Carver Village set to earn national distinction

Carver Village set to earn national distinction

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - An area of west Savannah is set to be recognized as a National Register historic neighborhood.

The Carver Village, Carver Heights neighborhood is named for George Washington Carver, as you know, a prominent African-American botanist and inventor who's work and finding alternative uses for crops, like the peanut was revolutionary.

It's an area that families have called home for decades, and is where Savannah Alderman Van Johnson grew up.

Alderman Johnson announced the news during a council work session.

"Savannah is full of historic neighborhoods that have added to Savannah's vitality, and I think this opens up the doors to say, you know what, we are a federally historic place...come by and visit us," said Alderman Johnson. "We have citizens out there who work hard everyday, who raise their children out there everyday. They care about their neighbors. I'm a product of Carver Village, and I think that this is a wonderful achievement, and it just means that this neighborhood is on its way back and we're all in it together."

He says he believes the honor should be coming this fall. The distinction also opens the door for federal preservation grants and tax credits.

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