Petition to Preserve Brunswick, GA's History
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To the Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Building committee, Executive Board and Board of Directors,
We can all agree that this has been a challenging few years trying to find a remedy when it came to the Dart House. The Chamber has acted out of duty and responsibility and so has Historic Brunswick Foundation, the Dart Family and members of the community. While fundraising fell short to purchase the home, it was not due to a lack of generous community effort. Everyone involved has heavy hearts.
Because both the community and Chamber recognize the historical significance of the home and Brunswick’s rich heritage none of us should allow it to be forgotten. The site where this landmark stood will always be of historical significance, the home of first structure built on the peninsula over 140 years ago. At the very least, Glynn County Chamber, representatives and residents must have a sense of duty to compel us to preserve the significant history of the Dart House and our founding fathers, in a published historical record. We are requesting that the Chamber collaborate with HBF on such a book, including a prologue from the Chamber citing the importance of preserving and restoring the rich history that is Downtown Brunswick.
If the Chamber were to build a new structure for themselves on the land, it would be a respectful nod to the community that there be a plaque stating the significance of the Dart House on the front of the building. WR Dart’s father did gift land to at least 6 of the downtown churches and was a founding father to the city of Brunswick.
Lastly, we request that the $30,000 earnest money be returned to the Historic Brunswick Foundation so that they may continue on with their efforts in preserving our heritage. We know that you are not legally bound to do so but as a show of goodwill and wanting to work together towards the betterment of our city, we are requesting this.
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