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Forgotten Landmark-Western Mental Health Institute, Bolivar, TN

West Tennessee Hospital for the Insane (now Western Mental Health Institute) in Bolivar opened with the transfer of 156 patients from Nashville in 1889.  By 1939, the institute occupied a tract of 640 acres and had accommodations for 1,850 patients.  In 1932, a building similar in design and accommodation to the main building was built for African-Americans. 

Main Building, Western Mental Health Institute, Bolivar, TN

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We Support-Museum of Power and Industry and the Falls Mill Museum, Belvidere, TN

FALLS MILL

Operating Water- Powered
Grain Mill and Museum
Belvidere, Tennessee

Nestled in a lush green cove along the banks of beautiful Factory Creek stands historic Falls Mill.  Built in 1873 as a cotton and woolen factory, the mill was later converted for use as a cotton gin, then as a woodworking shop.  Today the water wheel powers millstones that grind cornmeal, flour, and grits.

Join us in supporting John and Jane Lovett in their restoration and operation of the mill.  www.fallsmill.com

Updated Catalogue of eBooks (.epub, .pdf, etc)

Historical Cities-Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 17100 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on January 12, 2011
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. From the early days of the Native American, French, and Scandinavian settlers to the growth in the early part of the last century, this guide explores the historic sites and landmarks of both cities. Reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Slow Travels-Tennessee
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 101790 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on January 7, 2011
This is the Tennessee edition of the Slow Travels series. U.S. Highways 11, 25, 31, and 70 are followed through the State, examining a cross-section for Tennessee and providing a wealth of historical information along the way. Reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed points of interest are included.

Slow Travels-Kentucky
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 82220 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on December 17, 2010
This edition in the Slow Travels series explores U.S. Highways 25 (Covington to Tenn Line), 31W (Louisville to Tenn Line), 41 (Ohio River near Owensboro to Tenn Line), and 68 (Maysville, KY to Paducah). Over 450 Historic sites and landmarks are described along these routes, and reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Historical Cities-Los Angeles
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 48320 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on December 13, 2010
This edition of our Historical Cities series explores the city and county of Los Angeles, including the surrounding environs of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach, San Pedro, and Pasadena. Over 230 historical sites and landmarks are provided with historical background and GPS coordinates. Reference maps provide simple navigation aids.

Historical Cities-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 54040 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on November 16, 2010
This edition of the Historical Cities series explores Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States. Over 200 historical sites and landmarks are provided for walking tours of the city center and in the surrounding districts. Text is based on the work of the Federal Works Project of the 1930’s and 40’s. All sites have been verified and located with GPS coordinates.

Slow Travels-Mississippi
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 63960 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on November 8, 2010
Slow Travels-Mississippi explores the history of the state along U.S. Highways 45, 61, 80, 82, and 84. Based on the American Guides Series of the 1930’s and 40’s, this guide includes up to date directions, reference maps, and GPS coordinates for all listed sites. Explore Vicksburg, Natchez, Jackson, and all the history inbetween.

Slow Travels-Arkansas
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 47890 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on October 18, 2010
This edition explores the State of Arkansas, retracing U.S. Highways 61, 67, 70, 71, and 79 throughout the state. Each highway includes historic sites and landmarks, background information combed from the American Guide Series of the 1940’s updated for the present-day traveler, reference maps, and GPS coordinates for all listed sites.

Historical Cities-New York City
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 64750 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on October 8, 2010
This edition of the series explores the boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Over 600 historical sites are described within, based on the WPA 1939 Guide to New York City. Along with historical text of each site, borough histories, reference maps, and GPS Coordinates are included. Travelers and residents alike will find enjoyment and education.

Historical Cities-San Antonio, Texas
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 7870 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on August 28, 2010
The San Antonio edition of Historical Cities explores the multi-national past of this south Texas city. Fifty-one historic sites and landmarks in the city’s downtown and surrounding area are explored. A concise history is also provided. Reference maps for the downtown and San Antonio’s environs are included, along with GPS coordinates for all listed historic sites.

Slow Travels-Louisiana
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 66960 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on August 22, 2010
This version of Slow Travels-Louisiana takes the driver on an historical journey through Louisiana. U.S. 61 follows the Great River Road from Miss. to New Orleans, U.S. 80 retraces the Vicksburg, Shreveport, & Pacific Railroad from Vicksburg to the Texas Line, U.S. 84 explores the old Texas Road from Natchez to Logansport, and U.S. 90 retraces the Old Spanish Trail through Southern Louisiana.

Slow Travels-Nevada
Ebook Price: $1.49 USD. 69880 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on August 14, 2010
Slow Travels-Nevada explores the historic sites along the routes of U.S. Highways 6, 40, 50, 93, and 95 through the Silver State. Based on the American Guide Series of the 1930’s and 40’s, these sites include abandoned mining camps, scenic rivers and canyons, as well as the cities of Reno and Las Vegas. Reference maps and GPS coordinates are included.

Slow Travels-California
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 101950 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on July 25, 2010
The updated version of Slow Travels-California explores this State’s history along the present and previous routes of U.S. Highways 40, 50, 60, 99, and 395. Come explore the rich and varied history of the Golden State. This guide provides in-depth information about historic sites, landmarks, and legends along California’s highways. Maps and GPS Coordinates for listed sites are included.

Historical Cities-Savannah, Georgia
Ebook Price: $1.49 USD. 7460 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on July 2, 2010
Historical Cities-Savannah explores the rich history of Savannah, Georgia, and over 45 historic sites and landmarks within the city. A walkable map is included, as well as GPS coordinates for all listed historic sites. The history of Savannah and the background information for each site are based on the American Guides of the 1930’s and 40’s.

Historical Cities-Baltimore, Maryland
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 8680 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on July 2, 2010
Historical Cities-Baltimore explores the history of Baltimore and over 50 of its historic sites. The background text is based on the American Guides of the 1930’s and 40’s. Guide maps are provided for walking and driving tours, and GPS coordinates for listed historic sites are also included.

Slow Travels-Virginia
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 128720 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on June 19, 2010
This guide explores Virginia and its history on U.S. Highways 11, 15, 17, 50, and 60, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Historical text for each site and landmark along the highways are derived from the American Guides of the 1930’s and 40’s. Reference maps and GPS Coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Slow Travels-Blue Ridge Parkway
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 19090 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on June 14, 2010
This edition of the Slow Travels Series commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway construction. The segments of the parkway are separated into the Virginia and North Carolina sections. This guide is not intended to be a history of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a guide to the history which lies along it and in the surrounding region.

Slow Travels-Georgia
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 158630 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on June 4, 2010
U.S. Highways 17, 23, 41, and 27 travel the state from north to south, and U.S. 80 and 84 explore from the Atlantic to the Alabama State Line. Along these highways, historic sites and landmarks are laid out for the leisure driver to enjoy. Entertaining and educational, these guides are for both the individual traveler and the entire family. Maps and GPS Coordinates are provided.

Slow Travels-Florida
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 82120 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on May 30, 2010
This edition of Slow Travels follows U.S. Highways 1, 27, 90, and 301 through the State, examining a cross-section of Florida and providing a wealth of historical information along the way. Also included is U.S. Highway 41 along the Tamiami Trail. Maps provide a reference guide, and GPS Coordinates are listed at the end of each route. Look for others in the series at http://www.americanautotrails.com.

Slow Travels-South Carolina
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 43190 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on May 16, 2010
This installment of the Slow Travels series explores the Palmetto State of South Carolina. The routes followed in this exploration are U.S. Highways 17, 25, 52, and 178. From the Atlantic Coast, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, and Hilton Head, to the Cherokee Piedmont on the North Carolina State Line, South Carolina’s history is unveiled along these routes.

American Auto Trails-South Carolina’s U.S. Highways 25 and 178
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 20260 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on May 8, 2010
This edition in the American Auto Trails series explores U.S. Highways 25 and 178 through the western side of South Carolina, from the Cherokee Foothills along the North Carolina Line to the Low Country along the Savannah River. Driving Maps as well as GPS Coordinates for all listed Historic Sites are included.

Slow Travels-North Carolina
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 60130 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 30, 2010
This edition of Slow Travels explores North Carolina. U.S. 1 hosts from Virginia, through Raleigh to Rockingham. U.S. 17 parallels the Atlantic through the state’s Albemarle to Cape Fear. U.S. 52 bisects the state from the upper Piedmont to the Pee Dee River. U.S. 70 travels from the Atlantic to the Blue Ridge. Finally, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels the crest of the Appalachians.

American Auto Trail-North Carolina’s U.S. Highway 1
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 8930 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 29, 2010
This edition of the American Auto Trails series explores U.S. Highway 1, America’s Main Street, as it crosses the state of North Carolina from north to south. Along its journey, it passes through the capital of Raleigh and past the industrial mines which produced coal and gold. A Driving Map and GPS Coordinates for all listed historic sites are included.

American Auto Trail-North Carolina’s U.S. Highway 17
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 15830 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 29, 2010
This edition of the American Auto Trails series travels the Ocean Highway, as U.S. 17 is also known as, through the Albemarle region of North Carolina, inland of the Outer Banks and Albemarle Sound. This territory is rich in American Colonial history, with many references to the sailing trade which once flourished here. A Driving Map and a list of GPS Coordinates for all listed historic sites.

American Auto Trail-North Carolina’s U.S. Highway 70
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 22190 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 29, 2010
This edition in the American Auto Trails series explores the route of U.S. 70 across North Carolina, from the coastal town of Atlantic to the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee State Line. U.S. 70 travels through the heart of the state, connecting the cities of Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Asheville. Driving maps and GPS Coordinates are provided for all listed historic sites.

Historical Cities-New Orleans, Louisiana
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 4890 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 25, 2010
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores the French Quarter and surrounding area of New Orleans. Simple to use maps provide make a walking tour of the city’s historic sites entertaining and educational. GPS coordinates are provided for the more tech savvy user. More than 50 sites are identified, with text backgrounds based on the 1930’s and 40’s American Guide Series.

Historical Cities-Boston, Massachusetts
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 10290 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 24, 2010
This guide contains historical sites and landmarks for the city of Boston, as well as the adjacent Cambridge and Charlestown areas. It is not intended to be all inclusive, although future editions will follow with additional listings. In all, close to 90 sites are listed within this guide, along with detailed maps to assist in locating them. At the back of the guide is a table of GPS coordinates.

Historical Cities-San Francisco, California
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 6950 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores landmarks and sites within the city of San Francisco. Over 50 sites are divided into the east and west side of the northern end of the Peninsula. Maps and GPS coordinates are included.

Historical Cities-Providence, Rhode Island
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 11840 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
This edition of the Historical Cities series explores the many historical sites and landmarks of Providence, Rhode Island.Over 85 historical buildings, sites, houses, and other landmarks are described with detailed backgrounds and easy-to-use walking and driving maps. GPS coordinates are also provided for the more tech savvy traveler. Historical information is based on the American Guide Series.

Historical Cities-Charleston, South Carolina
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 6060 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
The proverbial powder keg of the American Civil War, Charleston also claims a rich history reaching back to the early days of the American colonies and beyond. Descriptions are derived from the extensive information provided in the American Guide Series of the 1930’s and 1940’s, and GPS coordinates are located at the end of the guide for the more technically proficient.

Historical Cities-Chicago, Illinois
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 14570 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
This installment in the Historical Cities series explores the varied ethnic and industrial history of Chicago. Over 70 historical points of interest are described, in the Loop as well as the North, West, and South Sides. Historical backgrounds are based on the American Guides series of the 1930’s and 40’s. GPS coordinates are provided for those who would like to plan out their own tour.

Historical Cities-Newport, Rhode Island
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 17870 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 20, 2010
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores the colonial seaport of Newport, Rhode Island. Over 75 historical sites and landmarks are identified with historic backgrounds and maps providing easy navigation to each site, by both on foot and by car.

Forgotten Landmark- Graham Kivette House, Tazewell (TN)

Photo courtesy of Knox Heritage

#4 on the Ten Endangered Heritage List by the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance

Graham Kivette House – Claiborne County

The Graham-Kivette House, built circa 1810, is the oldest home in Tazewell and one of only a few buildings that survived a disastrous fire in 1862. It was built by William Graham, a merchant and one of the founders of Tazewell. James Kivette acquired the home at the turn of the 20th century from William Yoakam, its then current owner. Kivette was a lawyer and coal mine operator. His daughter, Louise Kivette Redman, was a novelist and had several books published.

Since the death of John Kivette, the last descendant of the Kivette family, the house has remained empty for a number of years, while the executors of the will figure out what to do with it. Due to a lack of maintenance, the masonry is in need of repointing, the foundation is sinking on the right side of the building, and wood is beginning to deteriorate due to rot. The porch roof and possibly the standing seam metal roof on the main portion of the house are in need of replacing. Portions of the interiors are beginning to deteriorate due to dampness, and paint and wallpaper are peeling from the walls.

The Eastern Tennessee Preservation Alliance hopes that listing the house will help draw local awareness to the historic value of the house and the necessity of action before the house is lost due to neglect, deterioration, or fire. ETPA will work with the Claiborne County government, Claiborne Historical Society, and the East Tennessee Development District to determine the most effective strategy to protect this community resource.

Lost Landmark-Memorial Stadium, Johnson City (TN)

Memorial Stadium, Johnson City, Tennessee (Pic from Google Maps accessed 12/31/2010)

Memorial Stadium, originally called Roosevelt Stadium, was built in 1935 with Federal Works Project Administration funds.[i] It was demolished to make way for a new community center in July of 2010.   The stadium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 19th, 2010, too late to stop demolition, which began on July 27th.

Memorial Stadium was the home of the Burley Bowl, which took place between 1945 and 1956.  This much anticipated event consisted of a parade held in downtown Johnson City in mid-morning, followed by a football game at Memorial Stadium in the afternoon.  Both heavily attended proceedings originated soon after the close of World War II as a way to celebrate the opening of the upcoming tobacco market season.


[i] Gray, Gary B.; “Community Center approved – Memorial Stadium to be demolished”; Johnson City Press.com; http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=75658

Tennessee Preservation Trust (TN)

Mission Statement:
The Tennessee Preservation Trust promotes the preservation of our state’s diverse historic resources.

MTSU students prepping windows for painting, March 2009.
The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) is a membership-based statewide non-profit historic preservation education and advocacy organization. Headquartered in Nashville, TPT represents thousands of the state’s heritage supporters through its individual members and organizational affiliates. We strive to be the critical link for the state’s diverse heritage community. Our organization helps monitor and promote preservation-friendly legislation at the local, state, and federal levels, and assists citizens across the state with advocacy issues pertaining to specific historic sites—as well as historic districts and zoning issues. TPT has a committed staff, an active board of directors, and many dedicated volunteers throughout Tennessee. 

Forgotten Landmark-Lonas House, Knoxville (TN)

Jacob Lonas House, TN 169 (Middlebrook Pike) and Old Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN (Pic from Google Streetview accessed 12/20/2010)

Jacob Lonas House, TN 169 (Middlebrook Pike) and Old Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN (Pic from Microsoft Bing Maps accessed 12/20/2010)

Jacob Lonas built this house in 1858.  This residence became a Tennessee frontier museum; a long rifle used in the Battle of King’s Mountain hung on the wall; a grandfather’s clock, bought about 1775, kept time; an old sea-shell trumpet, used in calling men from the fields at mealtime and as a warning signal against Indian marauders, was another prized relic.  A cedar chest with a secret drawer, that was long forgotten, contained documents dated 1791 and 1795.  Among the books were a pocket-size military dictionary, published in London in 1702, and several Bibles printed in Germany.  One of these Bibles, which contained a picture of Martin Luther, was believed to have been printed shortly after his death.

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