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Terry Napier to Unveil History of Steele Creek Park at Bristol Public Library

February 03, 2014

Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Director Terry Napier will speak in February on the History of Steele Creek Park. The presentation will precede the celebration for the park’s fiftieth anniversary to be held later in the year. This meeting will be held on Monday, February 10 at the Bristol Public Library meeting room at 6:30pm. Contact Tim Buchanan, association President, for details on this or other upcoming programs, 276-669-3885, or by e-mail buchanan03@bvu.net. Napier is a native Bristolian and following his service in the U.S. Army he worked for the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. In 2007 he was made the interim director, then director, of the Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department. He has been instrumental in all aspects of the department with specific interest in the history of Steele Creek Park. His research has documented the unwritten history of what was originally developed as Watauga State Park. With the beginning of World War II plans for the park changed and the Civilian Conservation Corp (C.C.C.) Camp that had spent years constructing the park was abandoned. Under the leadership of then Bristol Tennessee Mayor Stacy Grayson an effort was made to reclaim this valuable virgin real estate as a city park.

The February 10 presentation is in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.” The general public is invited to attend this free meeting.

The Bristol Historical Association will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2014. They own a number of historic properties, including the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Robert Preston house. The association recently purchased the acreage around the 200 year old Preston residence located at exit 7, I-81 and is in second stage of historic restoration.