Georgia’s origins and historical development are closely tied to agriculture. The state’s large size, along with its environmental and cultural diversity, has produced a complex agricultural landscape. HPD has several publications and programs that recognize and document historic farms and plantations.
Tilling the Earth: Georgia's Historic Agricultural Heritage (2001) is a historical context for agriculture in Georgia. It examines the state’s agrarian history, identifies the types of resources (landscapes, structures, and archaeological remains) associated with this history, and provides recommendations for evaluating these properties for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Read a 2002 CRM article about this context.
Historic farms may have a variety of buildings and structures, including several types of barns. Some of the common barn types found in Georgia are identified in Patterns in the Rural Landscape: Identifying Barn Types in Georgia in the September 2010 edition of HPD's Preservation Posts.
Introduction to Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings: Barns
Agricultural resources are represented in numerous listings in the National Register of Historic Places. These are only a few examples of the many individual farms and rural historic districts in Georgia.
The Georgia Centennial Farms Program honors farms that have contributed to Georgia’s agricultural heritage for 100 years or more.