Meeting in historic Marathon Village, Mike gathered with local nonprofit Historic Nashville Inc. to announce their yearly Nashville Nine list, alongside local politicians, media, and preservation enthusiasts. The Nashville Nine list is the nonprofit’s yearly list of the city’s most endangered properties.

Historic Nashville 9 2015
Photo by Meghan Aileen / Photo Includes: former HNI President Melissa Wyllie, Mike Wolfe, and current HNI President, Brian Tibbs

The Nashville Nine list was nominated by members of the community and represents nine historic properties threatened by demolition, neglect, or development. Historic Nashville Inc. focuses on these properties throughout the year through advocacy and outreach.

Nashville is the latest ‘It’ city, and we love that,” said Brian Tibbs, president of Historic Nashville. “We firmly believe, however, that preservation and development should work together to promote the best interests of the city, and to preserve the irreplaceable historic places that make our city unique. Thank you to all within our community that raised your voices to be heard by nominating a historic property for this year’s list.”

Historic Nashville 9
Photo by Meghan Aileen

Historic Nashville works with the owners, government agencies, and the public to educate, evaluate, and create solutions for preserving these important elements of Nashville’s unique history and sense of place.

Historic Nashville 9
Photo by Meghan Aileen: Photo includes (l to r) Dan Brown (TN Historical Commission), Nancy VanReece (Metro Council, Madison), Mike Wolfe, Brian Tibbs (Historic Nashville, president), Garth Shaw (Music Row Neighborhood Association), Robbie Jones (Historic Nashville), Melissa Wyllie (Historic Nashville, past president), and Tim Walker (Metro Historical Commission)

Click HERE for this year’s Nashville Nine complete list.

Click HERE to hear Mike discuss historic preservation in Nashville.

A couple of this year’s nominees:

nistoric-9-nominees

Mike is not only an active Historic Nashville member, but he has his own preservation project in progress across the street from the Antique Archaeology Nashville. Stay tuned for more on this building soon!

Mike Wolfe preservation project Jo Johnston St
Mike Wolfe Preservation Project: Jo Johnston Street

 

Photos by Meghan Aileen

28 Comments

28 thoughts on “Endangered History: The Nashville Nine List 2015”

  1. pamela j grindstaff

    hello mike i been wacth you for a long time i went to do that for long but not right know wish i could but you and frank are a good teacher thank you pamela j grindstaff 4722 overland rd lenior nc 28645. good luck

  2. Jan

    I am so happy that you and the Nashviiie Nine are helping to preserve history. In the town I grew up in, they tore down so many beautiful old mansions in the downtown area for parking lots and modern ugly buildings! Our lovely main library was one of them.

  3. Sherry Jenkins

    I love your show, my best friend and i go on vacation every year on our bikes, i have a harley she has a shadow we are 57 and 60. last year we came to iowa on vacation so we could come to your store and also Franks in Savanna, they are wonderful we enjoyed our trip very much but didn’t get to tour your town very much so we will be making another trip there some time. You, Frank and Daniel are wonderful on the show you are a good trio.
    I can’t tell you how much i appriciate what you do to save things from our history, the children of the future will be able to see these things and appriciate them and learn about them. it will keep history alive. When i was a child i used to go to the dump with my dad and he says i brought more home than he took down there. lol I just wanted to tell you i love your show, your stores, and the three of you. I have a friend that is in a wheel chair from an accident and i had to get him some souveniers because she also watches your show all the time. I bought a poster of Daniel at the National Motorcycle Museum while we were there sitting on an old bike for my husband. Is there anyway i can get an autographed pic of the three of you, i would be willing to pay for it if not to expensive. thanks you so much and keep pickin Sherry

  4. Tina virginio

    Actually the entire nation – has historical everything – what didn’t have a beginning – here in New Jersey w have much history – and I happy you appretionate the past & I hear A lot ppl from east is making Nashville there home & hang out spot –
    I wish u the very best – I love watching u & frank travel the open vast places –
    Tina V ( enthusiast )

  5. john f nutt

    Hello Mike–thank you and the people involved helping to restore and preserve the old buildings of Nashville. I’m from a steel producing town that is turning to dust and all older homes are being torched by a serial arsonist,some of these homes may have been built by my father and his father.I’m going to try and find the builders of these homes and it’s due to your inspiration that I’m doing this search. Say “hello to Danny,Frank ,Robbie and the whole crew –sweet pickin’ ” John

  6. Karen

    Hello Mike,
    My husband and I are ardent followers of your TV series and love what you are doing to preserve “relics of the past.” We are from Ontario, Canada and unfortunately, many historic landmarks here are going the way of the “dinosaur”, and all in the guise of “progress”. I would ask these land developers and others, “What is the real price that we are paying here?” There is always a price to pay for all in life and in this case, the price being paid is our historic architecture being laid waste for the benefit of the few. When we lay waste to things of our past, what are we saying about our future? There can be no future if our past is not preserved for younger and present generations to take a time walk back to these times that bear acknowledgement of where we are today. There is a saying,” If you want to know where you are going, take a look at where you have been and most importantly, where you are now.”
    Kudos, to you Mike and others out there, helping to preserve these heritage artifacts and structures!
    Regards,
    Karen…

  7. Steven Espenschied

    As Curator of Lake Township Historical Society in Uniontown, OH which also include Hartville, Greentown and Lake Township. Bicentennial 2016 will take place next for the entire township. We have several historic buildings in the township which I like to see preserved. Its hard to educate the public on the value of these building. The historical society received a 1950 library building in a Greek Revival Style and large lot in the back. The site is off the main road but just perfect to expand to add office, storage, research center and additional display area. The trustees are still battling the location as they want to be on a main road with heavy traffic.

  8. Rick Morgan

    Thanks Mike, For doing what you are doing. I can only hope people learn from you and realize how great nostalgic America really is. Please keep it up.
    The Morgan’s,
    Small town Cottonwood
    (The North State of Ca.)

  9. Bren

    Hey guys first off, thanks for the nice pictures.. However living in Australia, I wonder what I could do to support the cause… “There is no future but what we make”

  10. Zach Sagurs

    Mike I applaud you on taking on your own Building preservation project, and from the photos; I can see no small task. From watching your shows, and knowing you have a love of preserving Vintage Motorcycles, Cycles and Car’s; I am sure you will complete it with the same care and level of detail in retaining and preserving as much as you can.

    I look forward to hopefully seeing it in its completed state.

  11. Milton Barr

    Mike,
    My wife and I travel through Nashville several times a year and we always usually stop at your store there. Our last stop was September and we could not believe all of the ongoing activity in the old buildings around your shop. I believe you guys are the anchor that is starting to save that old and blighted part of town and giving it new life.

    In 2014 my wife and I found and purchased a “centennial” banner dated 1939 for our hometown in Missouri at your Nashville store. We are donating it to a museum for “Jim the Wonder” dog in that hometown of Marshall, MO and I have invited you guys to come to the event next May during the annual museum celebration and also do some productive picking around this historical area. I have sent all of the information to Pickster45 and they indicated that they have shared the email and information with you and your production staff but I thought I might just send this note also. I am really excited about the “win win” possibilities of the museum donation event and lining up some productive local picks for you guys. It might make a good segment for a future show. Again thanks for saving this item of history for us to find at your store and we are making sure it gets to where it belongs at the museum for generations to share…….In my humble opinion”picking” is an “art”, a “science” and a social service and can be one of the most satisfying activities a person can do. I personally thank you and your staff for helping to bring it to the forefront of the national entertainment business and something anyone can participate in locally and at your stores like we have. I think the museum donation event will provide you with some more well deserved recognition and opportunities for productive local picks. Can’t wait to hear back from you guys. Sincerely Yours, Milt Barr JCMO

  12. Julie Cudahy

    Thank you for ensure these buildings live on! They are treasures of the past and from an era where buildings with character and charm were prevalent. There should be more folks like you in this world!

    Julie

  13. Julie Cudahy

    Thank you so much for see that these buildings are preserved. They are such a great link to the past and were built with such character and charm and personality. There need to be more heros like you in this world!

    Julie

  14. jeremy ryder

    I have a rare ac sparkplug lamp I saw one go for $ 700 on here didn’t want to sell it causwe its collectable I would like the seven hund for it im only selling it cause I need to pa y my house taxes thanks mike and frank and all the other the save history

  15. Ruthann Mengle

    Mike,
    Love the show, I tape them so I can stay caught up with where and what you all go.
    I have a question; my fiancé has a civil war rifle and the paperwork about the uncle who used it.
    Anyway, he wants to get appraised but we don’t know where to go, have it appraised and no get a raw deal. We live in the Harrisburg, Pa area. I thought you may know who we can go to.
    Thank you,
    Ruthann Mengle
    717-756-7957

  16. Sahil

    Hi mike and frank and Daniella how r u all I watch u r show almost every day and I like it I also like Daniella she is cute and she is also the show stopper please also include Daniella in the trips as I would like to see her a lot ..

  17. Anthony ogozalek

    I would like to thank your camera crews …seems they always get forgotten….on building your preservation business remember you cant replace open space ..they are trying to put concrete everywhere in california don’t make it the same in your areas your working ,its ok to get dirty.
    Tony on the west coast.

  18. william f sicard

    Mike i’ve been watching you and Frank. You are my new american hero. I love oysters but you put the hammer down. Frank shaving the beard was the best. i don’t think i’ll ever forget that one. Thanks a million.

  19. maryann

    i just wanted you people to know the you all are great and what you are doing for people and helping to just be your self and have some customer that love your show and the store aswell god be with you all and bless you everyday from mary ann

  20. Henry Isenberg

    Mike,
    I watch all of your shows. The show with the man who had the military stuff was interesting. I am a retired Air Force Major, flew 158 combat missions in Vietnam.
    The guy on that show bought dynamite. We made little hand grenades we made our own explosives by filling a 30 caliber cartridge with the necessary items and put in a fuse and crimped the end shut. Our chemistry teacher was always complaining that he kept running out of nitrogen compounds.
    I wrote my thesis in Air University on the use of hypnosis to control parapsychology. I would hypnotize classmates and their mates for simple things like curing a headache.
    I taught computer programing and software in high school and college. also taught history, drafting, math, geometry, and algebra.
    I live in College Grove TN. 25 miles south of Nashville.

  21. arleen friedrich

    I watch your show whenever you are on. I especially like all the different people you go meet . Keep on doing your pocket.

  22. ian

    Mike
    I just want to say I watch the tv series every time I can I surf the channels looking for America pickers even wene I go on my holiday ha.
    I like frank and Danielle but I have so much respect for you you are the politest person on the planet you know how to talk to people with so Much respect.
    Thank you so much for the hours of entertainment you provide

  23. Michael Blades

    Hello Mike. Have you traveled to West Nashville to pick and to keep items of history of an era being torn down and replaced with uppy housing. There is a world of history from 1930 to present that needs to be preserved. Also, don’t forget other parts of Nashville. Thanks. I also have a 1900 Singer pedal sewing machine in the original 7 drawer cabinet with serial number for sale. If interested I can send pictures.
    Also, I have and sell handheld and headgear of super bright lights that you could wear on your head and free up your hands to pick. They are 8000 and 9000 lumens power, with professional strength batteries that are rechargeable from 110 home socket, car charger and computer charger as well as a separate plug in charger. I want to donate these to Mike and Frank. The flashlights are as strong and much more powerful than the ones they use on the show. No catch. Just let me know what you think.

  24. Michael Blades

    Hello Mike. Have you traveled to West Nashville to pick and to keep items of history of an era being torn down and replaced with uppy housing. There is a world of history from 1930 to present that needs to be preserved. Also, don’t forget other parts of Nashville. Thanks. I also have a 1900 Singer pedal sewing machine in the original 7 drawer cabinet with serial number for sale. If interested I can send pictures.
    Also, I have and sell handheld and headgear of super bright lights that you could wear on your head and free up your hands to pick. They are 8000 and 9000 lumens power, with professional strength batteries that are rechargeable from 110 home socket, car charger and computer charger as well as a separate plug in charger. I want to donate these to Mike and Frank. The flashlights are as strong and much more powerful than the ones they use on the show. No catch. Just let me know what you think.

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