Archaeologists and historic preservation specialists work together to preserve, share, and protect our nation’s cultural resources. Although associated most with historic buildings and sites, historic preservationists also strive to preserve and interpret structures or districts which reflect elements of archaeological history. In the following entry, Ms. Christy presents the site and its history, why we preserve and interpret, and how this relates to archaeology.
Site History and Background:
Why Preserve and Interpret?
But why preserve a building, a landscape, or archaeological site? How does the preservation of cultural heritage enhance lives? What are we actually preserving, but an old building? These are questions many visitors ask, and by taking a look at Meadow Garden (which to many is just an old building), we can show the public why we preserve and interpret the site..
the story-telling abilities of interpreters, that provoke feelings of understanding about the past and transports visitors back to the Revolutionary period. We would not know George Walton as a man, statesman, soldier, patriot, without the preservation of his house and the surrounding grounds.
Preservation and Interpretation in Archaeology
structures and landscapes. Take for instance the Roman Forum, which through various interpretive methods provokes a feeling of actually being in Ancient Rome, even though it is only falling columns and other dilapidated structural elements which remain. The same is true for Meadow Garden, which evokes its own sense of the colonial period by being uniquely placed in downtown Augusta. It is an isolated one acre property right in the middle of an industrial block of buildings, so it inevitably causes people to ask “What is a farm-house doing in the middle of downtown?” This is such a good starting point to get people interested in historic preservation.
whose stories would otherwise have been left untold. As a result, Meadow Garden remains a hidden gem of the past, sparking the imagination of the public and engendering a spirit of conservation. And it is this spirit that we need in a world where historic preservation remains an unknown to the majority, where properties are neglected and mismanaged, and the stories of the past turn to dust.
The Georgia State Society—National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) currently own the Meadow Garden and have, in one form or another, owned the property since 1901. For more information on Meadow Garden and Georgia State Society NSDAR, please check out historicmeadowgarden.org, our Meadow Garden page on Facebook, or the Georgia State Society-NSDAR Facebook page.