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DAR chapter completes architectural survey

Jonesborough’s Daughters of the American Revolution State of Franklin Chapter recently completed an extensive, two-year project including an architectural survey of every individual property in Tennessee’s oldest town.
The group conducted the work as a way to recognize the homes and properties that contributed to the heritage of Jonesborough and are eligible for the National Register of Historic Homes.
The designation is an informal award. No government entity is involved in the process. It does not affect the homeowner’s ability to direct the use of, to alter the property and no zoning restrictions apply.
According to the Chapter, the initial scope of the survey was to identify all properties built prior to 1960.
It became evident that all properties would have to be considered in order to make that determination, leaving the group to complete an architectural survey of every property.
The group’s documentation will allow for future nominations to be more easily made, especially when the age of the property is required.
The survey includes information on each property, aerial photographs, real estate assessment data, tax records and interviews with historians.
It was completed with assistance from various partners in Jonesborough, Johnson City and Washington County.
These partners, individual volunteers, the home owners and those providing financial assistance will be recognized at a reception at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Jan. 17, 2014.
The State of Franklin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution consists of 23 members and was first organized in 1929 by Cora Kennedy Whitlock, who had been a member of the John Sevier Chapter in Johnson City.
There were 23 charter members, all of whom were descendants of the pioneers who led in the development of the East Tennessee area.
The Chapter has established the Chester Inn marker, the Jacob Brown marker, the Boone Trail marker and the Davey Crockett Birthplace marker.
Over the years, the State of Franklin Chapter’s identification and preservation of historic sites in Jonesborough encouraged historic awareness in the area and led to the establishment of Jonesborough as the first historical district of Tennessee in 1970.
The group’s recent project, including the survey, recommendations for the National Register eligibility, maps discussion and oral history, was downloaded to archival disks.
Completed reports were made available to the State of Tennessee, historical societies, libraries, universities and the Town of Jonesborough.
For more information on the State of Franklin Chapter of the DAR, contact Janice Carol Redmond at 646-2424 or [email protected]