Association Meeting Minutes – July 18, 2014

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association
Meeting Minutes
Friday, July 18, 2014


The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association was held at the Cove Ridge Center on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 12 pm. Present at the meeting were Joan Short, Ron Short, Bob McConnell, Margaret Crouch, John Mullen, Joy Mullen, Jim Addington, Mary Jane Erwin, Joe Brown, Megan Krager (NTSP), Joe Fuller.

Approval of Minutes from May meeting:
Bob McConnell moved that the minutes be approved as written. Joy Mullen seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Summary Report:
Joe Fuller delivered the Treasurer’s Report. A full copy of the report is filed in the Secretary’s archive. Margaret Crouch moved to approve the treasurer’s report as reported. John Mullen seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

Blockhouse Report:
Megan Krager reminded the group there are still some slots available for the second half of the year. She also reported visitor counts at the Blockhouse and its Interpretive Center as follows:

May —
Blockhouse: 420 (312 visitors plus an additional 108 in 3 school groups)
Inter. Ctr: 124 visitors

June –
Blockhouse: 352 visitors
Inter. Ctr: 589 visitors

Megan reported that the Nature Trek students had spent a full day at the Blockhouse, and good weather during the second week meant an additional 40 visitors at the Blockhouse.

Megan advised that Railroad Day would be held Saturday July 19. No trains will go through the tunnel between 10 and 3, so visitors will be able to enter the tunnel and look at the railroad-related exhibits and artifacts. Joan told the group that Association volunteers are scheduled at the blockhouse and the Carter Cabin for most of the day.

Tribute to Herman Stainbrook:
The group honored Herman Stainbrook with a moment of silence, and several members shared stories and memories of “Captain Ebenezer Titus.” He will be missed by all who knew him.

Miscellaneous Updates:
Bob McConnell gave the group an update on the new Interpretive Center at Kane Gap.

Joan and Ron shared their visit to Sycamore Shoals for the Liberty! outdoor drama.

Ron Short described a possible National Historic Area to include Lewis and Clark’s “Return Trail” (and thus our portion of the Wilderness Road).

Bob advised the group that the City of Kingsport is planning to erect signs along the trail portion from Bristol to Kingsport, marked as Tennessee’s Heritage Migration Route with the same design as the portions in Virginia (marked as Virginia’s Heritage Migration Route).

There was a discussion about listing the blockhouse site on “History Here” (an app from the History Channel).

Bob McConnell moved to adjourn.