Karen Smithwick and Jennifer Bagwell were honored at the Historic Preservation Awards Banquet as the 2014 Historical Society Volunteers of the Year for their work in the community.
Cherokee County Historical Society Executive Director Stefanie Joyner said the organization was pleased to recognize Smithwick and Bagwell for their service.
“Karen and her daughter, Jennifer, have volunteered for the Historical Society for over eight years,” Joyner said. “They have both served on the board of directors and donated hundreds of hours on numerous committees, including those for marketing and membership and the American Girl Tea.”
Four homeowners were also recognized for their “outstanding work in historic preservation” of sites in Cherokee, Joyner said.
The annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet is held in honor of the volunteers and historic sites which Joyner said give “residents a sense of place” and are “critical in maintaining a unique identity in suburban Atlanta.”
Boy Scout Troop 241 was honored for working to preserve the McCanless Park Scout Hut, located in Canton.
The Scout Hut was built in 1940 by the McCanless family, in honor of William McCanless — Canton’s first known Eagle Scout.
“Boy Scout Troop 241 has renovated the Scout Hut, taking care to maintain the historic integrity while making necessary upgrades to keep it functional for an active scout troop,” Joyner said.
The Fackler-Hendrix Home in Canton was also honored at the banquet.
“This Craftsman-style home was built in 1923 by Newman and Edna Fackler. It stayed in the Fackler family until the late 1980s when it was purchased by Quinn and Martha Hendrix,” Joyner explained. “Martha lived in the home until 2010 and began the renovation that was completed by her son Greg and his wife Katherine.”
Ball Ground officials were recognized for the historic Ball Ground City Gym, built in 1948 and 1949 for the Ball Ground School, which was upgraded to be used as a community center while maintaining its historic significance.
“The city of Ball Ground purchased the gym when the school closed in 2012 and made extensive repairs to the roof, upgraded the electrical system and refinished the floors,” Joyner said. “It has truly become a community center and is being used for over 16 games a week.”
The R & M Hoagie Shop, located in downtown Canton, was also honored at the banquet.
“This one-story brick building was built prior to 1918, and it was used as a barbershop in the 1930s and 1940s and as the R & M Hoagie Shop since the 1970s,” Joyner said. “Mike Deluca and his family completed a renovation of the building, exposing the old brick walls and original wood floors and removing the dropped ceiling to reveal the original ceiling and skylight.”
The 2014 banquet was held at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center at The Bluffs.