A stroll through any big city throughout the globe will guarantee a variety of exciting sites. You’ll gaze upon tall skyscrapers made of steel, glass and concrete, as they loom over the streets below and dominate the skyline. More modern buildings seem to govern every metropolis as technology and the needs of the current culture continue to advance. But, while a walk downtown ensures plenty of proof of contemporary life, you’re also sure to find a diamond in the rough or gem of a location that has stood the test of time. These historical buildings not only give their location a touch of character by way of preservation, but they also are silent storytellers – evidence of how techniques and build styles have changed throughout the years.
Now, imagine this same casual walk through a given city without these beautiful treasures. What if a town’s historical buildings and districts ceased to exist? What visible evidence would there be as to the journey that architecture has taken? How could we honor past generations and their contribution to crafting the cities we know and love today? Such a thing would truly be a tragedy to experience, and it’s a reality that countless people are working to ensure never occurs.
Although preserving our past and examining how it can shape our future is a priority every year, the team at the General Morgan Inn and fellow history lovers pay special attention to historical architecture and its continued influence during the month of May. That’s because May is National Preservation Month. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, since 1973, National Preservation Month marks when local preservation groups, state historical societies, civic organizations, and business promote historic locations and heritage tourism to demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historical sites. The National Park Service perhaps says it best, explaining that “our nation’s history has many facets, and historic preservation helps tell these stories. Sometimes historic preservation involves celebrating events, people, places, and ideas that we are proud of; other times it involves recognizing moments in our history that can be painful to remember.”
No matter what the reason, the importance of preserving historical buildings throughout the country, and locally speaking, the General Morgan Inn cannot be overstated. In Greeneville, Tennessee, the General Morgan Inn stands for what is both stunningly familiar and something unexpected. Its image and spirit reign all throughout small-town America. As a proud partner of Historic Hotels of America since 2002, the Inn continues to renovate its historic landscape to meet the needs of coming generations, including a revitalization of guest rooms, the ballroom, and the Grand Lobby. We hope you’ll come to visit us and experience all that the General Morgan Inn has to offer. Contact us at (423) 787-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stay today! Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events and specials.