Ross and Mead Marble Quarries

In 2013, I joined two of my MTSU Center for Historic Preservation colleagues, Dr. Susan Knowles and MTSU Ph.D. student Lydia Simpson, in completing two National Register for Historic Places nominations for Ross and Mead marble quarries in Knoxville, Tennessee. We worked with Ijams Nature Center, which manages the land both historic quarries are located. We found that these quarries were significant to the East Tennessee marble industry that was active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Tennessee marble is used in a number of nationally significant buildings, but Ross and Mead document where this resource was extracted. I was responsible for researching and writing the physical descriptions for both properties, which was a very challenging task since cultural landscapes are hard to capture on forms meant for architectural structures. The National Park Service added the properties to the National Register on March 26, 2014. Here are the nominations for Mead Quarry and Ross Quarry.

Skills Utilized/Acquired: historical research methods, cultural landscape documentation and analysis, group collaboration, working with stake holders, and written communication.

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