Beth Wipperman, first-vice president of Questers International visited all three Tennessee Chapters recently. During the visit to Sumner County, nine members of the Sarah Michie Smith Chapter hosted a luncheon meeting and then a historic tour of Wynnewood in Castalian Springs.
Questers was begun in 1950 and is an antique study group, usually meeting in homes and hosting educational programs. Funds can be raised by local chapters and used to benefit local historic sites. Questers sponsor a scholarship fund, fellowship fund, preservation and restoration fund and an educational resources fund.
Wynnewood Historic site, located in Castalian Springs, was designated as a Registered Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior (National Park Service) in 1972. The Sarah Michie Smith Chapter of Questers, which meets in Hendersonville, is partnering with the historic site currently to help with the restoration of an early painting of Colonel Wynne, who built Wynnewood. The buildings were planned as a tourist destination and located on a well-traveled path, which later came to be off the beaten path due to a new road being built. In spite of this set-back for the Wynne family, it did become a place of health and healing due to the unusual variety of springs located on the property. At one time, there was a doctor living on the property who could give medical advice to visitors. There were additional cabins built for the many visitors who came to be healed.
Wynnewood, Hawthorn Hill, and the historic log homes in Bledsoe's Fort site are all managed by the Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association. Wynnewood and Hawthorn Hill are owned by the State of Tennessee.
For further information on Questers, contact Sherry Adcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.