Backroads Heritage to hold banquet

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Carolyn Brackett

Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage, which celebrates it 25th anniversary this year, will hold its fall dinner Thursday, Oct. 12, at Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Carolyn Brackett, senior field representative for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be the speaker.

The group promotes tourism in the southern Middle Tennessee area.

Brackett’s involvement in heritage tourism began when she joined the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. From 1990-1992, she served as the tourism department’s State Coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Heritage Tourism Initiative. She worked with four multi-county areas to develop collaborative heritage tourism programs, one of which was Southern Middle Tennessee – the outcome was Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage. The demonstration program was the basis for creating the National Trust’s four steps and five principles for heritage tourism development which are used by communities across the country today. Her presentation will focus on the early development of the organization and will chronicle the achievements that have taken place through today.

She is currently project manager for the Music Row National Treasures project in Nashville which includes working with local partners to document Music Row’s history, prepare a preservation-oriented design plan and develop plans to tell Music Row’s story to residents and visitors. Ms. Brackett has a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University.

“This is a going to be a fun evening and one of showcasing the importance of tourism and the positive financial impact the organization has made on the communities involved,” said Dianne Murray, executive director of Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage. “Tourism serves as the second largest industry in Tennessee and has such a positive impact in our state.”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction; dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations are required, but the event is open to the public. For more information, call 615-613-5627.

The Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage organization, a non-profit agency, serves as a regional destination marketing organization for tourism to Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties and the Monteagle Mountain area. For information about the organization visit