About Boones Creek Historical Trust

Ruth Hodge - Founder

Boones Creek Historical Trust is dedicated to the Preservation, Restoration, and Promotion of Tennessee's First Community

The Trust was founded by Ruth Hodges as an outgrowth of Homecoming '86. Since then, BCHT has grown into a vibrant group of community-minded citizens interested in preserving, restoring, and promoting the rich history of Boones Creek, Tennessee. Monthly meetings (usually covered dish) are held the 3rd Monday of the month at Boones Creek Christian Church Chapel. Monthly meetings feature a speaker, storyteller, or historic/preservation specialist addressing a wide variety of related topics. Goals include establishing a permanent museum home for the hundreds of historic artifacts now held in storage, as well as a permanent home for our meeting space.    

Board Of Directors

Boones Creek Historical Trust Executive Council
Lilly Hensley - President

A life-long resident of Boones Creek and graduate of Jonesboro High School who, after attending ETSU, enjoyed a diverse career in advertising and communications throughout the Tri-Cities area while serving on both the Johnson City and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce as well as a respected member of the Tri-Cities Home Builders Association.  She has been a member of the Boones Creek Historical Trust for over 20 years, and proudly serves as the current President.  

Edward Bowman - Treasurer

A 1961 graduate of Boones Creek High School, proud U.S. Army veteran, and ETSU graduate with a BS in Mathematics who taught math in and around Johnson City for 30 years before retiring to his 200+-year-old family farm in Boones Creek. Ed raises cattle, sheep, and chickens while he serves as Treasurer for the Trust. He also served as a past President of the Trust for four years. and has served on the Board of Directors for the past ten years.

Vicki Shell - Vice President

Vicki serves as Vice President. As a 1978 Art graduate of East Tennessee State University, she founded Shell & Miller Advertising in 1986 where she serves as Creative Director. Along with the help of 50 volunteer artists, Vicki designed and constructed the lower level of the Hands On! Museum in Johnson City in 1987.  In 1992 she received the Governors Award for excellence in promoting the arts. Vicki is also a private music instructor teaching mandolin, fiddle, and piano at Musik Alley, Boones Creek, and she plays with a gospel bluegrass band called SunnySide.

Ann Morris - Secretary


© 2020 by Boones Creek Historical Trust

A 501-3c not-for-profit organization

632 Hales Chapel Road

Johnson City, TN 37615

Phone: 423-461-0151