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Sabine Hill restoration to be topic of tonight"s talk in Jonesborough

John Thompson • Nov 14, 2018 at 5:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The restoration of one of Carter County’s historic treasures will be the topic of the final History Happy Hour in Jonesborough for the 2018 season, which takes place tonight.

Jennifer Bauer, manager of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, will be the speaker for the presentation. The event will be held  at 6:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. This presentation will be held at the International Storytelling Center beside the Chester Inn Museum.

Sabine Hill was the seat of the politically prominent Taylor family, which produced two governors of Tennessee, a federal judge and a brigadier general in the War of 1812. The general was Nathaniel Taylor, who was part of the army led by Andrew Jackson to defend against a British invasion somewhere on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. While most of Jackson’s army defended at New Orleans, Taylor was part of Jackson force defending at Mobile, Ala.

Sabine Hill was completed by Taylor’s widow, Mary Patton Taylor, in 1818. After many years of decline, the house was acquired by the state and was made a satellite of Sycamore Shoals. A major restoration of the prominent federal-style house was begun by the Tennessee Historical Commission to restore the house to its 1818 appearance.

History Happy Hour is a collaborative program in its second year at the Chester Inn Museum. The programs are on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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