Tennessee Historical Commission
The Tennessee Historical Commission is the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for Tennessee and has state and federally-mandated programs promoting historic preservation and history. The agency’s mission is to protect, preserve, interpret, maintain, and administer historic places; to encourage the inclusive diverse study of Tennessee's history for the benefit of future generations; to mark important locations, persons, and events in Tennessee history; to assist in worthy publication projects; to review, comment on, and identify projects that will potentially impact historic properties; to locate, identify, record, and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places all properties which meet National Register criteria; and to implement other programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. The Tennessee Historical Commission is an independent state agency, administratively attached to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The Commission has a professional staff of eighteen, including the executive director, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office.
The Tennessee Historical Commission is also a twenty-nine member volunteer board. Established in 1919, twenty-four members, equally divided among the three grand divisions of the state, are appointed by the Governor. Five more are ex officio members. The ex officio members are the Governor, the State Historian, the State Archaeologist, the Commissioner of Environment and Conservation, and the State Librarian and Archivist. The Commission regularly meets the third Friday of February, June, and October. When mandated by state law, the Commission is authorized to make decisions per a legislatively established public hearing process.
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m daily
The grounds are typically open during daylight hours, seven days a week. Interpretive displays have been installed in front of the mansion and outbuildings to tell the history of the Clover Bottom estate.