In 1995, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the Shields-Ethridge Farm a $2,000 Preservation Services Fund grant for the preparation of a Landscape Master Plan. This plan, prepared by Robinson Fisher Associates, Inc. provided recommendations on enhancements to the Farm that would preserve its historic context.
The master plan also identified potential sites for a welcome center, parking, nature trails, and other facilities. These enhancements and additions are intended to accommodate increased demand for visitation to the Farm.
The Preservation Services Fund grant is one of two grants received by the Shields-Ethridge Farm for historic preservation prepared by the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center (RDC).