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Heritage Initiatives

This page does not present a program, but rather the multi-layerd efforts of the RC&D to promote the region's long and unique history and heritage. Below are some of the many projects the RC&D has worked on and partnered with other groups to produce.

Appalachian Quilt Trail

One of our current initiative is Appalachian Quilt Trail : A Clothesline of Quilts in Appalachia. You can learn more about this program by visiting its own webpage.

The Bryan House

The RC&D purchased the former home of Dr. L.C. Bryan in Rutledge Tennessee. We have renovated the home, which is now the RC&D's main office.

Heritage Tourism

This initiative was begun in 1995 as the Specialty Recreation and Tourism program for the purpose of exploring opportunities for economic development in the area through heritage and nature-based tourism. With the completion of The Tennessee Wilderness Road Guide in 1996 and the Three Rivers Recreation Guide in 1997, this program area has broadened its focus to include a multimedia and technology dimension intended both to promote tourism development and to introduce computer technologies into rural development strategies. The CD is also an excellent classroom education tool. A classroom use guide can be downloaded from this website.