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Buggy with preservationists Saturday

Officials with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation are showcasing Barnesville Saturday, June 11 as they bring members and guests to town for one of its highly popular Expeditions. The theme of the self-guided, day-long tour is Buggy to Barnesville. Over 200 advance tickets have been sold. Tickets for the tour only are $25 and available at the orientation at the schools’ Fine Arts Center from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday morning and until noon at the Depot. Other tickets are $50-60 which include lunch and a closing reception. ’Barnesville has a rich history in the buggy industry that paved the way for magnificent homes to be built from the late 1800s to the early 1900s,’ said Traci Clark of the Georgia Trust. There will be 12 homes featured on the Expedition including Carnegie Library which was added to the list last week. Artist Carol Wubbena’s home, art studio and gallery was built in 1910. Also on the walking portion of the tour are the following homes: Claxton House (1896), 537 Thomaston Street; Smith-Dukes House (1912), 530 Thomaston Street; Piper-Manley House (1894), 536 Thomaston Street; Murphy-Ogletree House (1850), 870 Thomaston Street; Stephens-Gallion House (1874), 725 Thomaston Street; Collier-Smith House (1919), 873 Thomaston Street; Lambdin-Mc-Carthy House (1849), 643 Greenwood Street and the Kennedy House (1850), 217 Zebulon Street which is directly across the street from the First Baptist Church where Catherine Willis will perform an organ concert at 2 p.m. There are three houses in the country including two in Redbone, the Bush-Bunn House (1910), 410 Community House Road and the Sappington-Minton House (1877), 474 Brent Road; and the Gachet House at 951 Highway 18 West which is documented on the Historic American Buildings Survey. Also included are eight historical sites. ’Everyone has done a tremendous job preparing for the Expedition. The homeowners have been so generous, the city and county have done more than was asked and the college has helped tremendously as have many other volunteers,’ said local chair Pat Edwards. ‘This is our time to roll out the red carpet,’ she added.

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