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RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2013

Possum Trot Church Placed on National Schoolhouse Register

The Possum Trot Church on Berry College's Mountain Campus received recognition on May 31for its importance in America's educational history, having met the criteria for inclusion on the National Schoolhouse Register.

The National Schoolhouse Register is the Country School Association of America's (CSAA) list of former or current school buildings it considers worthy of recognition for preservation.

Opened as the Possum Trot Sunday School in 1900, Martha Berry (founder of Berry College) repurposed the Possum Trot Church as a schoolhouse in response to the lack of education in rural communities in northwest Georgia. Regarded as the "cradle of Berry College," Possum Trot Church has been preserved and maintained by Berry College since its closure in 1954. Today, an annual homecoming is held on the property on the third Sunday in September.

Through its National Schoolhouse Registry Program, the CSAA recognizes school buildings that contribute in some positive way to the appreciation and understanding of the country school experience and their unique architectural and historical heritage. Markers are awarded to school buildings that are at least 50 years old, that have been restored, renovated or reconstructed to retain the integrity of their original design, and are well maintained. Listing on the National Schoolhouse Register is an honor bestowed by the CSAA with the intention to give a school building prestige, provide protection in the future and help with eligibility for preservation and other financial incentives.

Oak Hill, the historic estate of Berry College-founder Martha Berry (1865-1942), and The Martha Berry Museum is an award-winning attraction in Rome, Ga. Located at the intersection of Georgia Loop 1 and U.S. Highway 27, Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please visit www.oakhillmuseum.com.

Berry College, founded in 1902, is an independent, coeducational college recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. Located on a magnificent campus encompassing more than 27,000 acres near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges its student body, consisting of more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, to embrace a firsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others.

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Prepared by Dean Haugen, student communications supervisor for Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum.

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