Historic Preservation: The process of identifying, protecting, enhancing, and interpreting buildings, structures, sites, objects, districts, and landscapes of historic and cultural significance.
Georgia Historic Preservation Act of 1980: “the historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of this state is among its most valued and important assets and the preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people.”
Historic Property: A district, site, building, structure or object that is eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Restoration: Restoration is the act or process of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period.
Preservation: The act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity and materials of a historic property. Work, including preliminary measures to protect and stabilize the property, generally focuses upon the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction. New exterior additions are not within the scope of this treatment; however, the limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a preservation project.
Conservation: Conservation encompasses the protection and long-term preservation of culturally significant sites, structures, objects, or artifacts in the effort to retain them at their current state in time. This includes examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care.
Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation is the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.
Historic Woolsey Church History and Restoration
National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Historic Preservation Act
Federal Historic Preservation Laws, Regulations, and Orders
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Georgia Historic Preservation Division
The Georgia Historic Preservation Act