“Macon County was equally separated during the Civil War with approximately 500 men each serving in the Union and Confederate armies. The Highland Rim Ridge which runs through the county served as the dividing line as to which side was chosen. Those North of the Rim were mainly Federal and those South of the Rim were mostly Confederate.” These words by county historian Randy East heralded the dedication ceremony of a new Civil War Park in Red Boiling Springs. The dedication took place on July 12, 2014 across the creek from The Palace.
East said, “We have created a park and the city has officially sanctioned it as a Civil War Park. It is located across the creek from the Palace. It’s a small park, but it’s significant. It recognizes Red Boiling Springs’ and Macon County’s part in the civil war. We have a civil war trail heritage sign. There are six in the county. There are also other signs that explain that we had an enlistment center here and a civil war hospital. There is also an overview of all the significant things that happened in Macon County during the Civil War.”
East commented, “This park is really very important not only for Red Boiling Springs, but also for Macon County. It’s going to mean a lot for tourism. There are people that follow civil war sites. They follow battle sites throughout the country and now they can come to Red Boiling Springs and read about the hospital, the enlistment center and Macon County.”
The ceremony was designed to officially recognize the park and open it to the citizens of Macon County. After the introduction, the Reed Family Singers performed. Members of Vision 2020 and the Red Boiling Springs City Council thanked East for his dedication to civil war history and for the park. East has created a civil war driving tour map of Macon County. It can be picked up at the Macon County Chamber of Commerce.
In closing, East commented, “There’s something significant about this town and this county having a park that commemorates where healing and comfort were given to both sides, depending on which army occupied the place. And that’s unique. If there’s any one thing that Red Boiling Springs can hang it’s hat on it’s that it held a house of healing. It wasn’t a partisan place. This park is not here to commemorate a battle. Its here to commemorate peace.”