This may be the one Top Ten list we’re happy not to be included on.
The Georgia Trust has released their 2010 “Places in Peril” list and, unlike 2007’s list, the Wren’s Nest was not included. Phew! In fact, we were even mentioned as a success story. (See paragraph fifteen of the AJC’s great article to be inspired.)
The list details historic sites in Georgia, from a still operating hospital (Central State Hospital in Milledgeville) to an archeological site (the Leake Archeological Site in Bartow County) that need attention, funding, and general help to stay afloat or, in many cases, existent.
The list can be a tremendous boon to the sites listed on it, though inclusion doesn’t guarantee results. It does, however, ensure attention and awareness, also known as “half the battle” (though I might push it to about 75% of the battle).
The list features two Atlanta locations, Morris Brown College and Herndon Plaza (pictured above), both of which are manifestations of African-American success in post-civil war Atlanta. We wrote about the Herndon Home’s troubles recently, and Morris Brown has had no shortage of local coverage of late. Still, I hope the Places in Peril list is the boost they both need.
Not to poo-poo our Atlanta brethren, but I am completely intrigued by two other places on this list. First, you have Capricorn Recording Studios in Macon, who we have to thank for introducing the Allman Brothers to folks outside of Macon. Southern rock aficionados, I leave this one to you.
My real favorite is The Old Dodge County Jail, mostly because looks like it was lifted directly out of Mayberry. The only difference I can gather, other than one being fictional and all, is the fact that the Old Dodge County Jail features a quaint “hanging room.” If the Mayberry jail had one, let me be the first to say that it was totally underutilized on the show.
Being featured on the 2007 Places in Peril list made a huge difference to the Wren’s Nest in 2006, and I hope it has a similar effect on these worthy sites.