Between fall 2011 and fall 2012, the society worked with Silliman and his staff with the intention of uncovering evidence about what happened there before, during and soon after the Civil War.
Terminus used advanced archaeological techniques and historic research to investigate claims concerning the site’s unique history. The property was originally named for the family of Hardy Pace, an early settler of Cobb County for whom Paces Ferry and Paces Mill roads were named.
The archaeological investigation of the Pace House, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, has been able to clarify much of the property’s history, including the role it played in Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s 1864 Atlanta campaign of the Civil War.
“The project’s overall significance lies in the idea of exploring long-held beliefs,” Silliman said. “The Vinings Historic Preservation Society really acted in the best interest of the property.”
In April, the Midtown-based Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation gave the society an award for demonstrating excellence in ensuring the preservation of a historic property. The honor, presented at the 2013 Georgia Statewide Preservation Conference in Milledgeville, recognized an archaeological investigation and historical research commissioned by the society at the Pace House property.
Information: Gillian Greer, (770) 432-3343 or www.vinings.org.