Please save the date for our upcoming fall excursion, to be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in Marion County, located about 35 miles southeast of Columbus, Georgia. The itinerary will include Downtown Buena Vista (est. 1830 and the county seat since 1850), Pasaquan (ca. 1888, the world-reknowned home of Eddie Owens Martin, aka St. Eom (1908-1986)), Fort Perry (ca. 1813, an archaeological site on the old Federal Road), Tazewell (antebellum courthouse, ca. 1848, in what was once the county seat of Marion County), and Shiloh-Marion Church (ca. 1835). We will also be visiting a cemetery, the Gypsy Camp Store, and a mill and a dam but your author as yet has no details on those components of the tour.
We will be planning an optional dinner in Columbus on Friday, October 30, 2015. If you arrive in town early or live locally, please consider joining us for that as well. Details on this, as well as Saturday's schedule and directions, will be forthcoming.
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 its associated 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 appreciate the State's vernacular architecture.
Click here to access a membership application.
Straus Le Vert Memorial Hall, Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia (Historic American Building Survey)