Thomasville Chapter NSDAR - Member News and Honors

Theresa Brown

Theresa Kindred Brown received the National DAR Historic Preservation Medal and Certificate from Georgia DAR State Regent Joyce Patton (right) and Georgia DAR State Historic Preservation Chair Melinda Wade (Left) at the 2017 Georgia DAR State Conference.


The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Historic Preservation Medal is a national award that recognizes and honors a person who has done extraordinary work over a long period of time in establishing a historic district, preserving a local landmark, restoring or preserving objects of historic cultural significance, or establishing or participating in oral history projects, youth leadership and education, as it pertains to historic preservation, at the regional, state, and/or national level.

This year, the Thomasville Chapter, NSDAR, under Regent Melody Porter and Chapter Historic Preservation Chair Barbara Cohenour, submitted an application recommending Theresa Kindred Brown for this prestigious award. Brown, a 57-year DAR member, was an ideal candidate due to the remarkable work that she has done to save, restore and preserve the historic town of Metcalfe.

Theresa has been involved in many volunteer activities in Thomasville and Thomas County. As Wallace Goodman, director of Pebble Hill Plantation, stated in his letter of recommendation for this award, “This woman of small stature, who carries a big stick, soon organized the Metcalfe Heritage Society (MHS) ... which is now 100 members strong and has spent the last seven years as the chief advocate for saving the town’s historic buildings and has also become a repository for much of the recorded history of the town and its surroundings.”

When the Georgia Trust placed Metcalfe on its list of Places in Peril, Theresa quickly became the “driving force behind the rehabilitation of the small community.”  

Her work with revitalizing Metcalfe has expanded with events, activities and even a grant for civic improvements. She is an inspiration at the national, state and local level of the Daughters of the American Revolution showing how one woman can change the course of a community and therefore, change history.

 

DAR Historic Preservation Award

Sue White received the National DAR Historic Preservation Medal and Certificate in 2015 from Regent Melody Porter
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) awarded the Historic Preservation Medal to Thomasville Chapter DAR member Sue White in 2015. This is the most prestigious preservation award NSDAR presents to individuals who have done extraordinary work in historic preservation over a long period. Only around 35 of these awards are presented each year throughout the United States.

White’s contributions to preserving the heritage of Thomasville through her work at Pebble Hill Plantation and the Lapham-Patterson House have been exemplary. White has been an active member of the Thomasville community and an ardent historic preservationist for over 30 years. She began her work at Pebble Hill Plantation in 1983 and was part of the final team working closely with Parker Poe to ready the property for opening to the public later that year.

Her job quickly turned into a career and then a passion. For over 25 years, she was dedicated to preserving this local landmark just as Elisabeth (Pansy) Ireland Poe, Pebble Hill’s last owner, wanted. She had a small staff, and her enthusiasm was infectious and many volunteers were recruited due to her absolute love of Pebble Hill. Promotion of Pebble Hill as a public site for viewing a 20th century shooting plantation required her to spend hours of research into the history of the property, the family, the buildings, the antiques, the artwork, and the lifestyle.

After retiring from Pebble Hill, White continued her preservation pathway by working part-time at the historic Lapham-Patterson House, which operates under the umbrella of the Thomas County Historical Society. Sue coordinated tours and special events at the house.

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