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East Tennessee Preservation Alliance

Propeller Gas Station- – Todd Morgan

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) is the 16-county regional partner of Knox Heritage and works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Middle East Tennessee (Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Hamblen, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union Counties). For more information, please visit

Historic preservation is important. There are proven benefits to property owners, neighborhoods and entire cities. It is an essential tool for creating places with a high quality of life, stable property values and tourism appeal. Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance would like for every person to understand the true, measurable value of historic preservation and how to access resources available to assist them with planning and executing the best approach. That’s why we created the “PLACES” preservation toolbox. PLACES is an acronym that represents the six key components necessary to achieve success with historic preservation: Partnerships, Leadership, Advocacy, Collaboration, Education, Strategies. Visit the online toolbox HERE.


  • Eight regional conferences hosted in Townsend, Rugby, Jonesborough, Gatlinburg, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Knoxville and Morristown.
  • 87 regional preservation awards have been presented since 2010.
  • The Alexander Inn was removed from the “endangered heritage” list after a buyer and developer were secured with help from the Department of Energy and National Historic Tax Credits.
  • “Developer Road Shows” have visited Knoxville, Maryville, Sweetwater, Morristown, Lenoir City, Jefferson City, Newport and Dandridge.
  • A series of community “toolboxes” have visited Morristown, Maynardville, Jellico, Wears Valley, Oak Ridge and other places to discuss conservation easements, downtown revitalization, creating local historic districts among other topics.
  • Regional Summer Supper events have been held at historic sites in Maryville, Jefferson City and Jefferson County, Sevier County, Morgan County, Grainger County, Morristown, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Norris and Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains.

How to Support

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Become a member of Knox Heritage and ETPA.

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