National Register of Historic Places From Tennessee

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's list of cultural resources considered worthy of preservation. In Tennessee, the staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission administers this program. Three times a year, the State Review Board meets to recommend properties for listing in the National Register.

There are over 2000 entries in the National Register from Tennessee. Every county in the state has at least one entry. For additional information on the National Register program, contact the Tennessee Historical Commission at 615/532-1550 or the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission 

          

​ Situated in the northeast part of Franklin County along the Old Alto Highway, near the community of Alto,  the Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission was constructed in 1938. The one-story, gable roof building is constructed of rusticated and coursed “Franklin County Sandstone”, which is similar to the popular Crab Orchard sandstone seen throughout the state. Stone buttresses and stained glass windows delineate the sides of the Gothic Revival chapel. Important architectural features inside include the wood ceiling supported by wood bracing,  wood floors and pews, solid stone walls, and brick quoins surrounding window and door openings. The church was operated by the Paulists whose mission to promote their religion resulted in them being known in the early 20th century for innovative outreach ideas.  At the Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission they used radio, film screening, print media, and even had a “motor chapel” – a trailer with sleeping room in the front and an altar at the back.

WJJM Radio Station and Tower

             

WJJM Radio Station and Tower were built for James Joseph “Jimmie Joe” Murray in 1946.  It is located in Lewisburg, Marshall County, and is still broadcasting.  The building was designed with a radio station on the first floor and living spaces on the second and third floors. Built by Buford Donaldson of Florida, the uncoursed stone building has a one-story front porch, large front chimney, and metal windows. Near the station is a 183-foot transmission tower. Family-owned, WJJM began as a local station that was the most important source of information in Lewisburg.  The first broadcast was on May 15, 1947.  Programming consisted of live music, news, and talk shows, religious services, and local advertising.  In 1968 the station acquired an FM license and broadened its range to include several adjacent counties. The station continues to broadcast on AM and FM frequencies.

Sixteen Tunnel

      

Sixteen Tunnel was built around 1879 by the Cincinnati Southern Railway.  Located in Sunbright, Morgan County, It is a representative example of the type of brick and stone lined tunnels constructed by the rail company in the late 19th century.  Originally, the 1,084 foot arched tunnel was lined with timber but around 1885, it was relined with brick and stone.  The tunnel openings are approximately fifteen feet wide and fourteen feet tall and they are faced with limestone. The railroad district in which the tunnel was built consisted of hairpin curves and steep grades and necessitated a tunnel about every ten miles.  Building and upgrading these tunnels required using the latest innovative engineering techniques.  Changes in rail cars and shipping patterns resulted in most of the tunnels being abandoned or removed.  Sixteen Tunnel became a “passing siding” track in the late 1940s and was abandoned for rail use in 1955.