We apply for lots of grants, but one of the neat things about their program is that it’s through their junior board,” said Etheil Garlington, Historic Macon executive director.
The Milledgeville Junior Board is made up of high school students who select preservation projects to fund in Middle Georgia. It was founded in 2006 by a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Barber’s news release said.
“The grants benefit Middle Georgia because these awards are preserving the history that made our region what it is today,” junior board member Brett Chandler said in the announcement. “That is one of the reasons I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board. I have come in contact with so many interesting people that have shown themselves to be some of the few that really want to preserve our history.”
The board is part of educational programming at the Old Governor’s Mansion, a unit of Georgia College’s Academic Affairs Division.
The largest grant will go to Milledgeville’s own Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation Inc., $11,323 to restore the equipment shed at O’Connor’s Andalusia Farm.
The Georgia 4-H Foundation will get $7,000 for landscape restoration and fencing at the Irby Hudson Scott Pioneer Site at Rock Eagle. And the Washington County Historical Society will receive $4,515 to restore and frame the original family portraits of William and Mariah Brown.
Garlington said junior board members work on projects year-round, and two came to talk to Historic Macon about plans for the homeowner’s handbook. He’s excited that the foundation will be able to finish a project it’s talked about for years.
The handbook for buyers of historic houses will cover seasonal maintenance, energy efficiency, preservation tips and project checklists, Garlington said.
“We’re really looking to create a practical guide for homeowners,” he said.
The foundation wants to make it as affordable as possible and may make it available as a PDF at www.historicmacon.org, Garlington said. It should be ready in early 2015.