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Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park
The Battle of Blountville occurred largely in and around the historic town of Blountville, Tennessee. Recognizing the importance of commemorating the battle, TN State Representative Tony Shipley spearheaded the move to establish a Civil War Park commemorating the Battle of Blountville. Rep. Shipley appointed an Executive Committee which quickly moved forward to develop plans for the park. In February 2011, Sullivan County passed a resolution authorizing the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism to assist the Battle of Blountville Civil War Park Executive Committee in development of the park in the interest of promoting heritage tourism. The Battle of Blountville Civil War Park and its development will primarily begin in the Historic District of downtown Blountville as recognized on the National Register of Historic Sites. Goals for the park are outlined below. See how you can help with the park.

Battle of Blountville Civil War Re-Enactment
Photo courtesy of Danny Worley


Short-range Developmental Goals for the Park

  • Set the stage for branding the Battle of Blountville Civil War Park by establishing a logo,
    development of a website and promotional literature for the same
  • Unite the Civil War Park Executive Committee and the annual Battle of Blountville Re-Enactment Committee to complement future development of the park
  • Establish a main Civil War monument and commemorative brick walkway for those who fought in the Battle of Blountville
  • Establish two additional Civil War monuments in the main-stage area of the downtown Blountville Historic District
  • Implement Civil War cannons and other artifacts along the Civil War walk
  • Develop walking trails and interpretative markers to local, pertinent battlefield sites

 

Long-range Developmental Goals

  • Explore the possibility of obtaining additional park lands through permissive acquisition
    Establish additional monuments dedicated to each of the Civil War units
  • Establish a Civil War Research Center, Museum and Gift Shop
  • Implement educational programs for schools
  • Develop audio-visual aids to promote living history guided tours and self-guided auto tours

Additional land for the Battle of Blountville Civil War Park will be procured by permissive acquisition over a period of years and will serve to enhance the battlefield area in the downtown Blountville Historic District.

The Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism currently serves as the Civil War Research Center which houses several Civil War artifacts; the department will continue to serve in that capacity in the interim until a full-scale Civil War Research Center is developed.

The Battle of Blountville Civil War Research Center and Museum will include audio-visual aids, films, early photographs, maps, scale models and authentic artifacts found in the area. The center will also serve as an interpretive center and starting point for visitors to the Civil War Park.

Specific sites for the Battle of Blountville Civil War Park will include, but are not limited to, the Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, the Old Blountville Cemetery, the Masonic Female Academy Site, the Old Sheriff Home and Jail, and other possible sites in the Blountville Historic District which is recognized on the National Register of Historic Sites.



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