CLEVELAND, Tenn. - An interpretative greenway focusing on the history of Charleston, Tenn., took another step closer to reality Sunday with a donation from the Bradley County Historical and Genealogy Society.
The society presented a $1,250 check to the Charleston/Calhoun/Hiwassee Historical Society after Melissa Woody, convention and visitors bureau vice president for the Chamber of Commerce, reviewed the project.
The Charleston/Calhoun/Hiwassee group already had raised $113,000 to buy an empty Regions Bank building for a visitors center at the start of the proposed greenway. The group has been offered a special price of $132,000 and has a closing set for Nov. 30.
The greenway would begin at the intersection of the old and current U.S. Highway 11 and link 10 historical landmarks on a 1.94-mile walk to the Hiwassee River.
The greenway would highlight Fort Cass, a Trail of Tears point of origin, along with Civil War landmarks and later-day attractions at a park on the Hiwassee.
"Charleston has a national significance,'' Woody said.
A visitors center focused on local history would attract more people from Interstate 75, just three miles away.
Bryan Reed, president of the Bradley historical society and history professor at Cleveland State Community College, pointed out that cont ributions continue to grow to buy the bank building, including from members of the Charleston/Calhoun society.