Tennessee Preservation Trust

Recent News from TPT:

Bill Aims to Support Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings Across Tennessee

Posted: 04/04/2017
Statewide Coalition Encourages Passage by the Tennessee General Assembly Nashville, April 3, 2017 – A statewide coalition of historic preservation advocates, property owners, developers, community revitalization and business leaders is leading an effort to create a new financial incentive for the rehabilitation of historic buildings in ... Read more >

Power of Place Benefit Concert

Posted: 03/14/2017
Join us March 23rd at the the Bluebird Cafe for a benefit concert for the Tennessee Preservation Trust’s Power of Place program. Legendary singers and songwriters Beth Neilsen Chapman, Kathy Mattea, Mary Gauthier and Don Henry will perform at the world famous Bluebird. Tickets go on sale March 16 at www.bluebirdcafe.com. $20 per person. ... Read more >

Ed Bearss to Speak During NPS Centennial Celebration

Posted: 08/17/2016
Nashville is honored to have an icon of the National Park Service in town while the Centennial celebration of the National Park Service (1916 – 2016) is taking place across the country the week of August 21st. Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and one of America’s preeminent Civil War historians, will give a talk on the ... Read more >

Free Workshop on New Digital Collection About Women's Voting Rights

Posted: 08/09/2016
Tennessee played a pivotal role in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. During a hot summer in 1920, Tennessee became the final state needed to meet a requirement that three-fourths of states approve the amendment in order for it to become federal law. Genny Carter, a librarian at the ... Read more >

80th Anniversary Of Norris Dam Celebrates Tennessee's History

Posted: 08/01/2016

Nomination Deadline Extended For 2016 List Of Tennessee’s Most Endangered Historic Places

Posted: 07/21/2016
NASHVILLE—July 21st, 2016—The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) has extended its deadline for nominations for its annual Ten in Tenn list of most threatened historic sites across the state until August 19th, 2016. The nonprofit group has advocated for historic preservation in Tennessee since 1982—first as the Tennessee Heritage Alliance and ... Read more >

Library & Archives Adds Digital Collection of Family Histories

Posted: 07/21/2016
The Tennessee State Library & Archives has added an online collection of material that tracks dozens of family histories across several states. The material, titled “The Genealogical Research Files of Dr. Barbara Long,” traces the lines of 33 families with roots in east Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland ... Read more >

Ten in Tenn UPDATE: Summers-Taylor to Buy Model Mill

Posted: 07/08/2016

Time Running Out To Save Aretha Franklin's Birth Home From Demolition

Posted: 06/29/2016

Historic Boarding House Preserved at Portland, Tn

Posted: 06/17/2016

Ten In Tenn UPDATE: City of Elizabethton approves acquisition of Bonnie Kate Theater

Posted: 06/10/2016

TTU honors Birdwell with Caplenor Award

Posted: 06/09/2016
Michael Birdwell, professor of history, has been awarded Tennessee Tech University’s highest faculty honor, the 2016 Caplenor Faculty Research Award. “I am thankful that my peers found my ongoing research worthy of recognition,” Birdwell said. “As someone in the humanities, competing against researchers in engineering and science, it is doubly ... Read more >

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Speaks on the Importance of Preservation and Place

Posted: 06/07/2016

Historic Franklin Masonic Hall to Hold A Civil War Trails Marker Dedication

Posted: 06/06/2016
Franklin, TN (June 1, 2016) – The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall in Franklin, Tennessee will hold a special Civil War Trails marker dedication on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 10 o’clock. The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall cordially invite the public to attend the dedication. Following the dedication, community leaders, preservationists and partners will ... Read more >

"Highlander Folk School: The Place" Presented By Ridley Wills, II - June 11th, 2016

Posted: 05/31/2016

Tennessee Preservation Trust Seeks 2016 List of Tennessee’s Most Endangered Historic Places

Posted: 05/24/2016
May 24th, 2016—The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) is accepting nominations until July 31st, 2016 for its annual Ten in Tenn list of most endangered historic places. As TPT’s strongest preservation advocacy tool, listing on the Ten in Tenn raises awareness of the property’s historic value, gives credibility to restoring the building(s), and ... Read more >

Tennessee Preservation Trust Hosts Special Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Nashville With Historian, Author Jim Hoobler

Posted: 05/10/2016
NASHVILLE, TN – May 10th, 2016—On Thursday, May 26th, the Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) is collaborating with historian and author Jim Hoobler for “Gentlemen’s to Lower Broad,” a special one-time-only walking tour of downtown Nashville. This special tour is the first of TPT’s Historic Tennessee Tours series, kicking off in the ... Read more >

Preservation50 in Tennessee Celebrates Civil Rights History in Monteagle

Posted: 04/19/2016
MONTEAGLE, TN – April 12th, 2016—This past Saturday, the Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) in collaboration with Sewanee the University of the South in Monteagle celebrated the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee with tours of the historic Highlander Folk School site. These very special tours will continue through April as ... Read more >

Tennessee State Parks Receives Excellence Award for Preservation of Park Structures

Posted: 03/28/2016
From Left: Dr. Charles Womack, former TPT Board Chair; Brock Hill; Jeff Wells, former TPT Treasurer NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill and other Parks staff were honored with the 2016 Excellence In Preservation Leadership Award during an annual historical preservation conference on March 16. The award was ... Read more >

UPDATE Ten in Tenn - Bonnie Kate Theater Up For Auction April 8th

Posted: 03/28/2016
Press release via Johnson City Press Group moving forward on preservation plans for Bonnie Kate Theater —John Thompson ELIZABETHTON — A local foundation working to obtain and preserve the old Bonnie Kate Theater in downtown Elizabethton is not giving up its efforts, even though the property will be auctioned on April 8. The property has ... Read more >

50 Years of Historic Preservation Help Preserve Cumberland Homestead Houses

Posted: 03/01/2016
CROSSVILLE, MARCH 1st, 2016—Two historic properties will be preserved forever thanks to the National Historic Preservation Act and the Tennessee Preservation Trust’s (TPT) preservation easement program. TPT accepted the donation of two preservation easements this February from Delos Hughes for the Vaden House and the Guest House, two homes ... Read more >

2015 Old House Fair Volunteer Opportunities

Posted: 02/03/2015
Tennessee Preservation Trust is partnering with the Nashville Metro Historical Zoning Commission to host the Old House Fair and we need your help! WHEN & WHERE Saturday March 7 9 a.m. – 3 p.m Sevier Park Community Center – 3021 Lealand Lane in Nashville Volunteer Contact: Penny Bird – 615.933.1238 The Old House Fair is a FREE ... Read more >

The 2015 Old House Fair

Posted: 01/31/2015
Tennessee Preservation Trust is partnering with the Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation to host the 2015 Old House Fair WHEN & WHERE Saturday March 7 9 a.m. – 3 p.m Sevier Park Community Center – 3021 Lealand Lane in Nashville The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival that presents new ideas, practical advice, innovative ... Read more >

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Posted: 06/12/2014
MEDIA ALERT Award goes to Tennessee native and longtime preservationist Bill King The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) announced Bill King as the 2014 recipient of the TPT Lifetime Achievement Award, acknowledging his tireless work preserving the irreplaceable historic treasures in his home town of Denmark, Tenn. The award was granted at TPT’s ... Read more >

Tennessee Preservation Trust Elects New Board Members

Posted: 06/12/2014
MEDIA ALERT The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) held its annual membership meeting on May 1, in Germantown, Tenn., as a part of its annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The meeting highlighted the successes of the Tennessee Preservation Trust over the past year and also shared visions and goals for the coming year. At the meeting members ... Read more >

2014 Statewide Preservation Conference

Posted: 04/25/2014
MEDIA ALERT Media Contact: Melissa Wyllie Found Feather Communications Melissa@foundfeather.com (615) 212-8682 Tennessee Preservation Trust Statewide Preservation Conference to Connect Preservationists from Around the State Germantown to host this year’s 3-day conference, with sessions focusing on traditional & nontraditional preservation ... Read more >

The 2014 Old House Fair

Posted: 03/04/2014
Tennessee Preservation Trust is partnering with the Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation to host the 2014 Old House Fair WHEN & WHERE Saturday March 8 9 a.m. – 3 p.m The Martin Center – 2400 Fairfax Avenue in Nashville The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival that presents new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials ... Read more >

The 2014 Old House Fair Volunteer Opportunities

Posted: 01/13/2014
Tennessee Preservation Trust is partnering with the Nashville Metro Historical Zoning Commission to host the Old House Fair and we need your help! WHEN & WHERE Saturday March 8 9 a.m. – 3 p.m The Martin Center – 2400 Fairfax Avenue in Nashville. The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival that presents new ideas, practical advice, ... Read more >

Applications for 2013's Ten In Tennessee Endangered Properties Program Now Available

Posted: 03/11/2013
George Orwell once stated that he who controls the present controls the past. Who is in control of the present? We are. The historic places we treasure in our communities exist only because at some point in time someone else saw the value in the very same place and took action. Whether it is a small cemetery in the woods or a near forgotten battlefield ... Read more >

Two Preservation Bills Making Their Way Through the TN General Assembly

Posted: 03/08/2013
Rep. Steve McDaniel has introduced a number of bills in the House regarding the preservation of TN’s heritage this session. Here are a few that are making their way through the General Assembly right now that we are keeping an eye on: HB 0301 / SB 0642 (sponsored by Tracy & Ketron in the Senate) – The “Tennessee Civil War Site ... Read more >

Surplus Historic Properties - UPDATE - SB0074 (Massey) / HB 0300 (McDaniel)

Posted: 02/13/2013
In 2012, our friends at Knox Heritage met with Senator Massey regarding legislation that would help local governments dispose of surplus historic properties AND help preserve those properties. Yesterday, Senate Bill 0074 unanimously passed the State and Local Government Committee with one friendly amendment and will be placed on the calendar for vote on the ... Read more >

Preservationists Needed to Lobby in Washington

Posted: 02/08/2013
Come support the Historic Tax Credit in Washington! Tax reform is expected to be taken up by Congress this year and the Historic Tax Credit is threatened. This credit is one of the primary means of stimulating investment in our historic downtowns and neighborhoods and has generated over $400 million in rehabilitation expenditures in Tennessee. Please ... Read more >

2nd Annual Old House Fair Update

Posted: 02/07/2013
TPT can now announce what presentations and hands-on demonstrations will be happening at the Old House Fair March 9th. 9 am – 3 pm Cohn School – 4805 Park Avenue The exact schedule will be announced soon, but in the meantime, we can confirm that the following will take place: Flushed Away: Getting Creative with Old Plumbing Join Andrew ... Read more >

Draft Legislation for Historic Surplus Property

Posted: 01/21/2013
Last Fall, Knox Heritage’s Kim Trent and Ethiel Garlington met with Senator Becky Duncan Massey about legislation that would help local governments dispose of surplus historic properties that also helps preserve those properties. The draft legislation was modeled after a similar measure in North Carolina that has helped preserve hundreds of buildings ... Read more >

Columbia Depot - Let the Rehabilitation Begin!

Posted: 01/21/2013
Columbia Train Depot to Undergo Big Makeover On Sunday, January 20th, David and Debra Hill opened the doors of the Columbia Depot to the Maury County Historical Society. Last used for passenger trains in 1966, the Depot has sat empty since the 1980s. Several attempts to restore the Depot have been proposed, but none as yet have come to fruition. Until ... Read more >

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)

Posted: 01/02/2013
In 2012, Tennessee Preservation Trust kept you abreast of the changes to the transportation bill submitted to Congress. Numerous amendments were made as the parties went back and forth trying to finalize a bill that would satisfy all parties within the tight budget constraints. Now that the waters have (slightly) calmed down, we can now report to you some ... Read more >

Tennessee Preservation in the News 12.10.12

Posted: 12/10/2012
TPT More details are confirmed for the 2013 Annual Conference. CAMP, Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program, will be offered May 16, 2013. Join us for a full-day of training with nationally known leaders who have served either with the National Trust, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, or the National Association of Preservation Commissions. ... Read more >

Tennessee Preservation in the News 12.3.12

Posted: 12/03/2012
Here’s what happened last week in Tennessee… TPT Planning for the annual Statewide Preservation Conference continues. Save the Date for May 16-18th in Cookeville, TN. Save the Date notices are going out soon. Become a member to receive a significant discount on your registration! Have you visited our new website yet? If not, please stop by ... Read more >

Save-the-Date for TPT's 2013 Conference

Posted: 11/09/2012
Planning for the 2013 Conference in Cookeville is well underway! Tennessee Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Tennessee Historical Commission, is excited to be hosting the 2013 Statewide Preservation Conference in Cookeville May 16-18, 2013! More details will be coming as speakers are confirmed, tours are scheduled, bands are booked, and food is ... Read more >