Fairview opens to update community on restoration progress

A teacher’s desk display at the Fairview School’s first grade building in Cave Spring is part of the history visitors can see at the restored facility.

Cave Spring and Cedartown are among the 13 communities that will share more than $75,000 in tourism product development funds through an Explore Georgia grant.

Joyce Perdue-Smith, chairman of the Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corp., said the historic African-American school in Cave Spring received $8,000 to help enhance access to the restored school grounds off Padlock Mountain Road.

The funds will be used to a build an ADA-compliant ramp, sidewalks and porches.

Perdue-Smith said the organization decided to apply for the grant after being included in an Economic Development Assessment of the Cave Spring area performed by state officials for the city a year ago.

Edward Guzman, assistant city manager in Cedartown, said his city received $7,000 to purchase a mobile stage and lighting.

“The portable stage will allow us to enhance our outdoor festivals and concerts,” Guzman said. “If we are still dealing with this virus into 2021, then the portable stage will also allow the performing arts center to hold outdoor events where we can space out people better.”

The portable stage and lighting equipment will also be used by the Cedartown Performing Arts Center for their shows/concerts.

The tourism division of the state’s Department of Economic Development announced the awards last week.The program helps communities boost their appeal as a tourist destination and leverage that as a driver of economic impact.

“While Georgia’s tourism industry has felt the painful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing funding for these 13 projects the tourism product development grants will support the safe recovery of the industry throughout the entire state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.

Other recipients of the 2021 Tourism Product Development Community Funding Program are:

6th Cavalry Museum African American WAC Mural – Fort Oglethorpe

African American Cultural Center – Brunswick

Banner & Cemetery – Randolph County

Centennial Trail & City Park – Twin City

Chickamauga Canoe Launch Park – Catoosa County

River Water Trail – Meriwether County

Historic District & Trail Signage – Dallas

Madison Morgan Conservancy’s Madison Morgan Meander Bike Tour – Madison

Mulberry Riverwalk Signage – Braselton

Wayfinding – Hawkinsville

Wayfinding – Griffin

This year, Explore Georgia worked to provide more grants to more communities to assist in the tourism industry’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Associate Editor Doug Walker contributed to this report.

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