Tennessee Preservation Trust

Past Conferences:

Ann Roberts accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Statewide Preservation Conference. TPT’s marquee program is the Statewide Preservation Conference. Thanks to sponsor support from the Tennessee Historical Commission, preservation enthusiasts and supporters are able to gather each year in a different city or town in the state.

Past host communities include Cookeville (2013), Nashville (2012), Collierville (2011), Greeneville (2010), Murfreesboro (2009), Columbia (2008), Franklin (2007), Knoxville (2006), Chattanooga (2005), Nashville (2004), Memphis (2003), Jonesborough and Johnson City (2002), Columbia (2001), and Franklin (2000). In addition to formal sessions, workshops, and tours, there are also numerous opportunities to network and share time with a variety of people—-from Main Street directors to local preservation organization members to interested citizens and neighborhood supporters.

Past Conference Brochures:

2007 Franklin

After seven years, the conference returned to Franklin on March 29-31, 2007. The theme was “Keeping the Place in Place: How Heritage Enriches Our Communities.” Once again, the Tennessee Main Street Summit was held in conjunction with the conference. Events began Thursday afternoon with registration and exhibits opening at Franklin City Hall, which served as Conference Headquarters. A Main Street Managers’ Meeting kicked off the sessions, with a limited attendance overview bus tour of Franklin offered from 1-5. “An Evening at Carnton” was the theme of the opening reception Thursday at the renowned historic Carnton Plantation. This event was generously sponsored by Carnton.

On Friday morning, the keynote speaker was Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. His speech was titled “The Dollars and Sense of Preserving Community Character.” Mr. McMahon also presented a workshop on sustainable tourism on Friday. Another major offering for Friday was a variety sessions sponsored by TDOT on historic bridges and the importance of the context sensitive design process. The second Annual Preservation Leadership Luncheon took place mid-day Friday. This popular event was generously sponsored by the City of Franklin. On Friday evening, the 2006-2007 Statewide Preservation Awards were presented, and then the Rafter Raiser Gala celebration with live and silent auction capped off the evening. The Saturday plenary was presented by A. Philip Morris of Birmingham, Alabama, noted former editor of Southern Living. Other Saturday sessions included a Certified Local Government Roundtable and a session on historic building diagnostics. Additionally, conference participants learned about historic stone wall repair through an informational session and by viewing a workshop being done by the Dry Stone Conservancy of Lexington, Ky. The 2007 conference concluded with an optional limited attendance afternoon bus tour of rural preservation examples in Williamson County, including a visit to Leiper’s Fork.


On April 20-22 in Knoxville, the 2006 conference was held with over 175 participants. The theme for 2006 was “Vintage Buildings Make Vibrant Communities.” Kennedy Smith, principal of the CLUE Group and former director of the National Main Street Center and the League of Historic American Theatres was the keynote speaker. Heather MacIntosh, president of Preservation Action in Washington, DC was also a featured speaker. Other nationally-recognized speakers included Valecia Crisafulli and Kirk Carrison of the National Trust and Kathy Frazier of Frazier and Associates in Staunton, VA. “This is really the largest single event of the year for Tennessee’s preservation community,” notes TPT Executive Director Patrick McIntyre. “It’s a chance for everyone from across the state— from historic neighborhood residents and history buffs to preservation professionals— to come together, learn, and share ideas.”

Attendees of the Missionary Ridge tour braved the rain to hear Jim Ogden, Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, explain the ridge’s strategic position.


Attendees of the Missionary Ridge tour at the 2005 Conference braved the rain to hear Jim Ogden, Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, explain the ridge's strategic position. The 2005 conference was hailed by one conference veteran as “our best program yet.” The theme was “Preservation in the 21st Century: Managing Growth and Change.” Nationally known speakers Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics and Hector Abreu of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation were among the many presenters at the conference held in downtown Chattanooga in early April. Educational sessions focused on economic incentives, downtown development, neighborhood revitalization, land conservation, building restoration, and historic zoning.

As in previous years, the program included field tours—an outstanding Thursday afternoon visit to beautifully restored historic homes on Missionary Ridge and a tour of three in-town neighborhoods in Chattanooga. Commenting on the tour of Missionary Ridge, 2005 Conference Chair Annie McDonald stated, “Many of these homes date to the first phase of residential construction on the Ridge in the late 1800s.” The tour of Missionary Ridge included some of the best examples of restoration in Chattanooga as well as a stop at the only house in Tennessee designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.