Improvements to Park Honor Anniversary of Great War

April 12, 2016  |  Permalink

Tennessee State Parks leaders, along with many community members, recently honored the anniversary of World War I at Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park. Attendees included members of Sergeant York’s family, who participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce recent building improvements at the Park.

Park improvements include the renovation of the York General Store into a visitor’s center. The building now serves as the departure point for guided tours of the York home and the Wolf River Valley. A portion of the interior has been restored to appear as the General Store did circa 1940 as well as several WWI exhibits, a small auditorium where a video on Sergeant York can be viewed, and a retail area. Additional Park improvements include a replicated section of WWI trenches which were part of a living history event.

Attached and below is a photo from the event that we would love for you to include for your readers and viewers. Photo credit goes to Bill Bowden with the Fentress Courier.

(Front row, left to right: Leanne Smith, Executive Director of the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce; Brock Hill, TDEC Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation; Dr. Michael Birdwell, Tennessee Tech University and Chairman of the Tennessee Great War Commission; George Edward York, son of Alvin C. York; Michael Cross, Fentress County Mayor. Second row, behind George Edward York; Betsy Ross York Lowery, daughter of Alvin C. York; Misty Stephens, Fentress County Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Wells, Tennessee State Parks Director of Interpretive Services; Travis Stover, Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park Manager. Third row, behind Betsy Ross York Lowery: former U.S. Congressman Lincoln Davis; Retired Colonel Gerald York, grandson of Alvin C. York.)

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