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To preserve, safeguard and enhance the heritage of the Highland Rim Region of Tennessee through the preservation and protection of buildings, places and locations of historical interest or architectural value, and recorded data in whatever form it may be.

About the Society:

The Highland Rim Historical Society was co-founded by Jim Calloway and Kenneth Thomson. It was organized by history teacher, Jim Calloway and his American History class at Portland High School at the request of Principal William Coker. The Society received its Charter in July 1974.

The Society has accomplished much since its inception, beginning with the moving and restoration of Cold Springs School, in September 1975, which it now maintains as a School of local history. 

Another ongoing project is the placement of historical markers at various sites in the area.

In the past the Society has sponsored “Ghost Stories” at the Cold Springs School for third-grade students from five local elementary schools and sometimes the Society sponsors a booth in many of the annual festivals including the Highland Harvest Crafts Show sponsored by the Portland Parks and Recreation Department  and the Chamber of Commerce Strawberry Festivals and Parade.


HRHSTN also maintains a Facebook page. A link to "Facebook" along with the "Sumner County Tourism webpage," the "Tennessee Civil Wars Trails" and the "Ring of Fire" historical sites can be found on the right site of this page.