Blountville closer to Civil War park, tour

Blountville closer to Civil War park, tour

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Blountville to attract tourists by using Civil War history Blountville to attract tourists by using Civil War history

BLOUNTVILLE (AP) - A plan to lure tourists to downtown Blountville by using the city's historic architecture and Civil War history is taking shape.

City leaders are moving closer to having a Civil War Memorial Park to commemorate the Battle of Blountville that will tie together a tour.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that the plan is to build sidewalks from the Civil War Memorial Park into downtown Blountville so visitors can take a walking tour, learn about the battle and see historic buildings.

A $385,000 grant given from the state in 2010 was the seed for the project. Part of the plan is to restore the abandoned sheriff's building and turn it into an information center with the grant money. Organizers say the project, while not completed, has advanced significantly.

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