Local Boy Scout, Ethan Anderson, will break ground on his ambitious Eagle Scout project - rebuilding the Blackmith’s Shop for local landmark, the Historic Ramsey House. The ground breaking is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m, and will be broadcast Live on the Historic Ramsey House Facebook page.
Working for more than a year to make the project a reality, Ethan began his fundraising with a BBQ event last spring to raise money for the foundation and walls of the 12’ x 15’ log structure. He continued to raise funds selling refreshments at car shows, soliciting donations and participating in other fundraising ventures. The ground breaking will launch the building of the foundation and walls of the Blacksmith Shop as Ethan continues to raise funds for the roof.
“I chose to rebuild the Blacksmith’s Shop because I believe knowing about our history is an important part of being a good citizen. Bringing the Blacksmith’s Shop back to Ramsey House will enable them to better educate local school groups as well as visitors to our area about our rich East Tennessee history,” said Anderson.
Ramsey House is a local historic landmark that was home to one of the first families to settle in the East Tennessee area. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Ramsey House’s mission is to educate, preserve, and interpret the history and cultural life of early Tennessee and the important role of the Ramsey Family. The site includes a Visitor Center that houses a museum shop, exhibits, and ticket sales. With more than 100 acres, the site provides a beautiful country setting with picnic areas for guests to enjoy.