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Help Save Historic Beech Haven – Athens’ Hidden Treasure!

Beech Haven is one of the finest examples of the Arts and Crafts style of both buildings and grounds, not only in Athens, Georgia, but in the entire southeastern United States.

Developed in the early 20th century along the Middle Oconee River, the former Rowland family summer retreat is truly a wonderland of arts and crafts-inspired buildings, structures, and landscape features, as well as a horticultural and botanical dream, but it is in danger.

~ To preserve it we need your help. ~

More than 90 acres of the original property is now protected as part of Athens-Clarke County‘s greenway network, and, while it is not yet open to the public, Beech Haven is expected to become an important community amenity in the future. Unfortunately, no public funds are currently available to do the work needed to save two of the property’s landmark structures – the Summer House (see above) and the Camelback Bridge.

To preserve these structures and to ensure they are part of Beech Haven’s—and Athens’— future, the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation has stepped in to raise $55,000 needed for their stabilization and preservation.

Please donate today and help save this piece of Athens’ history before it is lost forever!

Here’s how to donate:
Send your tax-deductible contribution to a special fund established for this project by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. Checks can be mailed to: Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, 489 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601. Click here to donate online.

Questions? Contact ACHF at 706.353.1801 or e-mail

Announcing the 2014 Athens Heritage Walks Tour Series!

Heritage Walks

Athens Heritage Walks, sponsored by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, is a series of guided tours of historic places that celebrate each site’s unique
architecture, culture, and history.

Click here for detailed information about tours and tour guides, schedules,
and to download an order form.

Tours are limited to 25 participants unless otherwise indicated.
Reservations are required.

Ticket Prices
$12 ACHF Member | $15 Nonmember | $10 for 10 or more series reservations

Making reservations is easy:
(1) Download an order form to mail in: AHW Order Form.
(2) Make your reservations online: AHW Reservations Online Today!
(3) Contact Amy Kissane at 706-353-1801 or to make your reservations over the phone.
Questions? Call 706-353-1801 or e-mail us at

Athens Heritage Walks 2014 presents…
Dearing Street • Steven Brown & Theresa Flynn • Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery • Al Hester • Oconee Hill Cemetery • Charlotte Thomas Marshall • Old Athens Cemetery and Circle Gallery • Janine Duncan • Seeing Green: Neighborhood Parks • Mary Stakes & Andrew Saunders • University Drive • Lucy Rowland

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