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Repairs Underway At Storm-Damaged Historic Site


CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. - Help is on the way for an historic Tennessee structure nearly destroyed by tornadoes two months ago. 

Wynnewood was built in 1828 as a stagecoach inn.

In February, severe storms ripped across the state, killing more than 30 people and destroyed or damaged structures including the state-owned historic log structure in Castalian Springs.

Organizers of an upcoming colonial fair hope the event will bring money and awareness to the rebuilding effort.

"It just breaks your heart to know what it was and to see what it was and to see and then you just see all of this just laying in the front yard," said Angela Govan of the Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association.

Coffee house owners Angela and Henry Govan want to help Wynnewood with the first-ever colonial fair. It will take place in Sumner County fields not far from the deadly tornado path that took dozens of lives.

"People that heard that nationwide, that heard about what happened were calling that day, wanting to know if everybody's okay, is the colonial fair still going on, we want to come and support it. What can we do?" Angela Govan said.

Part of the proceeds will help preserve artifacts. Tax dollars will likely pay for the tedious rebuilding of the National Historic Landmark. It was added to the National Park Service's list of historic landmarks in 1971, according to the National Park Service Web site.

Henry Govan said they want to keep the designation because ".there are not many sites in Tennessee that have that."

It is the "same as same Monticello or Mount Vernon," he said. "The procedures have to be well-documented and have to be checked off the list."

Other Tennessee landmarks on the list include the Beale Street historic district in Memphis, George Peabody College For Teachers in Nashville, Jubilee Hall at Fisk University and the state Capitol, according to the National Park Service Web site.

The Govans admit the tornado brought changes to Wynnewood and not all of it is bad.

"I think it's drawn a greater appreciation for history," Angela Govan said.

It is a history they plan to preserve for generations to come. 

A meeting regarding the rebuilding effort scheduled for Thursday night was canceled due to the weather.

The Bledsoe's Fort Colonial Fair will take place May 3-4.

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