Welcome to the newest forum for the Barrow Preservation Society.  Many of you have been following us on Facebook and we hope you continue to use social media to keep track of our events and successes.  This blog/forum was created to give us a little more space and flexibility.  Here, we will post helpful “Preservation Tidbits” for historic homeowners, showcase historic homes around the county, and blog about our special events. So, stay tuned as we learn the “ins-and-outs” of the blogging world; the page will continue to get better and we welcome suggestions on content and feel free to comment on our posts.

We also welcome guest contributions.  If you would like to showcase some of your own preservation skills or would simply like to discuss the history of a local building, shoot us an email (bpsblogmaster@windstream.net) and hopefully we’re smart enough to get it posted.  Remember, the information presented on this blog is for everyone, not just a few.

Our Short But Exciting History!

Back in 2008, many of us mourned the loss of the former First Baptist Church in Downtown Winder.  In Statham, Auburn, and Bethlehem, houses and commercial buildings significant to our county’s history were being lost to neglect or the dreaded wrecking ball.  As a result, a group of local residents, some native Barrow Countians and some beloved transplants got together in an effort to form a united citizens’ group committed to preserving Barrow County’s heritage through its built and natural resources.  The Barrow Preservation Society, Inc. became an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2009.

Since we became “official,” our team has worked to save such local landmarks as the Granite Hotel.  Most recently, we have sponsored a Spring and a Christmas Tour of Homes, as well as the popular Noel, Nibbles, and Nogs.  We are a small organization, but growing with incremental successes.  While we may not always be successful in saving certain buildings, our organization looks ahead to supporting economic development using Historic Preservation as our tool.  We are excited about working with our elected officials, local businesses, and other stakeholders to make Barrow County “the place to be!”