Historic Preservation Week in Valdosta

Valdosta is joining other cities across the U.S. celebrating the 32nd Annual National Historic Preservation Week. The Azalea City is making sure their residents take notice of their historical downtown area.

Monday, folks gathered at the Lowndes County Courthouse Square during lunchtime listening to some tunes and relaxing. The "Brown Bag Lunch Concerts" is part of an annual event that gives residents a chance to appreciate downtown Valdosta.

Through the efforts of the city and county government, downtown Valdosta has been revitalized and revamped to preserve its historical look and feel.

“You could see how much people care in restoring and renovating these buildings to put businesses and build homes, we have quite a few people not only own businesses but also live in downtown Valdosta, solidifies their commitment to the area,” says Joe Stevens, an event supporter.

The Valdosta Theater which has live performances, the restaurants, unique shops and beautiful sidewalks has added to the area's prosperity over the years, and events like this give Valdostans a chance to take notice just how nice their historical downtown really is.

Having to park on the street, you walk past galleries, theaters, things like that and you can't help but take notice of them,” says Aaron Strickland.

Live bands will be performing for the rest of the week during lunch hours. Downtown restaurants will be available to sell brown bag lunches.