A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County (Wormsloe Foundation Publication Series 2nd Revised edition)
By: Frances Taliaferro Thomas (author)Paperback
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This is a classic on the Classic City, revised and updated. Athens, Georgia, seems the quintessential southern university town, its geography chiseled over geologic time by its lifeblood, the slow-flowing Oconee River, and its culture sustained for over two centuries by the state's bustling center of learning and research, the University of Georgia. A multitude of influences have powered the emergence of Athens from its eighteenth-century rustic solitude to its current incarnation as a community striving to preserve the old while embracing the new. "A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County" gives equal attention to Athens' natural and built environments and their coevolution into one of the modern South's most dynamic small cities. From the beginning, Frances Taliaferro Thomas emphasizes settlement patterns, key events, institutions, architecture, landscape, economics, and the highly distinctive personalities that have molded Athens into what it is today. This edition includes two new sections of color photographs as well as a comprehensive new chapter tracing the milestones that led town and gown into the twenty-first century.
Topics include the emerging cultural importance of the Classic Center; restoration and revitalization of many historic sites; vast building projects under two presidents of the University of Georgia; the progression of the greenway along the North Oconee River; and, initiatives to address rising poverty rates within the county. Blending scholarly research with archival materials, official data, newspaper accounts, interviews, and personal letters and diaries, "A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County" is the definitive account of a place that makes history each and every day.
Frances Taliaferro Thomas was an original member and chair of the Athens Historic Preservation Commission. Her articles on historic preservation have appeared in such publications as "Veranda," "Southern Accents," and "Athens Magazine." She lives with her husband, Emory Thomas, in Athens. Mary Levin Koch, an art historian, research consultant, and former resident of Athens, lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a trustee of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. She has published articles in several journals, including "Georgia Historical Quarterly," "Atlanta History," and "Georgia Museum of Art Bulletin."
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