Royal joins Georgia Trust board of trustees

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

Managing Editor 

Jane E. Royal of Madison has been elected to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees. Royal is rejoining the Georgia Trust Board of Trustees after becoming first involved in 2012. While on the board, Royal chaired the Places in Peril committee, traveling to all 10 sites across the state each year. She also chaired the Preservation Gala in 2019 and the Madison Ramble in 2013. Royal owns and operates Madison Markets, a popular upscale antique and interiors store, the James Madison Inn and the Variety Works historic event space in Madison. 

She and her husband received the Renaissance Award from the Georgia Municipal Association in 2010 and were instrumental in the creation of Madison Town Park, a downtown revitalization project to add a green space and park pavilion. Royal has been involved with the Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club and the Madison-Morgan County Convention Center & Visitors Bureau.

About The Georgia Trust

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use. 

The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” 

The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).  To learn more, visit

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