Canton Staple Among Preservation Winners
History Cherokee (HC) held its annual Historic Preservation awards banquet on Aug. 18 to honor the preservation successes in Cherokee County from the past year. HC honored six historic sites:
- The Hickory Flat Gym in Canton.
- Goshen Baptist Church in Salacoa.
- The Grande Tea Room in Ball Ground.
- The Grogan-Holcomb-McNeal Home in Woodstock.
- Conns Creek Baptist Church and School in Ball Ground.
- Bennett’s Store in Waleska.
“The award winners this year represent a diverse type of historic properties found throughout Cherokee County. Four properties are community landmarks – churches,
a country store and school gym. The other two were built 30 years apart but exhibit the same craftsmanship found in many historic residential buildings such as the
tongue-and-groove walls,” HC Executive Director Stefanie Joyner said.
In addition, HC presented two awards to individuals in the community who have volunteered their time and resources to further HC’s mission of collecting, preserving and sharing Cherokee County history. JoEllen Wilson, Canton City Council member and longtime community figure, received the Volunteer of the Year award for her work on the Capital Campaign to help build the new Cherokee County History Center (set to open in November), and she currently volunteers on HC’s standing Development Committee.
The Judson W. Roberts Lifetime Service award was presented to Rebecca Johnston. “Rebecca has been a treasured volunteer for over a decade and has worked tirelessly to preserve Cherokee County’s history,” Joyner said. “In addition to publishing numerous history books, she has led our Capital Campaign efforts to build the new History Center. Under her leadership, we were able to raise over $4.3 million.”
History Cherokee will continue to support historic preservation in our community through the Preservation Awards Banquet next year. To learn more, visit historycherokee.org/support.
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