Who wants to make lemonade? It’s been challenging trying to find a remedy for the Dart house. The chamber acted out of duty and responsibility and so has Historic Brunswick Foundation, the family and community. While fundraising fell short, it was not due to lack of generous community effort. Everyone has heavy hearts.
The community and chamber recognize the historical significance of the home and Brunswick’s rich heritage. We can’t allow it to be forgotten. Where this landmark stood is of historical significance, the home of the first structure built on the east side over 140 years ago. At the very least, the chamber and residents must have a sense of duty that compels us to preserve the significant history, in a published historical record. We request the chamber collaborate with Historic Brunswick Foundation on such a book, including a prologue from the chamber citing the importance of preserving and restoring the rich history that is downtown Brunswick.
When the chamber builds on the land, it would be a respectful nod to the community that there be a plaque stating the significance of the Dart house. W.R. Dart’s father did gift land to six of the downtown churches and was a founding father of Brunswick.
Lastly, the $30,000 earnest money should be returned.The foundation that raised it will continue on with efforts in preserving our heritage.
St. Simons Island