Monthly Archives: October 2014

Oak Ridge: Guest House / Alexander Inn

Last week’s field work included a trip to Oak Ridge, known as the Secret City for its role in the Manhattan Project during WWII, located about three hours from Nashville. I went to document the Guest House / Alexander Inn (1943) and to attend a community meeting hosted at the American Museum of Science & […]

Knoxville: Fieldwork as a Family Affair

We found ourselves with a free weekend and leapt at the chance to explore more of Tennessee as a family. The destination of choice was Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee and two National Register-listed hotels, the Lamar House Hotel (1816) & Bijou Theatre (1909) and the Andrew Johnson Hotel (1927). It was a twofer […]

Heritage Tourism – Red Boiling Springs, TN

This week’s visit to Red Boiling Springs, a historic mineral springs resort approximately two hours from Nashville in the Upper Cumberland region, got me thinking about heritage tourism in a new way. More specifically, it is making me consider how my experience differs whether I visit a site in a professional capacity as a historian or […]

Invitation to a Grand Adventure

Over the next nine months, as part of my doctoral work, I will be researching and writing a “white paper” on National Register-listed hotels and inns in Tennessee under the auspices of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. I am giddy just thinking about all of the field work required and thankful for the fuel efficiency of diesel engines and […]