Two Middle Georgia sites listed as ‘Places in Peril’

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT): Today, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released its 2016 list of 10 "Places of Peril" in the state.

The list includes sites in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and also right here in Bibb and Telfair Counties.

In Macon, Riverside Cemetery made the list. The cemetery was established in 1887 as an alternative to Rose Hill Cemetery and originally consisted of 23 acres. In 1966, I-75 construction split the cemetery into two sections.

According to a news release, the Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to construct a new interchange for I-75 and I-16 that will place retaining walls within feet of graves. They also plan to cut down trees that currently serve as natural barriers to traffic noise and pollution.

Also, according to the same news release, The Gene Theater in Telfair County is in danger as well.

Built in the 1950s, the historic theater was shut down in 2005. There is a leaky roof that has led to deterioration of the building and the current property owners have limited resources to try and restore the theater.