Glen Mary is distinguished by its splendid antebellum classical architecture and its strikingly beautiful rural setting. Preservation America intends to restore and preserve Glen Mary and its plantation landscape, a piece of our national heritage, and adapt the site to an educational purpose. Central to attaining these goals is the development of programs of specialized education both for academics as well as other persons with interests in ecology and the environment, heritage agriculture and horticulture. Our vision is to protect the environment surrounding Glen Mary and become a destination for the advancement of education. To that end Preservation America is planning to establish the Glen Mary Environmental Education Program which would be a nationally important center, a collaborative effort among The University of Georgia's new College of Environment and Design, Georgia College and State University, and Preservation America.

In the creation of an environmental program the first step is land ownership. Even a partial reunification of the antebellum plantation lands would provide sufficient land to develop the program to the scale we envision. The land like the mansion would be an educational tool representing a paradigm of Preservation America's mission. The land would host the environmental education facility. The land is also home to the wildlife, forests, creeks and potential nature program's studies. A derelict plantation would be found and then relocated and restored on this tract of land and would serve as classrooms and accommodations for visiting scholars. Glen Mary provides a distinctive environmental venue, one, which clearly demonstrates man's dependence on nature the synergy between the natural environment and the cultural environment. The agricultural fields and various gardens which sustained plantation life would be areas of research and study, as would be the subject of heritage crops.

The Glen Mary Environmental Education Program has the enthusiastic support and collaboration of Dr. Ronald Carroll, Director of the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia and Dr. Anne Gormley Vice president of Georgia College and State University. Preservation America is committed to the philosophy of conservation of the environment and education.

One of the principal current goals of Preservation America is the restoration of the parterre gardens to their discoverable original state. Authenticity cannot be achieved without professional, learned research. In that connection, Dr. Daniel T. Elliot of the Lamar Institute completed a preliminary archaeological study over several days in September 2004, instructed by Dr. David Crass, State Archeologist at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historical Division. Mrs. Janet Coleman, Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia and created the proposed design for the restoration of the original antebellum gardens. We include here some interesting photographs of the archeological work. Click on "Architecture and Landscape" for some photographs of Mrs. Coleman's design and work.

Parenthetically, we add that this is but the first of a series of contemplated scientific archeological and research projects which will deal with other important aspects of resurrection of the plantation to close to original as practical and possible. A number of Universities have already contributed to this goal and others, with historic archeology departments have these under consideration.

Preservation America is additionally engaged in several important educational and cultural projects and activities. In collaboration with the same two universities mentioned above, Glen Mary intends to become a national center for study and research in an area which had not been fully investigated namely "Southern Plantation Architecture, Landscape Architecture and the Decorative Arts 1830- World War I". This area of study necessarily involves a close evaluation of the societal and economy and artistic evolution of the region for the years before and after the Civil War. Preservation America is presently amassing a library and bibliography and is performing considerable research into the remarkable personal and cultural histories associated with Glen Mary. The mansion facility will house a data base and library available to scholars.

These educational activities will tend to assure continuity of this important endeavor and reduce the potential for further attrition of America's cultural monuments through apathy or inactivity in the future.