The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will showcase the rich history and architecture of Dalton during The Georgia Trust Expedition on Saturday, Aug. 10.

During a day-long self-guided tour, guests will tour some of Dalton’s most historic private homes, buildings and sites.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a brief historical orientation at the Wink Theatre (115 W. Crawford St.), which was built in 1941 to be a smaller version of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

Following the orientation, guests can tour historic private homes in the Murray Hill-Thornton Avenue Historic District, which features a variety of Queen Anne, Tudor and Colonial Revival houses, and the McCarty Subdivision Historic District, one of the earliest planned residential subdivisions in Dalton.

Guests will also explore historically significant buildings and sites, including the 1848 Clisby-Austin House and the Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, a former Places in Peril site made famous by the Great Locomotive Chase.

Guests will enjoy lunch from their choice of participating downtown eateries with a $10 lunch voucher included in the ticket price.

The Expedition concludes with a special closing reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Bandy Heritage Center at the restored 1911 Freight Depot building in downtown Dalton.

The Georgia Trust Dalton Expedition is $50 for Georgia Trust members and $60 for non-members and includes lunch and the closing reception. Tour-only tickets that do not include lunch and the reception are also available for $25. Attendees under 40 can purchase tickets for $40, which includes lunch and the closing reception. Walk-up tickets may be purchased the morning of the event for an additional $10 at the Wink Theatre. For more information or to register, visit or call (404) 885-7812.

Proceeds from the Expedition support the many preservation and educational programs of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

About Georgia Trust Expeditions

A Georgia Trust Expedition invites members and guests to explore a Georgia town located off the beaten path. These day-long, self guided tours are designed to reflect a town's unique history and development by including a variety of historic sites, from vernacular homesteads to historic industrial sites to grand homes, as well as historic landscapes and natural features. Expeditions educate participants about Georgia's small town heritage while celebrating ongoing preservation and revitalization efforts.

About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use.

As one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations, the Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s Places in Peril.

The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals with the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).

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