Trenton-Dade County Becomes Georgia’s 98th Certified Local Government

Atlanta, GA

The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Trenton-Dade County is Georgia’s 98th Certified Local Government (CLG), after the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, confirmed the designation.

The City of Trenton and Dade County passed local historic preservation ordinances establishing a joint city-county historic preservation commission in May 2018 and has a five-person citizen board serving as its historic preservation commission (HPC).  “Mayor Alex Case and the city commission and County Executive Ted Rumley and county commission have worked together to create this joint historic preservation commission. They have appointed a board of five members who are local, knowledgeable.  We will work diligently to preserve and rehabilitate valued historic structures, sites and the history of Trenton and Dade County,” said Donna Street, HPC Chairwoman.

Dade County, located in the northwestern corner of Georgia, was born by an act of legislation signed into law on Christmas Day in 1837. Geographically isolated from the rest of Georgia by Lookout Mountain, it has been known since the 1850’s as the “Independent State of Dade.” During the WPA era, the first paved road to connect Dade County directly to Georgia was built across Lookout Mountain. As a result, nearby Cloudland Canyon State Park became a reality.  Trenton, the county seat, was incorporated in 1840 and has a population of 2300. Trenton is home to the Dade County Courthouse, which is one Dade County’s two listings on the National Register of Historic Places.

The CLG program extends federal and state preservation programs to the local level, expanding the scope of local responsibilities and opportunities for preservation. Georgia has the highest number of CLG designated communities in the United States. Participation requires the community to create a preservation ordinance that establishes a design review commission as well as other state and federal requirements. Trenton-Dade County is now eligible for federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants that are administered by the Historic Preservation Division, Department of Natural Resources.  These HPF grants may be used for a variety of preservation activities including historic resource surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, educational activities, marketing purposes, publications, heritage tourism studies, and predevelopment plans.  To learn more about the CLG program, visit HPD’s website at

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For more information contact Certified Local Government Coordinator, Sarah Rogers at 770-389-7869 and

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