Environment



We believe people can live more fully when connected to Nature’s wonders.

Nestled within the rolling Chattahoochee Hill Country in Georgia, Serenbe is a community that strives to be a living part of our natural surroundings, not something to be built at Nature's expense. We recognize how much we need Nature in our lives: we need fresh air, fresh food, trees and grass around us. Being grounded and connected to Nature allows us to live healthier and more fruitful lives. More importantly, Nature binds us all together in our humanity. 

The reverence and integration of Nature as a critical component of our work is an uncompromising pillar of all that we do. At full development, more than 700 acres of Serenbe's greenspace and wetlands will be designated as protected land. The Serenbe Institute is charged with not only ensuring the protection and maintenance of this invaluable asset for our community, but also designing programs that engage and educate our residents, neighbors and visitors about the land that we call home. 

Saturday, December 2

The Pre-historic and Historic Native American Sites at Serenbe

Long before the Chattahoochee Hills region was settled by white farmers, Native American cultures had inhabited the area for thousands of years. Mississipian mound-building cultures established towns along the Chattahoochee River and other major waterways, and after European contact these lands were occupied by the Muscogee-Creek Indians. 

Join us Saturday, December 2nd as we explore this fascinating history. Jeff Bishop, an author and public historian will give a background on A History of Native American Settlement in Coweta County. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Bishop is executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, and has served as president of the Georgia chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. Following the presentation, participants will hike to three special areas, guided by Alfred Vick, the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia and Thomas Peters, the new Landscape and Natural Resources Manager at Serenbe.

This environmental education event will provide participants with a glimpse into the past, and provide cultural and environmental context for the present generation of people who live in this beautiful place.  Come along as we visit and explore:

  • The “Mound:" Alfred Vick will talk about traditional Cherokee / Creek settlements and the significance of role of mounds
  • Rivercane: Thomas Peters will talk about rivercane, a native species of bamboo found in floodplains, and its significance to Southeastern Indian cultures
  • The Granite Basin: an area of unknown origins, suspected to have been used in food processing

There will be refreshments during the lecture, and a wine reception after the hike. Tickets for the lecture only are $10. Tickets for both the lecture and the hike are also $10 and limited to 30 people, so reserve yours quickly.

For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.

Speaker bios:

W. Jeff Bishop, an author and public historian, has lived most of his life in Coweta County. He has written a number of books and plays, as well as many hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.  As executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Bishop heads programming, exhibits and development at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum and the Newnan History Center at the Historic Train Depot. He has served as president of the Georgia chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and has also written for the Newnan Times-Herald newspaper and various other newspapers and magazines.

Thomas Peters is the Landscape and Natural Resources Manager at Serenbe. He earned his Master of Landscape Architecture and Certificate in Native American Studies from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Tennessee.  Thomas has extensive experience in landscape design and construction as well as the ecological restoration of endangered canebrake ecosystems. His graduate thesis on canebrake restoration was awarded the Excellence in Research Award from UGA.

Alfred Vick is the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia. He is a licensed landscape architect and a LEED Fellow. His work focuses on preserving and enhancing the functioning of natural systems while effectively and attractively integrating human use. At the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design he teaches landscape ecology and sustainable design and collaborates with other researchers in the Sustainability and Landscape Performance Lab.  His academic research focuses on green infrastructure and sustainable site design, native plant communities, and American Indian ethnobotany.