Historic Preservation

Historic preservation helps tell the story of our heritage. In 1900, the Daughters of the American Revolution purchased Meadow Garden to protect the endangered home of George Walton, signer of the Declaration. With this, the organization began a proud tradition of preserving this historically significant building.

“Meadow Garden is stronger to-day than many modern wooden dwellings. Of course, a great deal of painting and repairing will have to be done …”

From the GSSDAR Proceedings of 1899,

For 120 years, the Georgia State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has maintained stewardship of Meadow Garden. Using the best information, technology, and resources at their disposal to restore this historic structure in accordance with the standards of the day. In 2020, the Georgia Trust honored the Georgia State Society with it’s “Excellence in Stewardship” award.

Since 2018, the Meadow Garden Preservation and Restoration Plan has guided the extensive preservation process required for this historically significant structure.

Work has recently been completed on the restoration of the front porch and replacement of the front-porch roof line. This project revealed the front-facing portion of the first period roof for the first time in more than a century. The historic preservation provides a more authentic representation of the house during the time the Walton’s were in residence. Join us to explore the history of the house as we preserve it for the future.