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RECENT NATIONAL REGISTER NOMINATIONS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE LINKS BELOW.  THREE PROPERTIES ARE HIGHLIGHTED BELOW THE INFORMATION ON APPLYING FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER.

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's list of cultural resources considered worthy of preservation. In Tennessee, the staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission administers this program. Three times a year, the State Review Board meets to recommend properties for listing in the National Register.

There are over 2000 entries in the National Register from Tennessee. Every county in the state has at least one entry. For additional information on the National Register program, contact the Tennessee Historical Commission at 615/532-1550 or the National Register of Historic Places.

If your building is listed in the National Register and you want to celebrate the listing with a plaque, you can find a list of companies that make plaques here.  The Tennessee Historical Commission does not endorse, authorize, recommend, or have any preference for one company over another.  We provide the list for your convenience.  You are not required to purchase a plaque.

Sulphur Fork Bridge - Montgomery and Robertson Counties

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The 1890 Sulphur Fork Bridge is the third bridge at this once well-traveled crossing on what was the Old Clarksville Springfield Road.  Located in northeast Montgomery County at the Robertson County line, over the Sulphur Fork Creek, both counties paid for the bridge.  Built by the Converse Bridge Company, it is a pin connected, iron Pratt through truss that sits on masonry piers. Concrete deck girders on concrete piers were added in 1955.  William H. Converse started the Converse Bridge Company in Chattanooga and the Sulphur Fork Bridge is one of the first bridges he constructed.  The Pratt truss was invented by Thomas Pratt in 1844 and was an economical choice since it required less metal that other forms.  The Sulphur Fork Bridge was considered significant as an example of a truss bridge as part of TDOT’s historic bridge survey.  In 1990, a new bridge was erected nearby, and this bridge was taken out of service for vehicles.  It is now a pedestrian bridge in Port Royal State Park.

 

Ward School - Trousdale County

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The Ward School served Hartsville’s African American students from its opening in 1948 until 1966 with its last graduating class.  Located outside of the downtown commercial area, the school is in a historic African American neighborhood and was the only school building in Trousdale County for African American high school students. The building symbolizes the patterns of school segregation prevalent during the Jim Crow era, while trying to provide educational opportunities for the African American community. The H-shaped, one-story-with-basement, concrete block building has metal frame multi-pane windows. When it opened, the school included classrooms, workshop, library, cafeteria, restrooms, offices and a gym. In addition to its primary use for education, the Ward School was used as a meeting space for public activities, examples being the May Day celebration and concerts.

 

Higginbotham Trace - Van Buren and Warren Counties

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The Higginbotham Turnpike is part of the 1838 Trail of Tears when the federal government forcibly removed Native Americans from their ancestral homes in the southeast.  The Trail of Tears encompassed several routes for the removal of Native Americans.  This 4.7 mile segment was part of the Northern Removal Route where 9 detachments comprising about 10,000 people were sent to the west. Higginbotham Turnpike is near the Rocky River Crossing and Road, another important site associated with the Trail of Tears.

 

Contacts

Rebecca Schmitt

(615) 770-1086 

Rebecca.Schmitt@tn.gov  

 

Christopher Kinder

(615) 770-1090
Christopher.Kinder@tn.gov