East Tennessee Preservation Conference
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9 AM to 5 PM
“Extraordinary speakers, an informed and motivated audience and one of the best conferences I have ever witnessed!” – Kenneth Libby, CDF Haley Farm Business Manager on the 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Conference in Clinton, TN
The 2019 East Tennessee Preservation Conference will be held on Friday, May 17 at the historic Knoxville Botanical Gardens. Highlighting local preservation stories and strategies, this year’s conference will dig deeper into preservation topics using the places of east Knoxville as the foundation for conversations. A tour of the gardens will be included as part of the day.
The modern history of the KBGA property begins in the 1780’s with a land grant from our fledgling new nation to one David Wessel Howell of Buncombe County, North Carolina for his “exemplary” service during the American Revolutionary War. Ten years before Tennessee became a state, David Howell planted an orchard, established a family farm and began selling fruits and vegetables to local families and businesses. He also began selling the trees, seeds and small plants settlers heading west needed to begin their own farms and gardens.
For over a decade, Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance have brought the East Tennessee Preservation Conference to our region. It has become a cherished event for those who love history, historic sites, and learning about preservation methods.
Many regional communities have been highlighted by the conference. Townsend, Rugby, Jonesborough, Gatlinburg, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Morristown, and Clinton have hosted the event. Attendees include preservation professionals, architects, planners, tourism professionals, government and community leaders, economic developers, real estate professionals and others who have found that advanced knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices has value. It is a great event for learning, networking and experiencing historic sites distinctive to the host community.
THANK YOU SPONSORS OF THE 2017 CONFERENCE!