Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.theapta.org

Mission Statement

The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) promotes and encourages active participation in the preservation of Tennessee's rich historical, cultural, architectural and archaeological heritage through restoration, education, advocacy and statewide cooperation.

Main Programs

  1. Donelson-Hermitage Chapter--Buchanan Log House
  2. Maury County Chapter--The Athenaeum Rectory
  3. Woodruff Fontaine House
  4. The Pillars & Little Courthouse
  5. Ramsey House & Glenmore
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Statewide. We currently have properties in Memphis, Arlington, Boliver, Columbia, Nashville, Knoxville and Jefferson City. There is also an APTA chapter in Murfreesboro.

ruling year

1952

Principal Officer since 2009

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Mrs. Elliott W. McNiel

Keywords

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TENNESSEE, Historical Preservation, APTA, Historical preservation in Tennessee, Fourth Oldest Historical Preservation Association in the country and the oldest in Tennesse.

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EIN

62-0604627

 Number

1226748992

Also Known As

APTA

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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1. Created the Compliance Committee to ensure that all properties are in compliance with the policies and procedures of the APTA, the laws of their communities and the historical narrative of the properties.2.) Developed and organized more social media outlets as a way of providing information to our members and non-members. 3.) Continued our partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU to assess and plan for property improvements. 4.) Work closely with chapters for property and marketing improvements.5.) Offer continuing education to chapter boards.

Programs

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Program 1

Donelson-Hermitage Chapter--Buchanan Log House

Our two-story log house began in 1800 and evolved through the years into a unique property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is built of chestnut logs with poplar floors. Original limestone fireplaces provide focal points for the parlor and bride's room. James Buchanan, an early settler in Davidson County, married Lucinda East in 1810. The first log addition to the home was necessitated in 1820 to accommodate their growing family, which eventually numbered 16 children. The next addition occurred in 1900.Two prominent residents were Judge Thomas N. Frazier who purchased the home in 1865, and his son, James Beriah Frazier. Judge Frazier was a Criminal Court Judge and was impeached during the Reconstruction Days because of his so-called interference in the ratification of the 14th Amendment. (He was later restored to office in 1870). James Frazier was a popular TN governor 1903 to 1905, and was a U.S. Senator 1905 to 1911.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Maury County Chapter--The Athenaeum Rectory

The Athenaeum Rectory is all that remains of an extraordinary school for girls which flourished from 1852 to 1904. This school taught the girls everything a young man would have learned at the time, including physics and calculus. The Moorish Gothic architecture of the Rectory sets it apart from all other buildings in the area. The interior of the home has been newly renovated and boasts beautiful flashed glass with gold dust in its construction, a lovely cast iron fountain, and an original chandelier. Changing exhibits are featured in the home throughout the year.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

Woodruff Fontaine House

This Victorian home was originally built in 1845 and was added onto in 1871 by Charles Goyer, a founder of Union Planters Bank. The house is located on what was once known as "Millionaires Row."

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Program 4

The Pillars & Little Courthouse

Sam Houston, President James K. Pols and other prominent figures were entertained at The Pillars by John Houston Bills who built the impressive home from 1826-1829. The Pillars served as a military headquarters during the Civil War. Hardeman County's first courthouse was built in 1824 and is the oldest courthouse in West Tennessee. It was converted to a residence in 1849.

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Program 5

Ramsey House & Glenmore

Ramsey House Plantation includes the 1797 historic home of Francis A. Ramsey, an early Tennessean instrumental in organizing early social, political, religious and educational institutions. The property included and heirloom garden. Glenmore was built by railroad baron, John R. Branner in 1868. It consists of 27 room as well as a smaller replica, "Doll Town, which served as the winter quarters for the family.

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

Statewide. We currently have properties in Memphis, Arlington, Boliver, Columbia, Nashville, Knoxville and Jefferson City. There is also an APTA chapter in Murfreesboro.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

APTA welcomes new members to: 1.) Preserve and protect the APTA properties by donating to preservation and restoration cost of a property. We currently have over $50,000 in needed maintenance and repairs. 2.) Leave a living legacy in your will to the APTA Endowment Trust 3.) Volunteers are needed to lead historical education programs 4.) Dedicated volunteers are needed at each property 5.) Support the work of the APTA Central Office by donating to the Operations Fund.

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ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF TENNESSEE ANTIQUITIES
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Elliott W. McNiel

BIO

Elliott's extensive background in association management includes acting as Executive Director of the following associations: Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American Waterworks Association, Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association, Tennessee Public Transportation Association, Women in the Nineties, International Bilateral Business/Trade Promotions Association and Tennessee Leadership, Inc. Elliott holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. Among association professionals, a CAE indicates demonstrated leadership skill and proven association management expertise. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities has lovingly and diligently maintained over twenty sites since it was founded in 1951. All of these sites vital to Tennessee's history are still with us today. In addition numerous homes and structures around the state have received the APTA marker, designating that site as a significant historical property. Major sources of funding for the APTA are memberships in the organization, admission to the properties and fundraising activities at the individual chapters. The APTA Endowment Trust provides grants to the chaptes for restoration, maintenance and education. By supporting the APTA you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing an integral part in preserving Tennessee's history for future generations. Only by preserving and learning from our past will we make the right decisions for our future."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Frank McMeen

West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation

Term: July 2012 - June 2016

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