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Red Boiling Springs Heritage Museum

$9,582 of $22,500 goal

Raised by 14 people in 14 months
Created November 20, 2017
Red Boiling Springs is a very small town in the hills of Tennessee. At the turn of the Twentieth Century, it was a booming mineral resort town that drew thousands of visitors during "the season".

Today, three of the resort hotels are all that is left of that era. Due to floods and fire we have lost a lot of the physical evidence of our "hey days". The town is rich in history but has no where to show case that history.

Vision 2020 Inc, a non-profit 501c3, purchased the old Red Boiling Springs Bank building in 2012, with the view of creating a Heritage Museum for the community. The building was built in 1929 and has been added to the National Historic Register. The first thing we must do is to restore the building itself.  We have replaced the roof and restored the brick work.

We need  $20,000 to restore and in some cases totally rebuild our windows and doors.  We understand that times are hard but if a lot of people can give a little, we can reach this goal and be that much closer to preserving our history for future generations.

Thanks in advance for caring about our community.
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Update 4
Posted by Rita Watson
10 months ago
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You would think, as often as I have been in and out of this old building, I would know how many windows and doors we had. I didn't and I have had to update the amount we will need to do the repair work. We have two doors with transoms over them and three (not two) windows that have transoms and then 7 "standard" windows. The standard windows are 6 over 6 and the windows with transoms are 8 over 8.

We are searching for old glass to replace and repair the broken windows. The kind that distorts your view. Short of finding actual period glass we will go with reproduction glass. The doors had a patterned glass and we will try to get a reproduction that matches.

And of course there is all the wood that needs to be replaced, repaired, painted, etc.

We are now "selling" the windows and doors. (No, you do not get to take them home with you.) But the sponsor(s) will have their name permanently placed next to their window or door. You can do this as an individual or as a group/family. You can do it in honor of someone.

The following is the list for sponsorship:
Door with transom (2) $3,000 each
Window with transom (3) $2,000 each
Window (7) $1,500 each


And before I leave here, let me once again thank everyone who has given to this project fianancially and of their time and labor. This is definitely a community project.
street side
street door
parking lot angle
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Update 3
Posted by Rita Watson
11 months ago
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Volunteers from Vision 2020 Inc removed the old floor, piece by piece, into a wheelbarrow, then into a container to haul away. It is hard to explain about the old cement floor. It was a cement floor suspended above the ground, poured between the floor joists. The wooden floor nailed on joists. If anyone has heard of this type of construction before, please let us know.

Thank you Richard Eadler, Del Watson and Gary LeCureux (not in picture) for all your hard work.

We continue to work on the floor and on the doors and windows. Thanks to all you continue to support our efforts to save our heritage!
cement floor removal
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Update 2
Posted by Rita Watson
12 months ago
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History note for today. This is a picture of the Hotel that sat on the property where the Palace Hotel was built in 1914. According to newspapers of the day it was never given a name. It was the only one in town, so it was advertised as the hotel in Red Boiling Springs. The postcard was postmarked 1909, which could mean that Robert McEwan was proprietor at the time. It was probably the secon or maybe the third hotel built around the original Red Sulphur Spring. McEwan advertized the place as having been famous for its mineral waters for over 100 years.

It's now been over 100 years since McEwan made his boast. Help us hang onto our history for another 100+ years by making a donation today. Thanks!
The hotel 1909
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Update 1
Posted by Rita Watson
14 months ago
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Our first donation comes from Bill Green. Bill has been an ongoing supporter of the Heritage Museum from the very beginning.

In 1949 Bill began work at the Red Boiling Springs Bank. He worked his way up from cashier to Vice-President and then to President in 1969. By 1974, he was both President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He retired from the Bank in 1991, but today, 2017 at the age of 91, he is still an active member of the Board of Directors of Macon Bank & Trust Company.

This year Bill received a community service award from North Central Telephone Cooperative. The recipient of this award chooses whom he wished to receive the monetary award. Bill chose the RBS Heritage Museum.

Bill is pictured with Crystal Justice, Chair of Vision 2020 Inc at there annual meeting. Vision 2020 recognized Bill for his support of our community.
Bill Green and Crystal Justice.
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