Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • National parks are special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

  • The American Battlefield Protection Program promotes the preservation of historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.

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  • Certified Local Governments are grass-roots partners in historic preservation. They are eligible to receive grants and technical expertise.

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  • The Federal Lands to Parks program helps states and communities acquire surplus federal land to create new parks and recreation places.

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  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives revitalize communities by encouraging private sector rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings.

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  • Land & Water Conservation Fund matching grants help states and communities provide open spaces and healthy recreation places for people.

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  • The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

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  • Preserve America matching grants protect community character and economic vitality through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation.

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  • RTCA provides expertise and empowers communities to protect their own special places for conservation and outdoor recreation.

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  • Save America’s Treasures matching grants to historic properties and museum collections preserve our nation’s unique, irreplaceable cultural heritage.

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Tennessee Highlights

  • Front portico of the Greek Revival “Second Hermitage”

    Save America's Treasures grant

    Old Hickory’s refuge

    Nashville, Tennessee

    Although the politician Andrew Jackson represented the common man, Jackson the planter lived the life of the gentry.

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  • Paddlers get ready to launch on the Forked Deer River

    Community Conservation & Recreation

    One stroke at a time

    Dyersburg, Tennessee

    A water trail that connects the North Forked Deer River to the Mississippi is expected to help both business and conservation.

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  • Façade of the George Washington School after rehabilitation.

    Preservation Tax Credit

    Former elementary school now has senior residents

    Kingsport, TN

    The first public school in Kingsport, Tennessee, has been rehabilitated for use as low-income housing for seniors.

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  • North facade of the Wilkinson-Martin House

    National Register of Historic Places

    Built by the earliest settlers

    Pulaski, Tennessee

    As one of the oldest houses in the vicinity of Pulaski, the Wilkinson-Martin House is a local landmark that now serves as a community center.

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  • A cannon firing at Stones River National Battlefield. Photo: NPS/Amy Hardman

    National Park Getaway

    Hallowed Ground

    Rutherford County, Tennessee

    Stones River National Battlefield is the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, a narrow Union victory with more losses than Antietam.

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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/13.