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Historic Westville Village
is about to leave Lumpkin
The video report from The Journal seen below is from October 2014 when the "Keep Westville in Lumpkin" group was fighting to prevent the Historic Westville Village from being uprooted. Sadly, their efforts were not fruitfull and buildings are set to begin being moved in the near future. (See the story below, and in the April 19, 2017 issue of The Journal for details.)

From the April 19, 2017 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   For almost a half century Lumpkin has been the home of a very special "town within a town" as the location of Westville, a living history museum where it's always 1850. The village houses 30 authentically restored and furnished antebellum homes/buildings on 82 acres of land.
   The "village" closed to the public at the end of 2016 and now final preparations are being made to move it to Columbus, in spite of strong objections by the people of Lumpkin and Stewart County.
   The "Keep Westville in Lumpkin" group formed a number of years ago to fight the move, but in less than two weeks, on May 1, the first building is scheduled to be carefully loaded up and hauled away to its new location on South Lumpkin Road across from the National Infantry Museum and near the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. The relocation of the village is expected to cost at least $7 million.
   According to the Executive Director Leo Goodsell, the decision was made in large part due to a sharp decline in attendance, donations, and overall revenue. Officials also say the new site will be more convenient to tourists and will thereby do a better job of fulfilling the mission of sharing its history.
   Many locals, however, don't see it that way. They ... The rest of the story.