Tennessee Historical Commission honors projects in our area
NASHVILLE (WDEF) -The Tennessee Historical Commission highlights several preservation programs in our area in their annual awards.
Winners for historical preservation include:
• Friends of South Cumberland State Park near Tracy City, for creating a new
interpretive area that tells the story of the village that housed nearly 200 members of the
Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1475 at Grundy Forest.
• Camille Westmont, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of the
South in Sewanee, for archaeological research conducted at Grundy Lakes coke ovens in
South Cumberland State Park and the site of the Lone Rock Stockade, where Lone Rock
prisoners burned coal in the ovens to produce coke used in ironmaking.
• Sam Hall in Chattanooga, for the digital preservation publication,
ChattanoogaHistory.com, which provides access to rarely accessible historic resources.
For the Book or Public Programming Award:
• Steven Smith in Soddy-Daisy, for authoring four books, establishing the Soddy, Daisy,
and Montlake Historical Society and the Good Old Days Museum, and for his leadership
in the annual Pioneers Day event at the reconstructed Poe’s Tavern.