Heritage Alliance is still scrambling to meet grant requirements for placing two additional Civil War markers in Warren County. The pressure is now on the county to help the organization cash in on grant money.
After reviewing the organization’s plans for marker placement Friday, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development director Lee Curtis has changed the marker’s locations from city-owned property to county-owned property.
“We had a meeting with Lee and she wanted to move where we originally planned to place the markers,” said Rachel Killebrew. “Requirements for marker placement have changed since we placed the first markers here. There has to be accessible areas for handicap parking close to the markers.”
Heritage Alliance is attempting to add two more markers to Tennessee’s Civil War Trails in Warren County. The program identifies, interprets, and creates driving tours throughout the state at Civil War sites. McMinnville Breakfast Rotary, of which Killebrew is a member, added Warren County to the trail in 2010 with three markers.
“We are trying to help with this project,” said Killebrew. “The process is not an easy one. Given the short time frame given for the grant, it may be impossible. We are going to push forward and hope for the best.”
Heritage Alliance wants to place markers at High Street Cemetery for Gen. Benjamin Hill and on Rebel Hill for the Battle of Rebel Hill. However, parking is a problem in both locations.
When it comes to the marker at the High Street Cemetery, the closest handicap parking would be at the Blue Building.
“She said that was too far away from the marker,” said Killebrew. “She suggested we place that marker at the courthouse next to the one that’s already there. It will still be for Gen. Hill.”
The second marker on Rebel Hill was originally destined for city-owned property. Parking would be available in the short turning lane, which is on the hill where Rebel Hill Street is connected to Spring Street.
Lee vetoed that placement as well.
“She suggested we place that marker at the school, which means both markers will be on county-owned property,” said Killebrew.
Tennessee Tech has grant money to pay for the construction and placement of both markers, which costs approximately $1,100 each. Heritage Alliance only has until June 30.