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 2021, Meadow Garden was the national first-place winner for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Historic Preservation Project Contest for the Historic Porch and Roofline Restoration Project.

In 2020, the Georgia Trust honored the Georgia State Society with its “Excellence in Stewardship” award. This award recognizes more than a century of stewardship in addition to significant projects recently completed as part of our Meadow Garden Preservation and Restoration Plan. 

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 roofline. 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 Waltons were in residence. Join us to explore the history of the house as we preserve it for the future.

Historic Porch Restoration
Check out the restoration of the Historic Porch Restoration at Meadow Garden!
Meadow Garden Historic Roofline
Watch as Meadow Garden’s historic roof is uncovered for the first time in more than a century!
Newly restored cellar doors
See the newly restored cellar doors.
Meadow Garden Cellar
Look inside the historic cellar at Meadow Garden.
Repointed Cellar Walls
Check out the careful work repointing the cellar walls.