A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County (Wormsloe Foundation Publication Ser.)

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Athens, Georgia, seems the quintessential southern university town. With a geography chiseled over geologic time by its lifeblood, the slow-flowing Oconee River, Athens has developed a unique culture as the two-century-long home of 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's natural and built environments and their coevolution into one of the modern South's most dynamic small cities. Starting with the town's beginnings, 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.

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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's 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.

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A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County describes in a clear and compelling way the development and growth of Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding county from presettlement days to the era of urbanization. Emphasizing the natural and the built environments of a town and county dominated by a river resource and a burgeoning university, Frances Taliaferro Thomas details the settlement patterns, events, institutions, architecture, landscape, economics, and personalities that shaped the area. Chosen in the summer of 1801 as the site of the University of Georgia, the picturesque locale was to be the "Seat of the Muses". Once established, however, Athens quickly became more than a college town, and this work chronicles the many ways in which the community has distinguished itself over the years. Nearly 175 photographs illustrate the text, including images of the historic homes and gardens for which the "Classic City" is well known. The work highlights historic preservation efforts in Athens and places the preservation movement within the context of urbanization and the rapid growth of town, county, and university. Authoritative and accessible, A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County will be of interest to anyone who is familiar with this unique southern community. Synthesizing recent scholarship, primary printed material, a wealth of secondary sources, and interviews, it also includes extensive notes and a comprehensive bibliography of the literature on the area.

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