The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, which works to protect places and structures with historic or cultural significance in the region, announced today the group's fourth annual list of the most endangered historic places in East Tennessee.
Preservation strategies will be developed for each site on the list, the group's press release says, which can include working with the current property owners, government officials, regular citizens, or potential new owners. ETPA could also organize volunteer work days to help stabilize sites.
The ETPA scoured sixteen counties to come up with the list. None of the sites on this year's list are in Knoxville, but several are close by. The Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, the entire Central Business District in Lenoir City, neglected cemeteries everywhere, and the New Salem Baptist Church in Sevierville all made the ETPA's list this year. The organization is working with local leaders, private investors, and people who live nearby the sites to help get them back into tip-top form. Check out the entire list here.
To get involved with ETPA, call (865) 523-8008. Keep an eye on the group's Facebook page for updates on the improvement of those sites.