East Tennessee Preservation Conference

Please note: For 2016, The East Tennessee Preservation Conference was called the Preservation Power Summit

We had a great Summit in Morristown! Scroll down to learn more about the event. Here are some nice things people have said about the Summit:

“I thought the event was great. Really good speakers — fellow from Indiana was super. The Preservation Awards Reception was really good. My folks were blown away. Food was good everywhere. Lots of good things going on in Morristown.” – Morgan County Guest

“It was my first and I really enjoyed it. I thought the speakers were great and very informing with information that we could take back to the counties we serve.” – Anderson County Guest

“Great Summit! Well organized, great food, historic/interesting venue, fun afternoon, perfect weather, elegant evening, well-done awards ceremony, happy people! You hit all the hot buttons and everyone walked away with a smile on their face! Good work!” –  Loudon County Guest



Summit Program (minor revisions may occur)
• Summit Venue: Rose Center in Morristown. 442 W 2nd North Street, Morristown, TN 37814. Tel: (423) 581-4330
• Questions?
Email ToddMorgan@KnoxHeritage.org or call 865.523.8008


Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance are proud to partner once again with many businesses, organizations and individuals to bring the East Tennessee Preservation Power Summit to our region on November 4, in Morristown. This one day “power summit” is an evolution of the popular East Tennessee Preservation Conference designed to better fit busy schedules while still serving as an impactful educational and networking event. If you love historic preservation or want to learn more about its power in our communities, this is the event for you!

For the past seven years, the conference has been hosted by communities throughout our region: Townsend, Rugby, Jonesborough, Gatlinburg, Maryville, Oak Ridge and Knoxville. 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. Historic preservation is more important than ever to the places we call home!

This year, the Summit will be held in Morristown at the historic Rose Center. Attendees will benefit from education sessions focused on proven historic preservation applications, heritage tourism and downtown revitalization. “Preservation Crash Courses” will be introduced for the first time as well, as a “Preservation Master Class.” Historic site tours will visit Crockett Tavern, General Longstreet’s Headquarters and Bethesda Church. The event will end with the East Tennessee Preservation Awards reception at historic Arrow Hill,  a c. 1859 residence once used as headquarters by both sides during the Civil War.



This year’s keynote speaker and special guest will be Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. Mr. Davis has developed initiatives in African American heritage and rural preservation, teamed with writer Bill Shaw to produce 99 Historic Homes of Indiana, and was recognized by Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon for his work in historic preservation. Mr. Davis has served as the executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation and was elected in 2008 to chair the Statewide and Local Partners of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and to the organization’s Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1960, Indiana Landmarks is the largest statewide preservation organization in the U.S. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a main office in Indianapolis and nine regional offices staffed by professionals who help people save and revitalize historic places. Their primary programs include field services, historic sites, educational programs, endangered property rescues and rehabs, protective easements, signature restorations, Indiana Preservation magazine, a range of digital communications and grants and loans.

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Bethesda Church and Cemetery
Crockett Tavern Museum

General Longstreet Museum


Join us for the our annual awards celebration honoring the best of historic preservation in East Tennessee. Historic Arrow Hill, also known as the Watkins-Witt House, will be the perfect setting for the annual awards reception. Built in 1857 by Congressman Albert G. Watkins, who had extensive land holdings in the area, the home was used as a refuge and command post by both the Union and the Confederacy.

Arrow Hill is located at 6622 W Andrew Johnson Hwy, Talbott, TN 37877.

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Pillar Level:

Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects
Scott Brooks, ETPA President
Crossroads Downtown Partnership (Morristown)
McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects Inc.
City of Sweetwater
Thomason & Associates