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Tennessee's 10 most endangered historic properties unveiled

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The Cleveland Masonic Female Institute in Cleveland. Tennessee Preservation Trust photo The Cleveland Masonic Female Institute in Cleveland. Tennessee Preservation Trust photo

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Preservation Trust has unveiled its 2016 list of the ten most endangered historic properties across the state.

The "Ten in Tenn." list was presented at an event held Wednesday at the Hiram Masonic Hall in downtown Franklin.

Organization chairman Michael Birdwell tells news outlets that placing the properties on the annual endangered list helps bring attention and possible funding to preserve the sites.

Included on this year's list are Aretha Franklin's birthplace home in Memphis, the Oak Hill cemetery in Johnson City and the Stonecipher Kelly log house in Wartburg.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2eNQv6B) reports that the Masonic Hall where this year's event was held was included on the 2015 list but is now moving toward "saved" status because structural repairs are underway.

Those properties include:

  • Natchez Trace rural landscape
  • Aretha Franklin house
  • Cleveland Masonic Female Institute
  • Mid South Coliseum
  • Polk Building
  • Clayborn Temple
  • Miller Farmstead
  • Fleming Houston House
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Stonecipher Kelly House

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