Local Landmark Added To National Register of Historical Places

James-Beaty-StoreNASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission has announced eight Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

“The National Register honors places that help Tennesseans understand our heritage and make our communities unique and enjoyable,” Executive Director of the Tennessee Historical Commission Patrick McIntyre said. “We are confident this recognition will help retain these unique sites for future generations to know and appreciate.”

Sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places include:


Beaty General Merchandise Store – The James Beaty General Merchandise store was built in 1924 in Grimsley on State Highway 28, a major thoroughfare in Fentress County. The one-story building was originally sheathed in wood, but the front was bricked in the 1950s. The large storefront windows and single door into the building are characteristic of this community general store. Dry goods, general merchandise, a post office and sandwich area are some of the uses of the store in the early to mid-20th century; gasoline pumps used to sit in front of the store. The south shed roof extension was the feed store, an important use of the building in the farming community. The Beaty store was the commercial, social and economic center of Grimsley.

Other Sites included:

Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown, the Greenback Depot in Loudon County, the M.A. Helm House near Riceville in McMinn County, the Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church in Sevier County, the Sears, Roebuck and Company Distribution Center and Retail Store in Memphis, the Wartburg Presbyterian Church in Morgan County, and the Westmoreland Water Wheel and Gatepost in Knoxville.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.