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Architectural, historical survey of Jonesborough to be completed with $5,000 in grant funding

An architectural and historical survey of the Town of Jonesborough will soon be underway thanks to a grant awarded to a local group last week.
The State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution received a state grant for $5,050 to complete the survey in areas outside of the town’s established historic district.
The grant was one of 28 Historic Preservation Grants awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam to community organizations supporting the preservation of historic and archaeological sites, districts and structures.
“Historic places are a vital part of our state’s heritage, and this program helps fund the work of local governments, non-profit agencies and other entities committed to protecting important elements of rich history,” Haslam said.
“Collectively, these 28 projects represent more than $600,000 in assistance and will ensure these special places are available to enjoy for generations to come.”
The grants awarded come from federal funds allocated by the Department of Interior under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The programs in Tennessee authorized by this act are administered by the Tennessee Historical Commission. The grants pay for up to 60 percent of the costs of approved project work, and the grant recipient must provide the remaining 40 percent of the costs as matching funds.
“As valued centerpieces of our communities, historic sites not only define the state’s diverse history – they also enrich our state’s economy,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. “Our office helps support the study of Tennessee’s unique history and these grants will contribute the necessary funds that help protect and revitalize our treasured historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods.”
This year’s selection process emphasized projects conducting architectural, archaeological and historic site surveys.
Such projects are designed to identify and record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects built before 1960 that are significant to Tennessee’s history.
Surveys could be for a specific geographic area or for sites associated with themes or events significant in the state’s history. Priorities for funding survey projects included areas experiencing rapid growth and development, other threats to cultural resources, areas where there are serious gaps in knowledge regarding cultural resources, and thematic surveys based upon existing historic study units produced by the State Historic Preservation Office.
In addition, the upstate area will also receive benefits from several multi-county grants, including $25,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the First Tennessee Development District.