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Birthplace Shrine and Chapel Open to Visitors

All Tennessee State Parks, and most park facilities, reopened in May 2020. Most Tennessee State Parks, including Montgomery Bell, home to the Cumberland Presbyterian Birthplace Shrine, are operating from 7:00 AM to sunset, but there may be some exceptions. The public can now access most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Most park facilities – Visitor Centers, park offices, restrooms, etc.- are also open. Playgrounds and other social gathering places may be open as well. Signage throughout the parks will encourage proper social distancing and provide information about the cleaning standards for particular facilities or spaces.

Although the Birthplace Chapel is open for previously scheduled weddings, please use caution and observe social distancing recommendations when visiting the facilities.

Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore

Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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