Ga. Trust Receives Grant for Work at Travelers’ Rest

A local historic site will receive funding to help with rehabilitation and maintenance efforts.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced recently that the Terrell Family Foundation, a Georgia based non-profit organization, has awarded a $4,000 grant to the Georgia Trust to go towards work at Travelers Rest State Historic Site.

Travelers Rest was placed on the Georgia Trust’s list of “Places in Peril” in 2013.

The Georgia Trust said Travelers Rest made that list because of the fact that the Department of Natural Resources has it open only once a month and decreased revenue has resulted in deferred maintenance.

With that in mind, Georgia Trust Director of Communications Traci Clark said the grant will be very beneficial.

“It is important to help preserve these historic sites because once they are gone, they are gone forever and they are part of Georgia’s history and the state’s heritage,” said Clark.

The Georgia Trust said the funds received from the Terrell Family Foundation for Travelers Rest will be transferred to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to continue rehabilitation efforts at the site.

Travelers Rest was constructed in 1815 as an inn for travelers on the Unicoi Turnpike.

It is located on Riverdale Road, just off U.S. Highway 123 about six miles east of Toccoa.