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Signal Mountain Historic District Newsletters and Events
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published on 12/07/2001

Signal Place Historic District (Old Towne) Newsletter


Many, many thanks to Charlotte and Robert White for welcoming us at Marrcrest for our Christmas Supper. We also want to express our appreciation to them for their efforts in securing our designation as Signal Place Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The first name of the Alexian Hotel was Signal Place.

Our goal is to raise funds so that we may enhance the unique character of our district. We want to add street lamps with banners to designate the entrances to this neighborhood. The dinner/fundraiser on December 2nd will achieve only a part of the funds we need; consequently, we will have a specific fundraising campaign early in 2002. It is also our hope to establish a modest yearly contribution per household so that we can continue to improve our district.

Another objective is to enjoy our neighbors in a social setting in order to foster fellowship and pride in our area.

We want to acknowledge those who helped make the dinner/fundraiser possible.

Glen Broome, manager of Signal Mountain Pruetts for contributing many of our grocery items and for special prices.

Paul Tyner of Tyner Capital Management for allowing us to illuminate the Old Trolley stop for the Christmas season.

•A huge thanks to Pris and Mark Shartle for designing a web site for Old Towne—a wonderful way for us to communicate. If you are able to log on, make it a point to share that news with a neighbor who does not have Internet access. Go to:, then click on Signal Place Historic Distric (Old Towne) Newsletter.

•The Signal Mountain merchants and others who contributed items for the Silent “Signal Place” Auction:

Accents, The GRAPEViNE, Bread Basket, Mountain Top Toys, Brow Gallery, Sam Powell, Karen Currey (Christmas Lady Antiques), Three Sisters of April,
Anne LSB Davis, Wild Hare Books, and The Doll Cottage.

Remember to go to the GRAPEViNE to purchase our notecards and postcards. All proceeds go to the Association. We will offer a spring and Christmas card in 2002.

Special Thanks
•Susan Collins – word processing: newsletter and program;
•Margo Gardner – design and printing of invitations;
•Anne Hagood – design of notecard labels; address labels;
•Jo Kellum – photograph and setup of notecards (contact her for photographs or drawings of your home/garden, , which can be used as notecards);
Cooking GroupBetty Jones, Sandra Kesler, Susan Collins, Linda McGann, Linda McLean, Catherine Smith, Anne Ozburn, Margo Gardner, Mary Seay, Marian Riggar. Special thanks to Laura Powell of the Charlet House on Riverpoint Road for the dinner rolls.

A final thanks to Anne and Cay Ozburn and to George and Catherine Smith for maintaining the Well Garden through each season, and to Linda McGann for suggesting the parade—we’ll be using her driveway.

Future Events:
April- “In Your Easter Bonnet” – for the young and young at heart; “After Easter Parade Ice Cream Social,” from Alexian Steeple to the well.
Certificates in many categories and by age groups and vehicles—buggies, bikes, scooters, etc. Join the fun!

May 5 - Our 3rd Home and Garden Tour

Also in May the Whites will celebrate at Marrcrest our historic designation. Letters about this will be forthcoming.

Please look on for updates and other calendar events.

Kudzu Kudos: Let’s hope the Williams and Wilkersons of Brady Point “compete” again next year for Fall Displays. We can admire (envy) Bill’s street lamp.

Also really great is the renovation done by Ken and Joanne Beckman on the Tudor duplex across from the Trolley Stop. Joanne is the sister of our Old Towne neighbor Tac Caldwell.

If you have expertise in the manner of lighting, etc., or printing of banners, please contact Marian Riggar, 6498. We need knowledgeable help in selecting and installing the street lamps. We will also approach the city about the assistance it can and should offer us.

Again, we are truly appreciative of Robert and Charlotte’s endeavors on behalf of our district and for their welcoming us to Marrcrest.

Newsletter Editor:
Marian Riggar,

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