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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –A Thomasville neighborhood is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Glenwood District is one of the city's first modern suburbs.

It earned the distinction because its intact collection of house styles still reflect predominant national trends of its time.

In the early 1800s, Thomasville and Thomas County opened for settlement. 100 years after that, the Glenwood subdivision began developing into much of what is still seen today.

"Thomasville has a rich history and a lot of it is intact architecture that has been recognized," explains Tom Harrison, vice president of the Thomasville Landmarks board.

Now the Glenwood district is named in the country's official list of Historic Places.

"We always knew our neighborhood was special," admits Glenwood resident Sophie Garland. "But it's great that it has been added to the registry. We should always treasure our history."

Sophie Garlands says she was thrilled to find out the neighborhood she moved to five years ago is now nationally recognized for what drew her there in the first place.

"I think it's really great for the neighborhood. We have a really unique neighborhood that is a lot of fun."

Harrison agrees, "We just felt that the resources in Glenwood are significant and deserved the protection by the recognition of the historic registry."

The recognition will now make the neighborhood eligible for special tax incentives and grants.

"It doesn't limit the rights of the private property owners at all," Harrison says. "Promoting and preserving architecture really makes Thomasville unique."

Garland hopes the new title will encourage people maintain the neighborhood's signature landscaping and upkeep on its various styles of houses.

"I've heard people say that there used to be victory gardens in everyone's yards. It's neat. There's so many things I'd love to learn and this will probably help people learn."

And continue to serve as a model for historic preservation and future planned developments.

The National Register provides formal recognition of a property's architectural, historical, or archaeological significance.

It also ensures historic properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects.

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