Civil War park sign to be dedicated in Blountville

J. H. Osborne • Sep 17, 2017 at 5:48 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A special welcome is extended to “all heritage and lineage organizations” to attend a dedication ceremony for the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park’s new welcome sign.

The event, open to the public, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday (September 18, 2017) at the corner of State Route 394 and the Blountville Bypass. That’s just off Interstate 81’s Exit 66.

Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable will open the ceremony, according to promotional materials from the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, on behalf of the park’s executive board.

The event is described as a celebration of the official launch of “Phase I” of the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park.

Special donors will be honored, along with special guests from local heritage groups, according to the invitation for the event, and plans for a Veterans Memorial Park and Walkway will be unveiled by park architect Kenneth P. Soergel.

Other information from the invitation:

The Veterans Memorial Park will honor those who served in any branch of the military.

The general public will be given the opportunity to purchase a commemorative brick that will be engraved with the name of a veteran, living or deceased.

Forms will be on hand for ordering the commemorative bricks for a donation of $100. The bricks will serve as a permanent place of honor in the walkway and walls of the veterans park.

The Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park Executive Board is partnered with the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism for the purposes of establishing the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park.

The mission of the board is to preserve the history of the Battle of Blountville, which occurred on September 22, 1863; to enhance heritage tourism in Sullivan County; to offer educational opportunities to learn more about the battle and the events that led up to it; and to showcase the rich heritage of downtown Historic Blountville.

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