The newly acquired property at 8746 Hiwassee St., Charleston, is the first part of a three-part heritage development project in progress for the CCH Historical Society.
Plans for the center are being donated by Associated Architectural Services and will be unveiled at the meeting.
Tom Crye, partner in the firm, has a personal interest in local history and supports efforts to share the stories of Bradley County. The other features of the project include a river park on the banks of the Hiwassee River and an interpretive greenway to connect the park with the heritage center.
The greenway will provide the opportunity for health and recreation, but also to walk in the footsteps of those who made history on Charleston’s soil – Cherokee people, Civil War soldiers, movie stars and cultural revolutionaries.
As visitors and residents walk the greenway, interpretive signage will explain the important sites and stories of Charleston.
Also at the Sunday’s meeting, updates will be given about the planning progress of the International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off. This festival has already gained attention for the area and is sure to be a draw from the region.
“We have received such positive responses about the cowpea festival,” said Darlene Goins, CCHHS treasurer and co-chair of the International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off. “Everyone is intrigued by the name and then excited about all the activities and fun we are planning. We hope to draw folks from all over the area to this unique event.”
The group meets each month on the third Sunday at 3 p.m. Membership is only $10 per year and comes with special discounts at the groups events throughout the year. Anyone interested in membership or receiving emails regarding meetings or activities, please Darlene Goins at 423-336-2763 or DarleneGoins@bellsouth.net or Faye Callaway at 423-336-5694.