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As It Was: Georgia Curran Scott Lind Helps Preserve Jacksonville

Georgia Curran Scott Lind was born in California, grew up in Washington State, and moved at age 51 to Southern Oregon in 1969.  A trained nutritionist, she had already worked for the Works Project Administration and the Department of Agriculture.  In Oregon, she became a school counselor, volunteered for the Britt Music Festival, and helped revive the town of Jacksonville.

After first earning a master’s degree in educational psychology, Georgia moved from California to the Applegate Valley with her then husband, Ed Scott, and became a counselor at Central Point High School.  At first, they lived in a cold miner’s shack, but when a friend offered to sell them her historic home in Jacksonville, they never looked back.

An early member of the volunteer Britt Society, Georgia helped dig out poison oak on Britt Hill where concerts were held on a bare wooden platform under a tarp.  She was active in community service projects and served as the town planning commissioner.

A few years earlier, preservationists prevailed, stopping the removal of 11 historic buildings.

Present-day Jacksonville can be traced to the work of Georgia and others like her.

Sources: Kingsnorth, Carolyn. "Georgia Curran Scott Lind - 20th Century Pioneer." The Jacksonville Review, Oct. 2014, jacksonvillereview.com/georgia-curran-scott-lind-20th-century-pioneer/. Accessed 25 Oct. 2019.  

Sharon Bywater of Ashland, Oregon grew up in Southern California. She taught English literature and writing at Syracuse University in New York, where she also wrote and edited adult literacy books and published freelance articles in local media. Later, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked as an international telecommunications policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has Master’s degrees in English and Communications Management.