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.
Oaklawn Garden - Germantown - Shelby County
Oaklawn Garden was started as a commercial nursery by Mamie and Harry L. Cloyes in 1923. Today owned by the city of Germantown and operated as a park, the 6.46 acres contains the Cloyes circa 1875 house, the nursery office with carport, and a shed associated with the nursery. The site also boasts a historic allee, 1923 daffodil bed, natural greenhouse, and a certified Level One arboretum. All of these represent Oaklawn's importance as a commercial enterprise in Germantown. The Cloyes moved to the property to help Mamie's Unlce Fritz Hussy run his farm and by 1923 Mamie was growing and selling daffodils. Separated from her husband in the 1930s, Mamie, her Uncle Fritz, and her son Harry F. Cloyes ran the farm and nursery business until 1968, when Mamie turned the business over to Harry F. and his wife. Harry F. started collecting historic artifacts and putting them on his property that year and continued to do that until 1976 when, realizing the need to conserve this historic site, the city of Germantown bought the property.
Bethel Methodist Church - Morristown - Hamblen County
Built around 1907 - 1908, the Bethel Methodist Church is a cross-gable form church building with Gothic Revival details. The tall gable field and tower are sheathed in weatherboard, while the main story of the building is brick veneer. Located in a commercial area of Morristown, the Bethel Methodist Church is notable for its association with the city's African American community. The building served as a cornerstone of social and religious activity and was aligned with Morristown College, a prominent African American institution in the region. During the 1940s, the Women's Society of Christian Science was organized and raising funds and planning events for the church and community. By 1951, the congregation had grown and a rear addition was constructed on the building. The church continues to be a key organization in Morristown.
Sanda Hosiery Mills - Cleveland - Bradley County
Sanda Hosiery Mills was once of the largest employers in Cleveland, a city that had several hosiery mills and industrial operations in the 20th century. Known for its high quality children’s hosiery, Sanda’s products were marketed under the Humpty Dumpty brand and included the “Famous Baby Bootie Sock.” Sanda Hosiery Mills began circa 1926 with the construction of two brick buildings originally used as warehouses. By 1940, these buildings were part of the Cherokee Knitting Mills and were connected to larger brick industrial buildings. Sanda Hosiery Mills operated in the city in the 1940s and by 1950 it was located in the extant complex. Production at the mill stopped in 2000 and there are plans to reuse the complex using the preservation tax incentives.