The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual “Fall Ramble” is coming to LaGrange this weekend.
The annual tour, from Friday through Sunday, also is stopping in Warm Springs, Pine Mountain and Talbotton.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, guests will have the opportunity to tour more than 30 historic private residences, gardens and other historic sites, including The Oaks, the Greek Revival boyhood home of renowned artist Lamar Dodd.
Ramblers will begin the weekend on Friday discovering “hidden gems” in Warm Springs, Pine Mountain, Talbotton and West Point. Guests will explore sites associated with President Franklin Roosevelt’s many visits to Warm Springs, private homes in Pine Mountain, the Carpenter Gothic-style Zion Church in Talbotton, and the award-winning 1850’s Greek Revival home of a noted Atlanta architect in West Point. That night, guests will enjoy a southern-style supper amid wisteria-covered pergolas and boxwood hedges at Sweet Home Plantation, a private 1840’s Greek Revival home filled with period antique furniture.
On Saturday morning, ramblers will enjoy breakfast at LaGrange College’s Lamar Dodd Art Center. Afterwards a brief history and orientation of the area will be held at the college’s Price Theater. Guests will enjoy a barbecue lunch at the college’s Nick Allen Picnic Pavilion before exploring LaGrange’s grand historic homes in the Vernon Road Historic District. Saturday night, guests will enjoy a special reception at the Legacy Museum, a stately 1917 Neoclassical building and a Georgia Trust Preservation Award winner. Afterwards guests will dine across the street at Del’Avant, a newly redeveloped event space created in the former Kress and McLellan five-and-dime-stores.
The weekend ends with a Sunday brunch at Hills & Dales Estate, the family home and gardens of Fuller E. Callaway, followed by a tour of the Georgian Italian villa, designed by the noted architectural firm of Hentz and Reid, and “Ferrell Gardens,” one of the most acclaimed gardens in the Southeast. Guests also will have the opportunity to explore several private historic homes and gardens in the area, including those belonging to Polly Mattox, co-author of the book Private Gardens of Georgia.
Guests may still register for the event, with prices ranging from $40 to $250. For more information on the Trust’s Fall Ramble or to register, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org or call 404-885-7812.
Guests can pick up their tour packets for the Fall Ramble at the following times and places:
• Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgia Hall, 6135 Roosevelt Highway, Warm Springs
• Saturday, Oct. 13
• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at LaGrange College’s Lamar Dodd Art Center, 302 Forrest Ave.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at LaGrange College’s Nick Allen Picnic Pavilion, Forrest Avenue
• 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Legacy Museum, 136 Main St., LaGrange
• Sunday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hills & Dales Estate, 1916 Hills and Dales Drive, LaGrange.
The co-hosts of the event are the Troup County Historical Society and Archives and Pine Mountain Heritage.
The Georgia Trust’s Rambles feature self-guided tours, educational visits and social events in historic properties not usually open to the public. Held two weekends each year in different cities around Georgia, these field trips attract hundreds of participants per ramble and feature special tours of architectural treasures in the host city. All proceeds benefit The Georgia Trust.
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations.
The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts. To learn more, visit www.georgiatrust.org.