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Kevin Bacon on the set of "The Following."

Kevin Bacon takes a break during shooting for the pilot of “The Following.”

Most alumni can rattle off Berry’s impressive list of film credits – ranging from major motion pictures such as Sweet Home Alabama and Remember the Titans to television’s The Following – but how many know that such productions support historic preservation efforts on campus?

A recent article by the Georgia Studio Alliance played a game of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” to illustrate how production fees from an on-campus shoot – in this case, the pilot for The Following –  supplemented gifts from friends and alumni such as the Daughters of Berry and the Daughters of the American Revolution to help fund the renovation of Roosevelt Cabin. Read article.

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David Crook of Mike Crook Garden and Stone uses a mixture of clay composed of Berry sand, quicklime and sawdust to seal the walls of Roosevelt Cabin. (Photo by student Lauren Neumann.)

A preservation and restoration effort years in the making is breathing new life into Berry’s iconic Roosevelt Cabin. Built in 1902, the structure has served many purposes during the past century, but it is most famous for hosting former President Teddy Roosevelt during his 1910 visit to Berry.

The restoration process, which entered its final stages this summer, began about 10 years ago thanks to a donation from the Jarrett family and grants from the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Historical Preservation Division. According to Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), consultant for the project and former director and curator of Historic Berry, the work included rebuilding the foundation, replacing multiple logs, reconstruction of the roof frame, addition of a new roof, restoration of all the windows and doors, and application of new chinking.

Those attending Mountain Day will get a look at the restored Roosevelt Cabin during an open house scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.

Media coverage: Restoring the past

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Amelia Earhart

Three years before disappearing over the Pacific while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, Amelia Earhart (third from right) posed with Martha Berry during a 1934 visit to Berry.

If the results of our latest Alumni Accent poll are any indication, Berry alumni LOVE their campus landmarks!

Our January question – Which Berry landmark is your favorite? – drew unprecedented response. Two mountain campus favorites – Frost Chapel and the Old Mill – led the way, each drawing 30 percent of the vote. Ford Dining Hall was next with 21 percent, followed by the House ‘o Dreams (9 percent), Oak Hill (6 percent), Possum Trot (2 percent) and Roosevelt Cabin (2 percent).

This month, we turn our attention from famous places to famous people. Scroll to the footer to tell us which notable Berry visitor you would most like to have met.

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