On Monday, members of the Grande County Tourism Board met Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development (TDTD), Mark Ezell and David Currie, director of the Tennessee Conservation Trust (TPT) and the TDTD public relations team to visit Monteagle Highlander Folk School . and the Tennessee South Cumberland Visitor Center at the Heritage Center in Tracy City.
After visiting the historic Highland Folk School and the Heritage Center, the group discussed partnerships with the state to develop tourism on the plateau.
“We’ve been brainstorming about the future of tourism here and in rural communities,” said Dominique Gialdini, Grandee County tourism coordinator. “We gathered important people in one room. I think it will draw attention to us and help us collaborate in the future.”
David Currie, TPT’s director of the Highlander Library Building Restoration Project, is partnering with Todd Mayo, owner of The Caverns, to return the property for use as a premier historic civil rights venue, music education institution, and tourist destination in Tennessee’s South Cumberland region. .
In 2014, TPT purchased the Highland Folk School library building, along with eight additional acres of the original campus, and restored the structure to its appearance at the height of the schools’ involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. For years after the closure of the Summerfield campus, only…