Local non-profit revamps effort to save historic castle in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- A local non-profit says they are racing against the clock in order to raise millions of dollars to save a local castle.

The Oaks Castle, built in the 1920’s and once a private residence, is now on the market for just over 1.5 million dollars.

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Cher Cornett with Create Appalachia says instead of seeing the home go back to a private residence, they want to turn it into a public venue.

Saturday marked the kickoff to a brand new campaign to save the historic Oaks Castle.

Cornett said they need to raise 2.5 million dollars as quickly as they can before the property is taken off the market.

She said they envision the castle being able to host anything from weddings, to an educational space inside the home.

“I would like this to be seen as a place to go as a destination to Johnson City, you know if you want to come and spend the day with your family this would be a place you could come, see things being made on the property, tour the house learn about the history, walk the trails,” Cornett said.

Cornett said Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey toured the house Saturday morning as they are looking to involve
people on both the local and state level.

“Ron Ramsey was here this morning, and obviously he has just seen it, so you know he can’t promise anything at this point but he is going to talk to folks in the legislature to see if they can get it on the plan for funding for next year,” Cornett said.

Cornett said the property is in need of a lot of repairs, and if they are able to move into the property, it could take up to 9 months to become operational.

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