"We preserve and promote the unique historic value of the Blount Mansion."
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In this issue:
  • Ribbon Cutting Celebration
  • Craighead-Jackson House Restoration Update
  • Teachers' Professional Development Seminar
  • Upcoming Events
Join the celebration as we dedicate the newly-restored Craighead-Jackson House and Garden, adjacent to Blount Mansion! This handsome federalist structure, dating to 1818, served as Blount Mansion's visitors center and museum from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s, and afterwards was used as office and storage space. We undertook a restoration of the structure, starting last fall, funded by a generous grant from the Boyd Family Foundation (see details, images, and video links below in this newsletter). Simultaneously, using funds raised in a separate campaign, we are restoring the beautiful Colonial Revival garden behind the house.

You are invited to join Blount Mansion's staff and board and members of the Boyd family for a ribbon cutting celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Sept. 22nd. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Restoration work continues at the Craighead-Jackson House and Garden in advance of next month's ribbon-cutting. Contractor Jeff Smith of J & L Renovations has nearly completed restoration of the windows and shutters, and is now refinishing the hardwood floors. Jeff is also supervising other contractors who are repairing cracks in the plaster, as well as electricians and plumbers who are preparing the basement for installation of a restroom and small kitchen. In the meantime, Jeff and Blount Mansion Director David Hearnes are building and installing a wooden picket fence around the garden. Changes are taking place every day!
(Top) The front window openings of the Craighead-Jackson House are boarded up in late July, as Jeff Smith of J & L Renovations refinishes reglazing and priming the windows. (Above left) Jeff Smith paints a window he has just re-installed on August 3rd. (Top right) Mike Pizzolongo repairs plaster upstairs in the Craighead-Jackson House on August 4th. (Bottom left) Jeff Smith uses a power saw to shape the top of a fence post on August 6th. (bottom right) Blount Mansion Executive Director David Hearnes operates a power auger to in the Craighead-Jackson garden on August 4th. A fence post will be placed in the hole. (Below) A view of the floor in the southwest parlor of the Craighead-Jackson House after Jeff Smith used a buffer to remove the old finish.
Blount Mansion will offer a free Professional Development ("PD") seminar for educators on Saturday morning, October 2nd. This even will offer hands-on experiences with civics, early Tennessee history, and our garden, and will give teachers an exciting taste of what Blount Mansion offers students during our in-person field trips. Educators at all grade levels and specialties are welcome to attend!

Details and times will be announced in our next e-newsletter. Close to fifty teachers took part in our last in-person PD seminar in June 2019 (pictured below), so we anticipate great interest in this exciting opportunity. If you have questions or would like to reserve a spot in advance, please email us at
Sept. 22 (10:30 a.m.):  Ribbon-Cutting & Celebration at Craighead Jackson House
Oct. 23, 29, 30, and 31: Blount Mansion Halloween Evening Tours. Details coming soon!
Dec. 3: Holiday Open House
If you have any questions about the stories in this newsletter, please email Michael Jordan, Blount Mansion Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at
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