A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County by Frances ThomasA Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County by Frances Thomas

A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County

byFrances ThomasOTHER COMPILATION BYMary Koch

Paperback | May 15, 2009

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Athens, Georgia, seems the quintessential southern university town. With a geography chiseled over geologic time by its lifeblood, the slow-flowing Oconee River, Athens has developed a unique culture as the two-century-long home of the state's bustling center of learning and research, the University of Georgia. A multitude of influences have powered the emergence of Athens from its eighteenth-century rustic solitude to its current incarnation as a community striving to preserve the old while embracing the new. A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County gives equal attention to Athens's natural and built environments and their coevolution into one of the modern South's most dynamic small cities. Starting with the town's beginnings, Frances Taliaferro Thomas emphasizes settlement patterns, key events, institutions, architecture, landscape, economics, and the highly distinctive personalities that have molded Athens into what it is today.

This edition includes two new sections of color photographs as well as a comprehensive new chapter tracing the milestones that led town and gown into the twenty-first century. Topics include the emerging cultural importance of the Classic Center; restoration and revitalization of many historic sites; vast building projects under two presidents of the University of Georgia; the progression of the greenway along the North Oconee River; and initiatives to address rising poverty rates within the county. Blending scholarly research with archival materials, official data, newspaper accounts, interviews, and personal letters and diaries, A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County is the definitive account of a place that makes history each and every day.

FRANCES TALIAFERRO THOMAS was an original member and chair of the Athens Historic Preservation Commission. Her articles on historic preservation have appeared in such publications as Veranda, Southern Accents, and Athens Magazine. She lives with her husband, Emory Thomas, in Athens. MARY LEVIN KOCH, an art historian, research consultan...
Title:A Portrait of Historic Athens and Clarke CountyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 10 × 8 × 20 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820330442

ISBN - 13:9780820330440


Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix
Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1
Life and Times on the Oconee Frontier 1

Chapter 2
Town and Country: The Antebellum Experience 30

Chapter 3
The Confederate Years 70

Chapter 4
Toward a New South: The Aftermath of War 101

Chapter 5
Rails and Roads: The Changing Face of Clarke County 139

Chapter 6
The Urbanization of Clarke County 185

Chapter 7
Into the Eighties and Beyond 228

Chapter 8
Millennium Milestones 257

Appendix 1
National Register of Historic Places, Clarke County Listings 289

Appendix 2
Chief Administrative Offi cers, City of Athens 293

Bibliographic Notes: A History of the Histories 295

Bibliography 299
Illustration Credits 307
Index 319

Editorial Reviews

It is as encompassing a general history of Athens and Clarke County as there is likely to be written for some time.

- Tom Hudson - Athens Magazine