East Tennessee Endangered 8
2017 Endangered 8 Announced Monday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Historic Westwood
Each year the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) presents a list of eight significant endangered heritage sites found in our sixteen-county region. Endangered historic places are selected by the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Board of Directors from nominations received from members and the general public. The goal is to bring attention to these threatened heritage assets and encourage property owners and communities to develop preservation strategies for saving them. PLACES, the Preservation Toolbox for East Tennessee, is designed to assist with developing viable solutions for saving our endangered heritage. The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance serves 16 counties in East Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Hamblen, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.
2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8
Previously Featured Endangered Places
Please note that past Endangered 8 and Endangered Heritage lists change as conditions change. Some properties are no longer listed due to being “officially” saved, such as the Alexander Inn/Guest House in Oak Ridge. Significant progress may also have been made to improve conditions, which is the current case for Brushy Mountain in Morgan County, the Oak Grove School in Union County and the old Post Office in LaFolette.
2016 East Tennessee Endangered 8 – Press Release (PDF) ; 2016 Endangered 8 Presentation (PDF)
2015 East TN Endangered 8 Press Release
2014 East TN Endangered Heritage Press Release
2013 East TN Endangered Heritage Press Release
2012 East TN Endangered Heritage Booklet
2011 East TN Endangered Heritage Press Release
2010 East TN Endangered Heritage List
Morristown College – A Significant Place Disappears
VIDEO – This video is about the historical black college established 1881 in Morristown, TN by then Holston Methodist Episcopal Conference. Many of the buildings were recently torn down as the college closed many years ago. The community procured this video to show during Black History Month 2017, and keep the memory of the college alive. WATCH HERE.
Read about the history of the college: A School for Freedom (PDF).
Alexander Inn, Oak Ridge, Removed From Endangered Heritage List
The Alexander Inn, a historic Oak Ridge hotel also known as the Guest House, has been removed from the East Tennessee Endangered Heritage List. “ETPA was excited to remove the Alexander Inn from the list this year  as construction continues in earnest on the new Guest House Alexander Inn Assisted Living Facility,” said Ethiel Garlington, former Director of Preservation Field Services with ETPA and key figure in making the project happen. A grant from the Department of Energy helped move the property into the hands of a local developer. ETPA has protected the property with a preservation easement.
Top military leaders and scientists once stayed at this historic two-story hotel in the heart of Oak Ridge near Jackson Square. A $5.5 million renovation of the Alexander Inn started in July 2013, the culmination of a year-long preservation effort. The hotel was built during the Manhattan Project, a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic bombs during World War II. Guests who once stayed there included Gen. Leslie Groves, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, and physicists J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi.
A distillery, museum, RV trailer park and restaurant are all in the making to replace the old prison that closed down six years ago in 2009. The state officially handed over Wednesday afternoon the keys to the old Brushy Mountain State Prison to Morgan County Economic Development board members. Read more news coverage on WATE. See the plans HERE.