In June 1890, an advertisement for a Red Boiling Springs hotel appeared in the Nashville Daily American. Mr. O’Shaughnessy had built an “elegant” new hotel, a 10-pin bowling alley, and a bathhouse. (Dr. Jeanette Keith’s Simple Pleasures: A History of the Resort at Red Boiling Springs)
One of the visions of the Vision 2020 Inc group is the preservation and telling of the history of our beloved small town. In 2012, Dr. Jeanette Keith gave permission to publish her research on the history of Red Boiling Springs as a resort town to help in the financing of the restoration of the old bank building. Vision 2020’s plans are to house a heritage museum within the walls of one of the oldest historic buildings still standing in the downtown area.
In Simple Pleasures, Dr. Keith describes how vacationers were first attracted to this resort: “drawn by the numerous mineral springs, a trip to “drink the waters” provided an excuse for a lively vacation”, she wrote. Dr. Keith was professor of history at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She completed her masters of arts from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville in 1982 and her doctor of philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 1990. Keith grew up in North Springs in Jackson County. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Melba Keith. “The book is a pleasure to read, enhanced by old photographs and post cards shared by several current citizens,” said editor and designer Karen Anita Davis.
Simple Pleasures is available for $8 at the Armour’s Hotel, Grandpa’s House (2217 Oak Grove Road), Macon Bank and Trust and the Step Back in Time Gift Shop (252 Main St) in Red Boiling Springs. Every dollar from the sale of the book goes into the restoration fund.
Dr. Keith’s book is just one of the ways you can help with this historic preservation project. Also available for purchase at the Step Back in Time Shop is a 45rpm recording of a song written by George Cowan about the 1969 flood that nearly destroyed the downtown area. More ways to give include:
Brick by Brick: Become a “Brick Benefactor”. Your $20.00 donation to the Brick by Brick campaign will reserve a 20-brick-square on the exterior walls of the old bank building in your name or “in memory of” someone you would like to honor. In addition, a plaque will be displayed inside the building recognizing all Brick Benefactors. Check out the vision2020inc.com website and click on the RBS Heritage Museum tab to become a brick benefactor or pick up a form at the Step Back in Time Shop.
GoFundMe: Visit our GoFundMe page (http://www.gofundme.com/9k4szg) and make a donation.
AmazonSmile: Do your shopping on Amazon? Sign up with AmazonSmile, name Vision 2020 Inc as your charity and the Amazon folks will donate a percentage of your purchase to Vision 2020 (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1177376)
Vision 2020: V=volunteers; I=involvement; S=Simple Pleasures. To learn how you can become a part of this project or any of the many programs and projects that Vision 2020 oversees — come to our monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00pm in the dining room of the Armour’s Hotel. Or, stop in the Step Back in Time Shop at 252 Main St RBS and speak with a Vision 2020 Volunteer. Visit our Facebook page or e-mail us at [email protected]