Two Central Georgia locations land on Georgia Trust’s 2021 Places in Peril list

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MACON, Ga. — The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released its 2021 Places in Peril list, and two Central Georgia locations are on it.

The first is downtown Toomsboro in Wilkinson County.

The Georgia Trust says, “Incorporated in 1904, the town of Toomsboro primarily grew as a whistle stop town between Macon and Savannah along the Central Georgia Railroad. After the Civil War, the town developed an active downtown district which grew through its incorporation and remained active through the mid-20th century, even with a population that remained around 700. Many of the original downtown structures still exist today.

Despite its charm, many of the downtown buildings are showing deterioration. Many of the properties are held by a single owner who has not shown a willingness to invest in significant rehabilitation efforts but has shown a willingness to market the town as available for purchase. The mayor and city council wish to promote the town but also balance its history with its future by attracting preservation minded buyers sympathetic to the historic structures.”

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