Friday, March 9, 2012

Nashville Trip Fosters Relationships with Legislators

On January 25 & 26, 2012, Executive Director Anna Chappelle & Assistant Rebecca Sardella traveled over the plateau to Nashville. The purpose of this trip was two-fold: to make contact with key state legislators & to conduct important research at the Tennessee Historical Commission offices.  While Anna met with State Representatives & Senators, Rebecca was able to tour the gorgeous Tennessee Capitol Building & the Tennessee State Museum, discovering many treasures related to John Sevier along the way!  

 A silver watch presented to John Sevier by William Blount in 1796.  The inscription reads
 “To my esteemed and trusted friend John Sevier—William Blount”  Tennessee State Museum

 Sword presented to John Sevier by the state of North Carolina in honor 
of his role at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Tennessee State Museum

 Bust of John Sevier in the Tennessee Capitol Building

Portrait miniature of Catherine Sevier on display in the Tennessee State Museum

Martha Akins, Director of State Historic Sites at the Tennessee Historical Commission, was kind enough to allow us access to all of her records regarding Marble Springs State Historic Site.   These records provided a unique perspective on the history of the historic site & how the management has changed over the years. We also discovered key documents relating to archeological efforts that were completed in 2002. Only a small dent was made into the drawers full of information relating to Marble Springs.  We hope to make another trip to Nashville in the near future to continue our research efforts.

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