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Take a Virtual Trip to the Bucolic Farmlands of Georgia

The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has a sprawling mission. One need only take a quick glance at its website and the wide-ranging major programs that are shown to fall under its purview- Archaeology, Community Assistance, Economic Incentives, the National Register & Survey and Review & Compliance- to understand the breadth of its responsibilities. The stewardship of those resources that tell Georgia's story and preserve physical manifestations of its history is a vital function, and one that the HPD does in a number of creative ways. One example is their Centennial Farm Awards, which recognize working farms in Georgia that are at least 100 years old, with special honors given to farms that have been owned by the same family for that period of time. There is an excellent photo essay of the 2011 Centennial Farm Awards on Flickr. Take a few minutes and transport yourself to a side of Georgia that, while easily forgotten in the age of Twitter, still thrives.