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Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton, GA received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Restoration at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Annual Meeting held in Macon, Georgia on October 9th, 2021.
The Georgia Trust had identified Zion Church as a “Place in Peril” in 2011. Because Zion had no congregation, the Diocese deeded it to the Georgia Trust in 2019 who in turn deeded it to Zion Church Restoration, Inc., a non-profit. Georgia Trust holds a conservation easement. The outside of Zion was in critical condition. Bill Caudill Construction in Hamilton, GA and a St. Nicholas member did an incredible job of restoring Zion. The Restoration Cost was around $300,000. Funds were raised through various sources including a grant from Historic Columbus Foundation and generous individuals.
The Chattahoochee Valley Convocation and the Talbotton Community have been very supportive and encouraging throughout their efforts. There is so much more to tell about Zion’s revitalization and restoration. But be assured, 1848 Zion Episcopal Church is alive and well.