location and contact

Historic Macon's offices are located in the Sidney Lanier Cottage.

Physical address: 935 High Street, Macon, GA 31201

Mailing address: PO Box 13358, Macon, GA 31208

Phone Number: 478-742-5084 • Fax Number: 478-742-1831


Historic Macon has a team of staffers with diverse backgrounds and a passion for preservation.

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Ethiel Garlington, Executive Director

Prior to joining Historic Macon, Ethiel Garlington served as the Director of Preservation Field Services for Knox Heritage since 2008. During his tenure at Knox Heritage, Garlington founded the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) and provided preservation and economic
development services to the Alliance’s sixteen county region. Among his most prominent accomplishments, Garlington structured a partnership among the Department of Energy, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Tennessee Historical Commission and local officials to enable private developers to invest $4.5 million to save endangered properties from the Manhattan Project to be reused as an assisted living facility.

Garlington holds an undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College and a Master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. He is also a certified Real Estate Development Finance Professional and a certified Travel Marketing Professional. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Beall’s Hill with their son Conway.

Email: egarlington@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Advocacy for endangered places • Preservation planning • Neighborhood revitalization • Economic development and financing • Grants and major gifts

Staff contact for Board of Trustees

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Trish Whitley, Director of Development

Trish Barfield Whitley grew up in Macon, attended Bibb Co. public schools, and graduated from Auburn University. Trish has strong ties to the Macon business and non-profit community alike. In fact, years ago Trish served as Macon Heritage Foundation’s Membership and Special Events Coordinator. Trish also served as the Public Relations and Downtown Welcome Center
Manager for the Macon CVB where she promoted Macon’s numerous historic sites and attractions, including the Sidney Lanier Cottage. Prior to joining the Historic Macon staff, Trish worked with her husband, Brian, at their disaster restoration & cleaning company, EnviroClean Services.

Outside of the office, Trish enjoys spending time with Brian and their two boys, Sam and Brice. She and her husband are owners of Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen in downtown Macon.

Email: twhitley@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Membership informationPreservation PartnershipsPlanned giving • Grant writing • Foundation support

Staff contact for Membership Committee

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Sabrinna cox, Preservation Designer

Sabrinna lived in Bluffton, South Carolina for 14 years before moving to Macon to become the Preservation Designer at HMF.  During her time in South Carolina, she made a living as a Set Designer and Props Master for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.  Part-time she worked as a faux finisher working on a number of projects, most notably the lobby of Melrose Inn on Daufuskie Island. 

Recently she returned to school earning a MFA in Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design.  Since graduating she has worked with Lominack Kolman Smith Architects, Celebrate Bluffton, and the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society as well as assisting with rehabilitation projects in and around Savannah.    In her free time, Sabrinna continues to design scenery and museum exhibits for organizations in South Carolina. 

Email: scox@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Primary contact for construction • Designs rehabilitation plans for historic buildings • Manages purchase process for home buyers • Coordinates all fixtures and finishes and acts as liaison to contractors

Staff Contact for Preservation Committee


latachia clay, business and office manager

Latachia Clay was born in Charleston, SC, but spent most of her childhood traveling throughout the US and abroad before pursuing her Associates degree in Political Science at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. After graduating from ABAC, she completed her first Double Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science at Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Iowa. She earned her second Double Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Management from Kaplan Univeristy and then later her MSA at Walden University.

Before joining the HMF family, she worked for Atria Senior Living in Louisville, Kentucky, Colonial Oil in Savannah, Georgia, and Ricoh USA and Birch Communications in Macon.

As much as she loves learning, her favorite time is spent enjoying and educating her daughter, who started her educational foundation here in Macon at Tattnall Square Academy.

Email: lclay@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Accounts receivable and payable • General administration • Record keeping

Staff Contact for Executive and Finance Committee


michael phillips, preservation carpenter

Michael Phillips grew up in Macon attending Bibb County schools before moving to Atlanta. There, he started his apprenticeship in carpentry with Moon Brothers Architects & Craftsmen, Inc. Family ties to Macon brought him back home where he continued to hone his sills as a master carpenter in both historic restoration and high end new construction all over Middle Georgia.

His passion for architectural history and well known expertise in his field led to his joining Historic Macon Foundation in 2015.

In addition to his career, Michael spends time with his wife Donna and their two children, Adam and Noel. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, hiking, and exploring and preserving our natural resources in Georgia whenever possible.

Email: mphillips@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: General contractor for Mill Hill projects • Provides professional carpentry skills to Historic Macon projects


Kim Campbell, Preservation and Education Coordinator

Kim Campbell grew up just south of Hawkinsville, Georgia before studying for her B.A. in history at Mercer University. While at Mercer, Kim pursued interests in film, literature, and historical archaeology, though her research focused on romantic pirate tales in the antebellum south. After graduating from Mercer, Kim attended the University of South Carolina, receiving her M.A. in public history concentrating in historic preservation and her museum management certificate in 2014. Her most recent research focused on the curative architecture of the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum. Kim previously interned and worked with the City of Columbia’s Planning and Development Services Department, the National Park Service, and Historic Columbia Foundation.

Although Kim is a lover of literature and reading, her favorite way to experience history is in person. She and her dog, Doc, love to take walks, hikes, or runs through historic sites and neighborhoods.

Email: kcampbell@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Manages tax credit applications • Plans and executes education events • Creates rehabilitation plans • Completes and updates National Register listings • Staff contact for Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery

Staff contact for Cottage and Education Committee


emily hopkins, special events and marketing coordinator

Emily Hopkins hails from Pendleton, South Carolina, a small town nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Coming from a long line of Tigers, Emily attended Clemson University where she graduated with a bachelor’s in history and an emphasis in public history in 2012. While attending Clemson, Emily coordinated an Appalachian music education program at the Oconee Heritage Center, gave tours of antebellum house museums, and worked in Clemson’s special collections.

Prior to joining the staff at Historic Macon, Emily attended the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Upstate New York where she completed her master’s in museum studies. While at CGP, Emily collected numerous oral histories and made them accessible through public programs and digital media. Additionally, she gained more community engagement experience during her internships at Hyde Hall, Hanford Mills Museum, and the American Association for State and Local History.

In her free time, Emily enjoys cheering on the Clemson Tigers, listening to live music, and volunteering with the Macon Beer Festival and Macon Beer Company.

Email: ehopkins@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Press contact • Plans and executes all fundraising events including Design • Wine • Dine and Flea Market •  Executes friendraising events • Manages all print and digital media • Coordinates all marketing and PR efforts

Staff contact for Events Committee


lauren mauldin, loan fund manager

Lauren Mauldin is a Tifton, GA native who has been fascinated with historic buildings and history since she was a little girl. She followed this passion for history to the University of Georgia where Lauren focused her research on the historic built environment of Athens, Georgia and earned both a B.A. in History and a B.A.J. in Advertising. Lauren holds a M.A. in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) from the University of York in England. While at York, Lauren’s research introduced a new approach to historical study through conservation biography, which facilitated further understanding to inform future preservation decisions of Fairfax House, a Georgian town house. In 2015, Lauren received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the York Conservation Alumni Association for her leadership contributions to the organization. Lauren currently sits on the Board of Directors for Presonomics, and is a past Committee Member of The Traditional Paint Forum.

When Lauren isn’t traveling or stopping suddenly to take an Instagram photo, she can be found with a cup of tea practicing calligraphy.

Email: lmauldin@historicmacon.org

Responsibilities: Manages and markets the facade improvement and energy efficiency loan portfolio • Processes loan fund applications • Point of contact for Mercer Down Payment Assistance, available properties, and Neighborhood Incubator

Staff contact for Loan Committee