A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 26 – #45. Spooky

On this particular morning, I was downtown Chattanooga for my morning cup of Starbucks. Remember how you feel when you sense something just isn’t normal? I looked forward and turned around to look behind me when it suddenly occurred to me that I was alone. Not only were there no people visible but there were no cars parked alongside the curbs or traveling the streets. It was truly spooky.
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Week 25 – #42. Silhouette

Last week, I shared one of my many photographs taken at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. This week, I am sharing another one taken high on a hill at the cemetery early one beautiful morning as the sun began its ascent. The small f/22 aperture resulted in a broad starburst giving the tree such a strong silhouette and long shadows of the headstones.
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Week 24 – #43. Single Tree

This single tree is located in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, established in 1863 by an order from Major General George Henry Thomas after the Civil War Battles of Chattanooga, as a place to inter Union soldiers who fell in combat. 75 acres of land was initially appropriated from two local land owners, but later purchased. It was officially named Chattanooga National Cemetery in 1867. By 1870 more than 12,000 interments had been made, most of whom were unknown. Many nearby battlefield burials were also reinterred in Chattanooga, including nearly 1,500 burials from the Battle of Chickamauga.

During World War I several German prisoners of war who died while in captivity were buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery. After the war, the German government paid to have other POWs disinterred from Hot Springs National Cemetery and moved to Chattanooga.

Chattanooga National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Originally the site was expected to close for new burials in 2015. However, due to a recent expansion project that will add the capacity for more than 5000 interments, the cemetery is now expected to be available for burials until 2045.
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Week 23 – #33. Old Timer

Happy New Year!

When I am in Chattanooga, I love riding through the historic district of Fort Wood. There are many homes built in the mid-to-late 1800’s that are being beautifully renovated, such as this “old timer” located at 800 Vine Street and originally built for Joseph H. Warner.

A document from the Historic American Building Survey says: “The house is a ‘high Queen Anne’ structure, with pressed red brick, stone trim, and solid oak paneling and woodwork in the interior. The hallways are large, and a fine attention to detail was paid to the terra-cotta and rusticated stone trim.

“This home was designed by architects Townsend and Stone with one idea in mind: extravagance. But its features also mask the luxurious interior, blending into the surrounding community with ease.

“Construction began on the home in 1890 and was completed in 1891.

“The real question is, then, who was this Joseph H. Warner?

“Born in Sumner County in the year 1842, Warner made his mark early by participating in the Civil War. In 1862, he joined Company A, 19th Tennessee Regiment Confederate Infantry, until he was captured at Missionary Ridge.

“He then spent the rest of the war in a federal prison.

“Upon his return, Warner sought to change the lives of Chattanoogans and launched an extensive hardware business.

“Eventually, that business would grow to include areas such as coal, iron, banking—Warner was one of the original organizers for Third National Bank—and railroad.

“Warner become known as ‘practically the founder and creator of the modern street railway in [Chattanooga],’ according to the HABS document.

“Before his death in 1923, Warner was the first city commissioner of public utilities, grounds and buildings, which is the reason Chattanooga’s Warner Park bears his name to this day.

“According to Maury Nicely in his ‘Chattanooga Walking Tour and History Guide,’ Warner ‘practically laid the first stone in the founding of a playground system in the city.’

“When built, the Joseph H. Warner home cost $26,000.”

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