Main Street McMinnville is proud to host several events under the banner of “This Place Matters” to celebrate our historic buildings during May in honor of National Preservation Month. Events include a three-part workshop series, a week-long photography scavenger hunt, and the presentation of two awards celebrating downtown businesses and building owners.

Can't attend but wanna get involved? Individuals can participate in a social media campaign sharing photos and comments about their favorite buildings in town - historic or just plain old. 


The Main Street McMinnville Design Committee believes our downtown buildings and streetscape are essential to keep McMinnville unique and beautiful. It seeks to revitalize our downtown buildings and spaces as well as foster an appreciation for our local history through historic preservation. To get involved click here.

Brad Walker of Magness Library and Katie Kemezis of Main Street share key resources to research the architecture and history of your home or downtown building. 

Magness Library | 6:00-7:30

Refreshments provided | $5 Suggested Donation

May 7: Getting to Know Your Historic Building

How well do you know downtown buildings? Pick up your board here (online) or at the Main Street McMinnville office on May 11. Return your boards completed by May 21st; boards will all twelve buildings will be entered into a drawing for three downtown prizes.


Special thanks to Ian Riley Photography for developing the scavenger hunt and also generously sponsoring the prizes for the winners.

May 11: A Building Puzzler: Photo Scavenger Hunt of Downtown Architecture Kick Off

Louis Jackson of the Tennessee Historical Commission digs into what it entails to put a building on the National Register, what controls it places on the building, and understand how the Historic Tax Credit can be used for rehabilitation.

Magness Library | 6:00-7:30

Refreshments provided | $5 Suggested Donation

May 14: Demystifying the National Register and Historic Tax Credit

A crackerjack team of speakers, Josh Baker of Josh Baker Electric and Plumbing, Matt Sands of TOPZ/Cumberland Biscuit Company and Nolan Ming of City of McMinnville will share key information and considerations when buying a historic home or commercial building.

Magness Library | 6:00-7:30

Refreshments provided | $5 Suggested Donation

May 21: Attention Needed: The Essential Before You Buy Checklist

Main Street McMinnville Design Committee will announce the winners of two new awards in May to celebrate and appreciate downtown building owners and businesses.


“You Caught our Eye Storefront Award” for a business who storefront contributes delight, creativity, and a WOW factor which inspires you to return again and again.


A Preservation Award for building owners who have gone above and beyond to give their historic building a new lease on life with high quality work that respects the historic building material and its story.


The winners will receive and commemorative award and recognition on the Main Street McMinnville social media, monthly newsletter, and website. Judges include the Design Committee plus a special guest judge. 

These awards will be given away quarterly in May, August, December, and February.

May 31: Preservation Award and "You Caught My Eye" Storefront Award winners announced