The Diggs family home in Oliver Springs is one of 10 recipients of the 2016 East Tennessee Preservation Awards given out by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, which covers 16 counties in middle East Tennessee.
The awards will be presented during a special reception at historic Arrow Hill in Talbott near Morristown, a press release said. The 10 award winners will be celebrated for their contributions to historic preservation.
“East Tennessee is a beautiful region that is rich with history and interesting places,” the press release said. “Each year, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance recognizes outstanding persons, projects, and organizations working to preserve our heritage for future generations.
The release said the Diggs family home in Oliver Springs has seen some changes. Built in 1905 by Alfred H. and Scotland Diggs, the house had to be moved away from the path of a new four-lane highway. It remains in the family, and Bettina Diggs Cox recently embarked on a full renovation. The once missing porch was rebuilt, and rooms throughout have been beautifully renovated, the release said. A unique feature of the home are the four fireplace mantels salvaged from the once popular Oliver Springs Hotel. [Read more…]