Archaeological work wanted at Taylor’s Spring Park site


The Taylor's Spring Park committee is hoping to have archaeological work done at the spring location before the development of the site for public viewing.

Committee member Jeff Morelock suggested having a college group conduct an archaeological dig on the site.

City historian Bob George said he would talk to Lee University to see if a professor and student team would be available.

“We are hoping we will find some original trinkets of the original Taylor’s Spring village,” committee member Allan Jones said. “We feel like it is something important for us to do.”

Any artifacts found would be donated to the Museum Center at Five Points

The Taylor's Spring committee met Thursday to discuss plans for showcasing the site on which the spring sits. The site holds significance as what some have called "the birthplace of Cleveland."

Potential plans to buy an adjoining property have fallen through. Jones said with the current conceptual plan, the additional property would not be needed anyway.

Plans for a fundraiser were also discussed.

A possible author signing event for the Allan Jones Foundation Book "Andrew Taylor: Man of Mystery," by Michael Slaughter could be one possibility.

Committee member Councilman Richard Banks suggested an event as someone’s home, similar to what was done for the Cleveland Dog Park fundraiser.

According to Banks, the Community Foundation of Cleveland/ Bradley County have already received some donations for the Taylor’s Spring Park project.

Jones has been collecting trees from his property to donate to the project for the construction of a spring house.

Banks said a general contractor has offered to donate time to the project.

An engineered drawing is still needed for the site, since some of the retaining walls will be more than 4 feet tall, public works director Tommy Myers said.

Changes to the original concept drawing for the site now include stacked field stone for a wall at the top of the site.

Jones said this can be purchased from a stone company in Crossville. He offered the use of his property across the street as a staging area for the project.

Securing some parking for the site was discussed, but a specific plan was not approved.


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