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Preserve Chattanooga: Grassroots Preservation In Orchard Knob & Ridgedale

Flowers in the foreground with the Orchard Knob Battle Monument in the distance in the background.
Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association
Flowers in the foreground with the Orchard Knob Battle Monument in the distance in the background.

Orchard Knob and Ridgedale are two of the most historic neighborhoods here in Chattanooga.

We’ll talk about the history of those communities - and today’s grassroots preservation there - in this first part of our fall conversation series with Preserve Chattanooga, the historic preservation nonprofit in this city.

Linda Carter is president of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association.

Christina Sacco is president of the Ridgedale Community Association.

Eric Myers is executive director of Chattanooga Design Studio.

A sign in the Ridgedale neighborhood.
Ridgedale Community Association
A sign in the Ridgedale neighborhood.

Our thanks to Todd Morgan of Preserve Chattanooga for partnering with us on this series.

Stay tuned for more conversations here on “Scenic Roots.”

On Saturday, October 7th, Preserve Chattanooga hosts “Wine Over Water” at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Details at preservechattanooga.com.

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