The Monitor

A fairly regular newsletter highlighting various aspects of the state's vernacular architecture. Follow the links below.

spring 2017

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winter 2016

fall 2015

spring 2014

winter 2013

autumn 2012

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Links in which you might be interested:

Vernacular Architecture Forum

International Committee of Vernacular Architecture, ICOMOS

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

American Association of State and Local History

American Folklore Society


Past Excursions

Spring 2016, Savannah, including Frogtown (Central of Georgia Railroad worker housing), Laurel Grove Cemetery, and Wilmington Island. 

Fall 2015, Buena Vista and Marion County, including Pasaquan, Gypsy Camp Grist Mill, Fort Perry and the old Tazewell Courthouse.

Summer 2014, Stone Mountain Village, including the city cemetery, Wells-Brown House, Stone Mountain Hotel, Stone Gym, and the Johnson House.

Winter 2014, Savannah and Sapelo Island, including LePageville, Pine Gardens, Benedictine Military School and Priory, Chocolate Plantation, Hog Hammock, and the Reynolds Mansion.

Spring 2013, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, including Lithonia, Vaughter's Farm, New Smyrna Church and Campground, the Lyon House, and the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.

Fall 2012, Jackson County, including the Crawford W. Long Museum, several historic buildings at Hurricane Shoals Park, and the Jackson County Courthouse.

Spring 2012, the Georgia coast: Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Darien in Glynn County.

Winter 2012, Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia in Baldwin County and Old Clinton in Jones County.

Fall 2011, sites in and around Warm Springs, as well as Manchester, Durand, and White Sulphur Springs in Meriwether County.

Summer 2011, August, sites in Jackson and Barrow counties, including the Chesser-Williams House, the Richard Russell House, and downtown Winder.

Spring 2011, sites in Atlanta and Decatur, including most notably the Waffle House Museum.

Winter 2010, sites in Newnan, Carrollton, and elsewhere in west Georgia.

Fall 2010, sites in Bartow County, including Roselawn, Valley View, and the home of the noted Georgia author Corra Harris.

Summer 2010, sites in northeast Georgia, including Toccoa and Stephens County and Hardman Farm in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley in White County.


Usually held twice a year, these tours are our primary activity and are organized and led by volunteers. Itineraries vary considerably but all are generally limited to a Saturday. Occasionally limitations on numbers of attendees may be necessary. Group interests are inherently eclectic, ranging from eighteenth-century residences to mid-twentieth century fast-food restaurants. If you would like to host a tour in your corner of the state, please let us know. All we need is an itinerary and a place to eat lunch.



What is vernacular architecture?

Most of the historic buildings in Georgia—in its cities, small towns, and rural countryside—are vernacular in character. Vernacular architecture can be difficult to define and is often characterized by what it is not: it is not high-style design created by professional architects and based on academic or theoretical principles. Rather, it is the skill of traditional building construction passed from one generation of builders to the next in a practical hands-on way through the use of materials, form, and ornamentation. It is more accurately cataloged and described by building type than by style. Vernacular architecture tends to be commonplace and to reflect the everyday life and experience of people within a culture or region. Because these buildings are all around us and are very often plain in appearance, vernacular architecture is often taken for granted. Yet this is the architecture that reflects the daily experience of the broadest aspects of our culture, from Georgia's living places and peachpacking sheds to its textile mills and villages. ---Julie Turner


What is Vernacular GeorgiA?

Vernacular GeorgiA, a non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization, is a loosely knit group of those interested in the common architecture of the state. The organization's purpose is to sustain a focus on Georgia's historic vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes and to promote their preservation.

Inherent in the aim to promote and sustain is greater public awareness and understanding through education. The organization seeks to educate and serve as a forum for discussion of issues, problems, solutions, and opportunities concerning historic vernacular architecture and its preservation.

MEMBERSHIP is open to people of all disciplines, professions, and interests who have an interest in the State's vernacular architecture.

Click here to access a membership application

Nineteenth-century pigeon houses, Oglethorpe County, 1934 (Historic American Building Survey)