The Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association hopes to raise $85,000 for the reconstruction of the historic Belle Vue I by November. Belle Vue I was the first cabin built in Bellevue and gave the community its name.
President Nathaniel Mann said the association is about to start its capital campaign.
Last week, people from the Bellevue community were invited by the association to join a field trip looking at the historical background of the project.
Mann said the tour will be repeated later this summer. Participants will be able to look at the future home of Belle Vue I in Red Caboose Park; the New Providence Cemetery in River Plantation where Revolutionary War Veteran Louis DeMoss (1753-1820) is buried; the original home site off Morton Mill Road; and Leatherwood, Inc., in Fairview, where the log house is currently stored. DeMoss built the two-story Beele Vue I log house around 1797.
Belle Vue I was originally located behind the Riverside Mansion. After vandals burned the Mansion in 1999, the Association decided to save the log house, had it disassembled and moved to storage in June 2000.
Mann said the capital funding campaign will target Bellevue residents and local businesses, and grant applications.
Vic Hood, owner of Leatherwood, Inc., a company specializing in the rebuilding of historic homes, recommended starting restoration work in November because keeping the pieces in storage could damage the wood of Belle Vue I.
For more information on the project and for donations, call 646-8072.