Fort Hawkins Restoration – Macon GA

Description

Between 1935 and 1938, the WPA performed structural renovation and historic restoration work at this site. From Wikipedia:

From 1928, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Macon Kiwanis Club raised funds to create a replica of one of the blockhouses to memorialize the fort. In 1933 the government began archaeological excavations at the Ocmulgee Old Fields, supported by workers and funding of the US Works Progress Administration (WPA) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. In 1936, one of the archaeologists, Gordon R. Willey, did enough work at Fort Hawkins to establish the original “footprint” of the southeast blockhouse. Construction of a replica blockhouse was completed as a WPA project in 1938. Some of the original stones were recovered to be used in the basement section. The upper floors were made of concrete formed to simulate the original wood timbers, intended to be more durable at a time of uncertain funding for historic work.

Source notes

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Work Projects Administration, Information Service, Primary File, 1936-42, Box 15, Folder 290-B. 

Fort Hawkins website

Wikipedia

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on July 28, 2015.

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Location Info


Fort Benjamin Hawkins
Macon, Georgia 31217

Coordinates: 32.848879, -83.611894

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