Historic preservation is about recognizing and protecting buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes because of their importance to our community. This might mean saving a building because it has architectural value or because it links us to persons or events from the past. Or, it may mean establishing protective covenants for entire neighborhoods to shield them from development deemed unsuitable for the area. There are many environmental, economic and social benefits associated with historic preservation.
Morristown and Hamblen County is provided technical assistance on historic preservation issues through the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA). ETPA is affiliated with Knox Heritage and partners with the National Trust, East Tennessee Development District, Tennessee Historical Commission and others as an advocate for preserving the heritage of our region.
Eleven properties in Hamblen County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hamblen County is the third smallest county in Tennessee in land area and largely developed. However, the county is still home to over 20 Tennessee Century Farms. You can read about the farms at the above link.
Use this Google Map to discover Hamblen County’s historic highway markers, national register properties, century farms and areas of historic interest.
The intent of the Standards is to assist the long-term preservation of a property’s significance through the preservation of historic materials and features. The Standards pertain to historic buildings of all materials, construction types, sizes, and occupancy and encompass the exterior and interior of the buildings. They also encompass related landscape features and the building’s site and environment, as well as attached, adjacent, or related new construction. To be certified for Federal tax purposes, a rehabilitation project must be determined by the Secretary to be consistent with the historic character of the structure(s), and where applicable, the district in which it is located.