Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News h a rd s c a p e s Deep in the heart of southern Georgia, in a city with rich history and southern charm, winds the first major trading route to connect Savannah, Ga. with Nashville, Tenn. JR Olive, board member of Friends of Tattnall Square Park, believes that, "This historical road began as a migratory path for mastodons after the Ice Age. Later, the Paleo and Muscogee Indians used it as a hunting trail." Legend has it that eventually this widely used trail was transformed into the Old Federal Highway under President Thomas Jefferson. Today, Tattnall Square Park serves as a testament to this historic trail. Landscape architect Robert Apsley of Macon, Ga. notes, "In a town whose history is so deep, the story behind this path was so worthy of interpretation! Macon has long been a crossroad, but is now proving itself to be a destination." Realizing that the trail's history might soon be forgotten, Friends of Tattnall Square Park united together on a project that included using acidic liquids to create a captivating design on top of existing concrete pads located in the park. "This historical marker has been in the planning stages for 10 years," says JR. He and the community felt that if the two 25-foot diameter concrete pads, installed years prior, didn't show the history of this site – then value would be forever lost. Yet, preserving the park's history would be no easy feat. Not only did the group want a captivating design, they also wanted high-quality products that would withstand the elements and protect the environment. Husband and wife team Bob and Lee Ann Harris, leaders in the decorative concrete industry, were first drawn to the project due to its historical significance. by Leah Meyer, Independent Writer Mastodons Made the First Highway Here The two decorative etched designs on the existing concrete pads in Tattnall Square Park in Macon, Ga., are historic recognition of the path through the park, part of an ancient 540-mile trail trod upon by mastodons, paleo-Indians and later, Creek Indians. In 1805, Thomas Jefferson had the trading path widened to serve as an interstate federal road into the new territories of the Louisiana Purchase. PHOTO CREDITS: ANDY CARTER & BOB HARRIS

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