CHARLESTON, Tenn. - A plan to renovate an empty bank building and turn it into a visitors' center connected by a walking trail to other historic areas was introduced to the community today.
State, Bradley County and Charleston public officials, historians and planners were told how the visitor's center would connect along a pedestrian pathway following the Concrete Highway, an original section of U.S. 11 now on the National Register of Historic Places; the Fort Cass area, which was the U.S. government's command post for the Trail of Tears; the Cypress Swamp, a unique environmental feature; and then the Hiwassee River, where a riverpark will commemorate Civil War events.
"The past can be part of your future," said Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, to a filled auditorium at Charleston First Baptist Church.
The plan was developed by Emily Crow of the consulting firm McBride Dale Clarion.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.