DeKalb County Site Added to National Register of Historic Places

September 22, 2007

The Tennessee Historical Commission has announced 12 Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including one in DeKalb County.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

The local site recently added to the National Register of Historic Places is the Susie Foster Log House at 810 College Street.

According to the narrative in the press release, "Miss Susie Foster wanted a log house as early as 1915 when her cousin gave her a lot in Smithville (DeKalb County). It was not until 1946 to 1950 that her house was built. The house was constructed of logs salvaged from older log homes that were in the Caney Fork River Basin prior to Center Hill Lake being built. The house is a mid-century interpretation of the popular Colonial Revival style and the exposed logs on the exterior and interior, original mantel, windows and doors, exemplify the 20th century Colonial Revival movement."

For more information about the National Register of Historic Places or the Tennessee Historical Commission, please visit the Web site at

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