Wreaths Across America
The General William Lenoir chapter of NSDAR helped us recognize and honor veterans in Loudon County. A short ceremony was held at Pine Grove Cemetery December 18, 2021 with Mary Frierson in charge. Representative Lowell Russell and Mayor Dewayne Birchfield addressed the crowd, and Lanny McCollum of Grave Concerns/Greenback Historical Society unveiled the wreath. The Children of The American Revolution set the mood with their costumes. Several Greenback citizens attended. This is the 2nd event that our club has enjoyed participating with Mary's NSDAR club to celebrate veterans. The first was held at the Benjamin Bingham Cemetery.
Historic Home Tour
The virtual learners from Mrs. Rutgerson's fourth grade class enjoyed a local history tour led by Lanny and Anita McCollum. The favorite stops seemed to be The McCollum Farm and The Griffitts House where Judy Hudson and Larry Benson were transformed into William and Lucy Ann Griffitts. Both of these houses are on The National Register of Historic Places. -Summer of 2021
Three Driving Tours may be checked out at the museum. You and your driver can learn the history of dozens of places in the Greenback area. These are great for a Sunday afternoon exploration. Colleen Ragain, Judy Hudson, and others worked on A Meadow Tour, Greenback to Morganton to Centerville, Railroads and Depots, Marble Quarries, and The Walking Tour which covers downtown Greenback.
We often hold meetings at different historic places in our area. Craig's Chapel is a favorite location. The church was built in 1899 and is on The National Register of Historic Places. Our business meetings often feature guest speakers, historical information about the meeting place, and music enjoyed then and now.
Other meeting locations are: The Greenback Community Center, the Greenback First Presbyterian Church Pavilion, The Greenback Heritage Museum, Hackney's Chapel, and our driving tours.
The club has a variety of fund-raiser events in order to support its many community projects. One of the most creative was a tractor raffle which was made possible by Mr. John Cochran. He not only had the idea, he furnished the tractor! His 1966 International Cub Tractor brought the club $5,300 from 530 tickets sold. Margaret Moore was the lucky winner of the Cub.
November 5, 2022 will be the Annual Shirley Hall Memorial Band Jam at the Greenback Depot. Jimmy Stinnett and Friends will provide an Americana set. Then U.S. 129 will rock the house with a variety of Rock N Roll covers. Barbecue is in the plans for dinner. A ticket includes music and food. More about this in the winter Chronicler.
Judy Franklin Hudson is publishing her book, The Greenback I Remember...A Century of Stories of A Unique Tennessee Town under the sponsorship of The Greenback Historical Society. It was sent to the printer May 15, 2022. You will want a copy of this delightful, informative book about Greenback from 1900 to 2020. Judy is going to donate profits from her book to our club. The book will be sold at the Greenback Heritage Museum and additional places around town. More information will be posted soon as to how you can purchase her book.