Throughout Georgia, people preserve historic buildings, districts, and archaeological sites as community revitalization and economic development tools. Since 1966 the National Historic Preservation Act, coupled with state and local legislation, has provided the framework of laws, programs, and incentives to assist citizens with their preservation goals and to protect historic and archaeological properties for current and future generations.

Old Pickens County Jail
Old Pickens County Jail

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Rehabilitated historic buildings increase the community tax base, enhance property values, generate sales of goods and services, and create jobs. Preserving archaeological sites and artifacts provides valuable scientific, educational, and recreational benefits.

In Georgia core preservation services are provided by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the office of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia (UGA), the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the state’s Regional Preservation Services System.

The Historic Preservation Division administers a wide range of services and programs, including the National Register of Historic Places, federal and state grants and tax incentives, Section 106 (of the National Historic Preservation Act) review, and archaeological technical assistance.

The Public Service and Outreach office at UGA provides hands-on assistance and training through the Certified Local Government program for local designation and design review ordinances, information and education services, community planning, and design assistance.

The Georgia Trust offers a variety of services, including heritage education, neighborhood reinvestment, and Main Street design assistance. The Trust also maintains a statewide revolving fund for advocacy, grants scholarships and awards, and provides information and education.

Preservation planners in Georgia’s network of sixteen Regional Development Centers provide preservation assistance to local governments, organizations, and individuals. Working with the Historic Preservation Division, planners effectively bring a full range of preservation-related programs and services to regional and local constituents.

Together these and other agencies and organizations provide education and preservation services to assist Georgia’s citizens with the identification and maintenance of the state’s historic resources.

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Old Pickens County Jail

Old Pickens County Jail

The Old Pickens County Jail in Jasper was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Marble from the nearby Delaware Quarry was used for the front of the building. The jail, which contains a gallows that was never used, closed in 1980.

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