Resora Master Plan
New Communities, LLC
New Communities is a nationally-recognized grassroots organization, founded by Shirley and Charles Sherrod, which has spent more than 50 years empowering African American families in Southwest Georgia. This 1,638-acre former plantation will be transformed into the organization's base of operations, a farm for education and production and a center for social justice.
The property’s rolling fields, orderly orchards, and moss-draped cypress trees surround an 85-acre lake, antebellum mansion, guest houses, and working barns. But the site was organized for a different time; a relic of the Old South in need of a fresh vision. Drawing on Perkins+Will’s assistance in storytelling, strategic planning, architecture, landscape and brand design, the Master Plan reframes the historic site as the beginning of a more just and equitable story. The plan connects people to the land, to their history, and to each other in new ways.
Designed to “Preserve Farm Culture,” the heart of Resora is a farm laboratory for research, innovation and education in agriculture and agribusiness. A central retreat and conference center are envisioned as an international destination for research, knowledge-sharing, and cross-cultural collaboration. As it grows into a model for viable, sustainable rural development, Resora will be a place where, as the group’s founder Shirley Sherrod puts it, “we can both farm the land and also nurture the minds of people.”