Georgia Coastal Field Studies
This program is a three week intensive course that serves as an introduction to the field of Historic Preservation along with skills in site documentation, hands=on conservation techniques, and conservation strategies for cultural resources on Georgia’s coast. Techniques of measuring will consist of traditional hand measuring and Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping. Conservation skills include carpentry, masonry, epoxy, and painting. Site visits to Sapelo Island, Cumberland Island, Fort Frederica, and other sites will examine differing approaches to conservation and interpretation.
The primary location for field work of May 2015 was the Brunswick, Georgia, where faculty and students continued to work on 19th century historic properties in conjunction with the Historic Brunswick Foundation. We generated measured drawings of building and their sites, and performed restoration on the historic Smith House. Relatively inexpensive housing was available on Jekyll Island. Minimal additional costs covered boat rides, site admissions, etc.
In 2016 students also made efforts to preserve a house in Brunswick, to prevent further degradation. For the full article on the house, click here.