To the Washington Co. Militia,

We need your help in securing a visitors center for Sabine Hill. Attached is a letter that lays out the need for the center. If you can, please contact your legislators and press upon them this great need. Time is of the essence! I would consider it a personal favor if you would take the time to read the attached letter and contact your legislators So we can give this wonderful historic site the attention it deserves.

Many Thanks,

February 12, 2015
Dear Friends,
FRIENDS OF SYCAMORE SHOALS NEEDS YOUR HELP!….As many of you know, the Tennessee Historical Commission is presently restoring Sabine Hill in Elizabethton, constructed approximately 1818 by Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor and his wife Mary Patton Taylor. Sabine Hill has been considered the finest example of Federalist architecture in the state and the Taylor family, some of our most important leaders.
The stories surrounding this site and the Taylors include Native American occupation; a rich history regarding slavery; involvement in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, Civil War; the political history of Northeast Tennessee; and the Taylors as an economic powerhouse for the community. Not to mention – Sabine Hill sets at the entrance to Elizabethton.
You may have also seen a lot of work taking place there over the last several months. The restoration project will be complete sometime in 2015, but we were disappointed to learn that the Visitors Center that was to accompany this property was not funded in Governor Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
Without a Visitors Center, which would provide restrooms for guests visiting the house, a small exhibit & meeting area, and gift shop, we are very limited in what we can offer to the public at Sabine Hill.
WHAT YOU CAN DO….. BEFORE the week of February 23rd, please contact your legislators by mail and phone, asking them to support this project for FY 16. Their contact information is provided at the end of this letter.
The Tennessee Historical Commission will have their Budget Hearing the week of February 23rd to present their need to the State Legislature.
The project is labeled:
Sabine Hill State Historic Site: Visitors Center – Requested funding: $620,000.00
Tennessee Historic Commission Budget Code – 327.04
Below are listed some reasons as to the importance of funding the Visitors Center for Sabine Hill:
1. The comfort of our guests, employees and volunteers is of utmost importance. There are no restroom facilities in the historic house, so no person would be able to stay there for an extended period of time without having to drive somewhere to use the restroom.
2. Considering the amount of money that has already been invested in restoring Sabine Hill, it is not logical to not fund the Visitors Center project which is necessary for people to visit this site.
3. We have tentatively planned some wonderful programs for the site, but the absence of restrooms will completely prohibit their implementation. Examples of programs we CANNOT do include
Dining in the historic home, Historic re-enactments, Hosting School groups, and Tours
4. Visitors with varied disabilities will depend on interpretive information in the Visitors Center as the historic home is not ADA accessible. ADA accessibility is waived for restoration of historic property.
Office of the Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
Suite 1, Legislative Plaza
301 6th Avenue N
Nashville, TN 37243

By Email
By Phone 615.741.4524 or Toll-Free at 800.449.8366 x14524 By Fax 615.253.0197
Senator Rusty Crowe
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 8 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Staff Contacts: Jenny Ward or Logan Grant
By Email:
By Phone: (615) 741-2468 By Fax: (615) 253-0359
Representative John B. Holsclaw, Jr.
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 22 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243

Staff Contact: Davis Paine

By Email:

By Phone: (615) 741-7450 By Fax: (615) 253-0310
Representative Timothy Hill
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 23 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243

Staff Contact: Shawn Hatmaker

By Email:
By Phone: (615) 741-2050 By Fax: (615) 253-0298



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  1. Sherri Hyder

    Chad, I sent emails and personal letters

    Sent from my iPhone



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