865.983.7856

News

June 14, 2013

Hickory Selected as Contractor for High Ground Park

High Ground Park is a proposed privately owned park open to the public at historic Fort Higley off of Cherokee Trail. The fort sits atop a 1,099 foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and is a significant site in Civil War history. The Aslan Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and enhance the natural beauty and history of the Knoxville area, purchased the site and plans to preserve 90 percent of its unique features while providing free public access to this historical landmark.

As the contractor selected to improve the site, Hickory’s work will include a 1/3 mile walking trail leading to a meadow, an engraved bronze marker in the meadow, locust wood fencing, stacked stone and boulder walls, specified tree and ground cover plantings, paving for an 18-space parking lot, a sidewalk and signage in the parking area, and various flagstone and marble projects around the site.

The park represents a link in the proposed Battle Loop connecting South Knoxville’s Civil War forts as part of the proposed 1,000-acre “Urban Wilderness and Historic Corridor.”

In terms of historical significance, Fort Higley was manned by Union soldiers during the Siege of Knoxville in 1863. The site contains remnants from the Civil War, including rifle trenches and a redoubt where Union cannons stood ready to defend against advances by Confederate soldiers.

“Hickory is honored to be the contractor for this historic site,” said Chuck Alexander, Executive Vice President of Hickory Construction. “We believe that our region will benefit from the preservation of this piece of Civil War history.”

The park is scheduled to open on Nov. 27, which is the 150th anniversary of the construction of Fort Higley.

Share

FacebookGoogle+LinkedInStumbleUponTwitter

Recent Posts

September 10, 2018

Hickory Construction Scores Team Spirit Award at Burger Bash Supporting the Butterfly Fund and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation is committed to supporting the kids and families impacted by cancer through research,...
August 23, 2018

Hickory’s Chris Duncan Goes Over the Edge

This year will mark the third time Hickory Construction has participated in The Restoration House’s Over the Edge fundraiser. A...
June 11, 2018

Hickory President Ben Pinnell Graduates From Leadership Knoxville

Quality construction begins with strong leadership, which is why Hickory is always eager to recognize excellence in leadership inside our...

Plan now. Contact us today.