41st Heritage Ball Honors Sesquicentennial with Signature Cocktail

Boneset & SpruceMade From Local Ingredients, “Boneset & Spruce” To Reflect Tennessee’s Civil War Era

Patrons attending the annual Heritage Ball next month will have the chance to sip on a cocktail similar to one generals and soldiers might have made to drink off the battlefield during the Civil War.

The 41st Annual Heritage Ball, to be held Saturday, September 20 at Franklin’s Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, will recognize the 150th Anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Franklin through details ranging from the decor and menu down to the signature libation.

Jon Yeager of PourTaste—who also crafted the GRAY’S on Main cocktail menu—created the signature drink, called the Boneset & Spruce, drawing inspiration from a recipe found in a book called The Young Housekeeper’s Friend, published in 1863 by M.H. Cornelius.

“We’re commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin this year, and we wanted that to come through in the cocktail,” said Yeager. “We opened up the vaults and actually went through some recipes those folks would’ve made back then.”

The book contains a traditional drink recipe that calls for spruce and boneset beer, which would often be accompanied by rum or brandy. Yeager’s adaptation is made with molasses, lemon, essence of spruce, boneset root bitters, brandy, rum and mint, and has an almost tea-like quality.

“Every ingredient in this cocktail honors Franklin, honors Tennessee and honors the 150,” said Yeager. “We use brandy because America was actually born off brandy, not whiskey, and the sweetening agent is molasses, which was typical of that era. Mint was also commonly used because we all know in the South mint grows like a weed, so it was something you didn’t have to buy.”

In addition to the Boneset & Spruce, patrons will also be able to choose from a selection of wines and other spirits provided by Lipman Brothers & R.S. Lipman Company.

All proceeds from the 41st Annual Heritage Ball benefit the works of the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

For more information on the Ball, go here or call Torrey Barnhill at (615) 591-8500.


Old, Old Jail: Becoming a Reality

HF-Old Old Jail Postcard FNL1[2]As many of you know, the Heritage Foundation purchased the “Old, Old Jail” in 2013 and is in the process of restoring the Art Deco-style structure that will soon be our headquarters and the “Big House for Historic Preservation.”

We are thrilled to share the news that the renovation has officially begun on the property! Though the Foundation is nearing its fundraising goal, the organization is still looking for donors who understand the importance of this project: The Big House for Historic Preservation project is expected to cost $2.4 million, and the Foundation has raised approximately $1.5 million to date.

The Old, Old Jail purchase and restoration is broken down as follows:

  • Renovation of the existing building is $1.3 million
  • Additions to the existing building will cost $475,000
  • Installation of parking and event space will cost $325,000
  • Environmental remediation and LEED certification is $100,000
  • Design and consulting costs are $200,000

The vision for the project is to help spark the revitalization of the Bridge Street district, and allow the building to serve as a resource for the community, a place where anyone with a need for or an interest in historic preservation is welcome. If you are interested in helping with the Old, Old Jail project please contact us here.


Pumpkinfest Brings Fun For All The Children!

pumpkinfestFun news for families out there! After a four-year hiatus, the Heritage Foundation is thrilled to announce that The People’s Church will be back as the lead sponsor of the children’s activity area for Pumpkinfest 2014!

From 2004 to 2009, The People’s Church was one of the most important components of Pumpkinfest when they coordinated all the free children’s activities on Third Avenue South.

“We are delighted to announce that they are back with us again this year and will again be devoting their considerable talents and energies into providing Franklin families with a full day of fall-themed fun in downtown Franklin. The games and activities they provide are an invaluable contribution to Pumpkinfest,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation.

Pumpkinfest, a free street festival along Main Street and on some of the side streets, is one of the Heritage Foundation’s signature events. Scheduled for October 25 this year, the event will feature not only the free children’s activity area sponsored by the church, but also costume contests, music and entertainment on two stages and on various locations on the street, an extreme pumpkin carving contest, arts and crafts vendors, a chili cook-off, and other fall-themed fun.

So mark your calendars! It’s gonna be a fun one. Learn more here.