Restoration of Sabine Hill
Sabine Hill State Historic Site
Bringing Sabine Hill Back to Life
Sabine Hill remained in the Taylor family through the latter 1940s. In August 1936, W. Jeter Eason with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) visited Sabine Hill and took detailed photographs of the structure. This proved an invaluable asset during restoration. Sabine Hill was one of only four structures in Carter County to be recorded by HABS. At that time, the house was vacant and the surrounding property was rented to local farmers. In 1949, James L. Reynolds purchased the house in hopes of restoring it to its former grandeur. Throughout the Reynolds' occupations of the home for several decades, renovations and stabilization efforts ensured the structural integrity of Sabine Hill. In his 1981 book Architecture in Tennessee 1768-1897, author James Patrick referred to the home as a "spectacular design of Federal Architecture."
In 2007 Sabine Hill was threatened by demolition for an apartment complex. This plan would have required a rezoning of the property, and citizen action groups, as well as descendants of the Taylor family, raised awareness of the home's historical
In 2012 the Tennessee Historical Commission received capital funding to restore Sabine Hill. The preservation project included historic paint analysis, dendrochronology, and archaeology along with in-depth examination of the original architecture. This ensured that the restoration of the home would be historically accurate. The combined efforts of local residents, descendants,
(marker background photo) The Historic American Building Survey took this photo of Sabine Hill in 1936. The house was in poor condition and vacant. (Source: Library of Congress)
(right center photo) Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer extracts a core in the west parlor with a student looking on. The core was used to determine the construction date of the house (Source: Collection of Sycamore Shoals State Park)
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2012.
Location. 36° 19.619′ N, 82° 16.138′ W. Marker is in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in Carter County. Marker can be reached from West G Street (Tennessee Route 67) 0.1 miles west of Sabine Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located at the Sabine Hill State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton TN 37643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Regarding Restoration of Sabine Hill. National Register of Historic Places #73001755.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Sabine Hill State Historic Site
Also see . . . Sabine Hill State Historic Site Restoration. Sparkman & Associates Architects website entry (before and after photos; some interior photos) (Submitted on June 5, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 5, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.