Friday, October 9, 2009

2009 Places in Peril: Metcalf Township, Thomas County

The Story: The railroad played a major role in the establishment of Metcalf in south Georgia during the late nineteenth century. During its more productive years, Metcalf was a center for commerce and the trade of agricultural products. The township has many examples of late 19th century commercial and residential Victorian-era, Romanesque Revival Style, and vernacular architecture.

The Threat: Since the 1920s, Metcalf has endured being unincorporated, the loss of rail transportation, and the installation of a large lumber operation. Recently, Metcalf has caught the attention of developers due to its low cost of housing and land and proximity to Tallahassee. The possibility of new inappropriate development threatens a town already suffering from neglect, inappropriate infill, lack of building codes that addresses mobile homes, and no sewer system.

The Solution: Thomasville Landmarks has held community meetings to provide residents of Metcalf with information and gather support for a Places in Peril designation. Thomasville Landmarks and Thomas County Commission have agreed to support any preservation efforts and seek to protect the historic integrity of this small, rural south Georgia township.

Update: In December, the Trust and Thomasvile Landmarks co-sponsored a "Spotlight" event, where 75 members of the community came out to learn more about the rehabilitation initiative for the small township.

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