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White House Joins The Civil War Trails Program

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by Adam Ghassemi

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. - There is no doubt some people love history. Their period clothing can make their passion easy to identify even if the location they are celebrating doesn't.

"You may ask, why are we doing this in White House? We have no battlefields in White House." said White House Mayor Mike Arnold.

Highway 31W, that cuts through White House, was once a major route for troops from both sides of the Civil War.

"You have troops moving through here all the time for four years large regiments, thousands of men," said Dr. Carroll Van West with the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation.

Van West said troops created a lasting impact just being in White House without ever having a battle.

"It changed it politically, it changed it economically, but it also sort of changed it culturally," he went onto say.

White House is the latest location in the state to become a part of the Civil War Trails system.

"That's the beauty of the Civil War Trails program. It tells those lesser known stories that happened in between the major battles," Lee Curtis with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

The marker may help bring historical tourists to an area they may never otherwise visit.

"[Markers] will help to connect people to the story and the multiple stories that are out there," Van West said.

The markers are paid for by a two-part federal enhancement grant, which comes through TDOT.

Interactive Map: http://www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/trails/

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