National Register Meeting this Wednesday!

Calling all Bluefields neighbors! Please join us this Wednesday to witness a milestone in the History of Bluefields, as the Tennessee State Historical Commission assists in the completion of Bluefield's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places before the State Review Board. Wear your Blue -- we'll see you there!

Meeting location and time:

Tennessee Historical Commission, Clover Bottom Mansion2941 Lebanon PikeNashville, TN

Wednesday, January 6, 20169:00 a.m.

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Come On Out to the Low Country Boil!

All Bluefields neighbors are invited to come to the Low Country Boil today (Saturday, Oct. 3) from 4-6 at 2708 Overhill Drive. President Ray Mosely tells us that tents have been set up -- and a great Beatles cover band will be entertaining us -- so, no matter the weather, we hope everyone can come by for some great music and food!!!

2708 Overhill DriveSat., Oct. 3, 20154pm to 6pm

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Former Resident James Thomas "Jim" Anderson

Rebecca Anderson Hunt, daughter of former Bluefields resident James Thomas "Jim" Anderson, contacted us today with news that her father has recently passed, at the age of 81. He was the son of Thomas Loyd and Pauline Mize Anderson, who lived at 2730 Bluefield Avenue from about 1948 to the 1980's.

Rebecca related how much she had loved the house and the neighbors when she'd spent time here in the 70's -- and recalled how, when she was just learning to drive, her grandmother Pauline Anderson had often made her drive her and all her friends (Bluefields neighbors) to the doctor in her big Ford LTD!!

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Bluefields Families in the 1940 Census

A few weeks ago, I decided to finally devote some time to documenting the Bluefields families listed in the 1940 U. S. Federal Census. The census taker (a Mrs. Oda Mai Britt) made the task pretty easy, since she had clearly written "Bluefields Subdivision" in the left margin on all 7 census pages. There were 46 households listed, beginning with the Ora J. Stocker family and ending with the Donald E. Sanders family. In reading all the names, occupations, etc. included in the census data, I naturally began wondering which house each of these families had lived in. The census records, however, only show the order in which each household was visited. They don't include the house numbers or Bluefields street name. So, it's difficult to know exactly what route Mrs. Britt travelled on those two days in April 1940 when she wound her way through our neighborhood interviewing families. The next part of my research involved documenting what year each house in Bluefields was built, then searching Metro property records for names that matched those on the census. That's been a pretty slow process - especially since some of the records and deeds I looked at were more complete than others - but I did find a few matches. (I've also been simultaneously researching some of the fascinating people I discovered who were early residents. More on them in the coming weeks!) Since I know I'm not the only one in the neighborhood who enjoys this kind of research, I would LOVE it if any of our Bluefields neighors could offer additional info (such as, "Oh, the Griggs family lived in such and such house..."). That would certainly help fill in some of the historical blanks!!Meanwhile, here's the documentation I have so far:Bluefields in 1940 - Click Here

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Early Bluefields Resident Passes

I was saddened to hear today that Adelaide Friedli (Mrs. Ernest) Niederhauser has recently passed away. She worked with her husband and other relatives in the family business, Swiss Farm Dairy, which occupied the land where the present-day Bluefield Square is located.

According to her obituary, she was 105 years old at the time of death, and had lived unassisted at Brandywine Farms in Old Hickory until the age of 104.

Click Here to read Adelaide Niederhauser's obituary(The date of her death is incorrect in the obituary. I believe it should read June 29, 2015.)

For those who have not heard, I also learned that Mrs. Niederhauser's daughter-in-law, Sally Ann Niederhauser, passed away earlier this year.

Please click here to read Sally Ann Niederhauser's obituary

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Bluefield's Sign Post Replaced

Bluefield neighbors Ray Mosley & Jeff Pratt teamed up recently to replace the damaged sign post at the Bluefields/Spring Valley Road entrance area. A truck with a trailer that wasn't very secure hit the post last Sunday morning breaking the post at base (beyond repair) and also taking out the flower basket (still missing at this stage).  Unfortunately we did not get the tags but it does highlight the ongoing problem of speed coming off Lebanon Road. 

As you can see by the attached photo Ray and Jeff a great job and in a very quick manner. I can say as a neighbor I certainly appreciate the speed in which this was tackled and fixed. The cost to replacing the post was estimated around $150.00 not counting the labor and time of Ray and Jeff. 

If you would like you would like to contribute to the cost involved in this repair please click here and fill out our donation form (and you will then be directed to Paypal to make the donation).

http://historicbluefields.com/dontate

Any additional donations we receive over $150.00 will be used for some new plants in that area (to match the two other triangles along Bluefield Avenue which are both looking superb this summer...)

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American Legion Auxiliary Post 88 War Memorial and Grounds upgrade in Donelson Village

We have all driven by the War Memorial on Lebanon Road (opposite Bluefields Entrance). It not only represents the memory of those who have died or were injured fighting for their country but it is also a welcoming entrance area to Donelson Village.

So it is exciting to be able to share an update of the following improvements and upgrade to the War Memorial (with efforts being led Brian McClanahan of the American Legion Post 88 and the Donelson Girls Scout Troop 391/1421.) By all accounts this is also great step forward in the revitalization of Donelson Village.

Here is a summary of what you will be seeing happening in the upcoming months.  

Improvements to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 88 War Memorial and Grounds

We are currently working with Home Depot in Hermitage to place a bid with their corporate office to donate much of the supplies and labor needed for this project. Our post has been blessed to have been awarded grants from the Home Depot Corporation in the past and look forward to continued association with them.

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Music City Star ridership is up 20% from last year while commuter rail becomes hot topic in Nashville

Based on Music City Star ridership being up 20% from last year the MTA/RTA is now in the early stages of planning a couple of side rails for long-term planning of increased use of the line (Source Jeff Syracuse - Metro Council District 15 Candidate). This is great news for neighbors living on the Nashville Eastern Railroad line with Bluefields sitting in the most enviable position opposite Donelson Station. Since the AMP was rejected by Nashville residents the conversation has moved to commuter Rail as the most viable form of 21st century travel.

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2015 Great American Cleanup!

Please come on out and lets get Bluefields looking clean and green on Saturday April 11th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m *... all neighbors and friends are welcome to pitch in and help!

Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 3 million volunteers and attendees. Bluefield Avenue in particular has accumulated trash over the winter in particular at entrance areas and our focus is to pick up trash from one end of Bluefields Avenue to the other to make sure that the great landscaped common areas are our major attraction as folks drive thru our neighborhood (we also believe this will deter people from discarding trash along Bluefields Avenue). We will be setting up 2 primary stations in Bluefields as we did in 2014...

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Herb & Plow Farms CSA Group in Bluefields

Bluefields Neighbor Stacey Harrison Boyd is hosting a Herb & Plow Farms CSA group at her home in Bluefield again this year. Starting in May, each week members get a box of fresh fruits and veggies direct from the farm - no GMO's, pesticides, or herbicides! Pick up will be on Tuesdays, 5-6....TWO share sizes to choose from & THREE payment options (1-pay for season in advance, 2-pay monthly, 3-pay weekly....this is one of the only CSA'S that offers weekly payment system).

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Petition Drive for Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

Drop in for just a minute to sign the petition or stay and chat with Jeff about Donelson's future and his vision for the community.

Petition Drive Details:

Sunday March 8, 2015 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.David & Maggie Sidlinger279 Cumberland Circle

Jeff is ready to kick this campaign into high gear and work hard to meet with as many neighbors, faith leaders, business and organizations as possible across the 15th District!

Please join us to meet with Jeff and sign his petition to be officially placed on the ballot!

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30th Annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade

"An American Christmas Tradition" - December 6th at 2:00 p.m.

Join us for the 30th Annual DH Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6, 2014! "30 Years...An American Christmas Tradition"

Grand Marshall: Hope Hines, Emmy Award Winning Television Broadcaster

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Thank You Bluefields Neighbors - It Was A Great Year!

Dear Bluefields Neighbors, I would like to personally thank the 2014 BHA Officers and Board Members (Peter Beare, Maggie Sidlinger, Glenda Reagan, Carla Cannon, Megan Deardorff, and John Doak) for their countless hours of volunteering and devotion to Bluefields. The teamwork displayed throughout the past year and a half is amazing. We have progress from only having a Vice-President, Treasurer, and 3 of 6 Board member seats filled to having a full slate of Officers and Board Members for the 2015 slate. Thank you to all of you who agreed to serve another year due to lack of volunteers and participation prior to the AGM. Your intentions to serve your neighborhood are very appreciated!

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Join us for Bluefields Homeowners Association Annual General Meeting

Please join us for The Bluefields Homeowners Association Annual General Meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday November 18, 2014 at Fifty Forward commencing at 6:00 p.m. The Board of Directors are appointed annually (at the Annual General Meeting) and serve for 1 year.  

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Metropolitan Historic/Conservation Zoning – Bluefields the NEXT 100 years!

Historic Bluefields Smartgrowth Committee invites you to information sessions on:

Metropolitan Historic/Conservation Zoning – Bluefields the NEXT 100 years!

We want your ideas!! This is strictly an information sharing seminar and we encourage you to attend!

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Historic Preservation and Conservation Sessions Continue This Saturday Morning - Got Questions? - Robin Has The Answers!

We had a great attendance for our first Historic Metropolitan Historic/Conservation Zoning Session with lots of information provided by Robin Zeigler of the Historic Zoning Commission with plenty of questions from the floor....

Here are just a few!

Why does a neighborhood choose to have an Historic/Conservative Overlay?Do you have to undo any previous architcuture?What is the difference between Historic National register & Historic Overlay?If a developer comes in and starts building can we stop then if we have applied for conservative overlay?Does historic overlay dictate usage of a property?Can you go to higher courts to fight a historic commission ruling?Bluefields Square - how and does it fit in?How will the neighborhood decide whether they want this?Does it affect sidewalks and other construction around Bluefields including sidewalks?What are the details about the National Historic Register Grant that Bluefields has just been nominated for?

We have our final session coming up this Saturday morning - if you have questions - Robin has answers - please attend and get yourself educated on this very important process.

Information Session #2 Robin Zeigler Historic Zoning CommissionWhen: 9:00 AM, Saturday November 8th 2014Where: Fifty Forward, 108 Donelson Pike

More Details Here

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To Concerned Bluefield Neighbors

Many of you received a typed "newsletter" in the mail on Wednesday October 1st sent by a BHA board member. At our September 16 meeting, it was agreed that a board member would take on the responsibility of printing the E news from the website and distributing a paper copy to some of the neighbors who do not use email and internet. Today's copy was not approved by the BHA board before being mailed out to our residents. The BHA Board's intention was to extract items specifically posted on the website and put into a hard copy for those neighbors without internet access. It was NOT the BHA Boards intention for this information to be altered, editorialized, or anything else added without the Boards approval. There were a few inaccuracies.

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This Saturday Landscaping Continues On Bluefield Avenue, Low Country Boil and Special Invite from our neighbor

This Saturday October 25th we appear to have a great day heading our way as the Historic Bluefields Smartgrowth Crew tackles the largest landscaping challenge in our beautiful neighborhood - the main entrance common space. We have attached our design drawings that have been provided by our great working partners in this project JVI Secret Gardens and at this stage based on our budget (continued fundraising efforts) we are looking to complete Phase I on Saturday morning (at least). Keep in mind this is the most expensive of all 3 triangles due to size of area but it also will have the largest impact on drivers on Bluefield Avenue.

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2014 Fall Cleanup Update

What an amazing day we had at Historic Bluefields!! If you missed it I hope this blog gives me a chance to fill you in. Beautiful fall weather and amazing neighbors coming together again for another great outcome. To all of you driving by shouting "Thank you!" and " It looks amazing!" we appreciate your gratitude.

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2014 Fall Cleanup & Triangle Design in Historic Bluefields

The Autumnal Equinox is just around the corner (September 22nd) and that means Fall Cleanup will soon be under way... It's time to weed those beds, feed that lawn, plant the mums and prep those bulbs for beautiful spring color! 

This year a group of residents from Bluefields Avenue and Cumberland Circle have decided to gather together and take on the cleanup and revitalization of the triangles most in need. Our goal of this Fall cleanup is not only to tidy up these triangles but also design a landscape that will continue to define Historic Bluefields as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods to travel around. 

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