Sen. Pody and Rep. Boyd announce vote by Executive Subcommittee of State Building Commission regarding purchase of 73 acres at Cedars of Lebanon

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) and Representative Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon) announced today that the State Building Commission’s Executive Subcommittee voted unanimously on Wednesday afternoon to purchase 73 acres adjacent to Cedars of Lebanon State Park.  The purchase of the land will allow Tennessee to increase the protection of cedar glades, while providing a land bridge from Cedars of Lebanon State Forest to the park.

“This is great news,” said Senator Pody.  “This piece of property will help protect the Cedar of Lebanon State Park landscape and expand opportunities for Tennessean’s and visitors to enjoy the beautiful land within our own state.  It also ensures that the delicate cedar glades located on the property are preserved in the park for future generations to enjoy.”

Pody and Boyd supported the purchase of the property and were in communication with members of the Executive Subcommittee regarding its positive impact on the community.  The Executive Subcommittee consists of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Treasurer David Lillard and State Comptroller Justin Wilson.

The property is adjacent to Cedars of Lebanon State Forest and across Highway 231from the entrance to the park.  The structures on the property include a single-family dwelling dating back to the 1920s which retains much of its historical character.  This includes its intact chimneys, original wood windows, a shed roof dormer, and stone foundation which are symbolic of an early twentieth-century working farm.  Pody said state officials anticipate converting the house for use as a museum/interpretative center utilizing operating funds from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The property also has outbuildings, including a milking barn, livestock barn, and corncrib.  The farm could be used to create a space for children, school groups and the public to learn about early-and-mid-twentieth-century farming practices.

“This property, it’s museum and historical farm will greatly enhance the experience of visitors to the park, draw new tourists to our community, and provide people of all ages with information about our unique heritage,” added Rep. Boyd.  “I look forward to seeing the completed project and appreciate the favorable action taken by Executive Subcommittee members to move this project forward.”

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