The third annual Heritage Peace Garden Celebration will be May 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the grounds of Historic Pickett Chapel at 209 E. Market St. in Lebanon
As part of the celebration, this will be a work day for plantings under the supervision of Justin Stefanski, University of Tennessee Extension agent for Wilson County, with help from the Wilson County Master Gardeners and volunteers.
The events will include a dedication ceremony and tree plantings in memory of Georgia Branch Crutcher, Talitha Charlotte McAdoo and DeFord Bailey. Family members of those to be honored are encouraged to attend.
In addition, archeologist Phillip Hodge will be on hand to continue to explore and explain the archaeological potential of Pickett Chapel with the goal of identifying any archaeological remains on the grounds, and collecting information to guide future excavations at the chapel.
Hodge is a Lebanon native and has a deep interest in the history of the church, which is listed on the National Historic Register. Pastor Mike Ripski with Lebanon First United Methodist Church and Pastor Michael Ruttlin Sr. with Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church – both pastors with ties to the history of Pickett Chapel – will also participate in the day’s events.
The event is open to the public, and no admission will be charged for the day’s activities. Donations will be accepted, with the proceeds applied to funds for a matching grant from the National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and the Tennessee Historical Commission.
The grant, along with a grant from the city of Lebanon, will help fund the next phase of the restoration of the historic building, which includes the windows, door, interior stabilization and drainage on the property. Funds raised also help support the Roy Bailey Museum and History Center.
For more information, call 615-449-2911 or 615-739-2283.