Domino’s Pizza to be Removed, Reclamation Will Become Part of 20-Acre Downtown Park

Old Dominos building

A decade-long effort that began with the demolition of a Pizza Hut on the east side of Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin is culminating in the removal of a former Domino’s Pizza building next week. Now the public is being invited to celebrate the reclamation with one last slice of pizza.

Parcel by parcel, preservationists in partnership with the City of Franklin have purchased and cleared seven tracts that comprise core battlefield, where the Carter Cotton Gin stood during the Battle of Franklin. On the other side of Columbia Avenue, final fundraising efforts are underway to secure approximately three acres adjacent to the Carter House. All told, Carter Hill Battlefield Park will comprise 20 acres, within walking distance of downtown Franklin.

Next Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m., supporters will gather to witness the start of demolition on the old Domino’s building, and reflect on the unprecedented success in battlefield reclamation that has occurred in Franklin.

WHO
John Schroer, Commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Transportation
Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor, City of Franklin
Dr. Caroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian
Patrick McIntyre, Director, Tennessee Historical Commission
Mike Grainger, Chairman, Civil War Trust
Other special guests

WHAT
A ceremony recognizing the reclamation of seven parcels of core battlefield property on the east side of Columbia Avenue that will become part of the 20-acre Carter Hill Battlefield Park. A backhoe will begin the demolition of the old Domino’s Pizza building, and the public is invited to enjoy one last slice of pizza on the site.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.

WHERE
1225 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064

WHY
The effort to reclaim the Franklin battlefield started in 2005, and has since gained national recognition for its unprecedented success.  

To learn more, visit www.franklinscharge.com.

 


2015 Main Street Festival Returns in Full Force!

The Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce Xfinity as the title sponsor of Main Street Festival 2015. Scheduled for April 25-26, the Xfinity Main Street Festival is downtown Franklin’s premier celebration of spring, closing Main Street to traffic from First to Fifth Avenues for a full weekend of arts and crafts, music and dance, children’s activities, food and fun. Xfinity Main Street Festival will run from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.  Admission is free.

“We are thrilled to welcome Xfinity as the title sponsor of this year’s event,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson Co.  “This is a relationship that has been developing for a while, and we are so happy that it has culminated in this title sponsorship. Franklin’s reputation as a destination to shop, eat and play is a natural fit with Xfinity’s entertainment brand.  With their support we are able to offer an even better lineup of entertainment for the whole family at the Xfinity Main Street Festival.”

“We are proud to be the title sponsor for the 32nd annual Main Street Festival in Franklin,” said Sara Jo Walker, Director of Public Relations for Comcast. “Comcast has been dedicated to investing in technology infrastructure in Franklin and Williamson County for many years, but this sponsorship underscores our ongoing commitment to the community as well.”

The centerpiece of Xfinity Main Street Festival is a juried arts and crafts show featuring some 200 vendors with original and hand crafted wares. Original paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, leatherwork, and much more will be showcased on Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues. Arts and crafts will be on display from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, and again from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday

Free entertainment will be offered continuously on two stages. The Xfinity Stage on the Public Square will feature local bands playing a variety of genres: Indie, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel and more. Eric Heatherly and his “Goats of Kudzu” will headline a Saturday night street dance on the Public Square from 8:30 – 10 p.m. The Heritage Stage located on Fourth Avenue North will feature a variety of local dance groups, including the Ann Carroll School of Dance, Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue and the Nashville Ballet.

A beer tent on Fourth Avenue South will feature pub-style entertainment such as karaoke and corn hole. A kids’ zone on Third Avenue South will offer a variety of inflatables, train and pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee jump and other activities for a small fee.

Returning this year is the very popular carnival component, located this year on Second Ave. N., on the Harpeth Square development site. Carnival activities kick off at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Off-site parking and shuttle bus service will be available at The People’s Church on Hwy. 96 and Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, off-site parking will be available only at Harlinsdale Farm.  Shuttle service to downtown Franklin will be available for $1 per person per ride. Food, beverage, pets and non-folding strollers are not permitted on the trolleys.

For more information and a complete line up of entertainers, visit franklinmainstreetfest.com.

 


Under Lock & Key: Old, Old Jail’s Key Club

Ground has been moving at a fast pace at our Old, Old Jail project–and everyone is taking notice! At the Heritage Foundation, we’re getting more and more excited as the days pass… which is why we’re rolling out a new initiative called The Key Club!

Similar to when we sold seats during The Franklin Theatre’s renovation, the organization is providing replicas of a 1940s jail key for those who donate $1,000 to the future “Big House For Historic Preservation.”

In addition to receiving a numbered, one-of-a-kind key–designed by Foundation member Brian Laster–a sign will also be placed at the Old, Old Jail to recognize the Key Club donors.

The $1,000 gift may be paid in installments over two years. To purchase a key and support the Old, Old Jail rehabilitation, call Executive Director Mary Pearce at 615-591-8500 ext. 15 or email Linda Childs here.

When restored, the ca. 1941 Old, Old Jail will act as the Heritage Foundation’s first permanent home and serve as a resource to the community. To learn how, visit the Old, Old Jail webpage here.

Key Club

Preservation Award Nominations: Deadline Extended!

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County has extended the nomination deadline for its 48th Annual Preservation Awards, which serve to celebrate outstanding historic preservation projects in the community, to Friday, April 10. To receive a form, contact Heritage Foundation’s Linda Childs at 615-591-8500 ext. 16. The document can also be downloaded HERE: 2015 Preservation Awards Application.

The awards recognize the vision of those who help the Foundation protect and preserve historic structures. They include both residential and commercial rehabilitations, as well as new construction projects, that complement the character of Williamson County.

Winners are announced each May at the nonprofit’s yearly member meeting, which falls during National Historic Preservation Month. The 48th Annual Preservation Awards ceremony will be held on May 19, 2015 at the Franklin Theatre, and will commemorate nearly half a century of preservation work.

“We are extremely proud of the property owners who have saved jewels of this community, and eagerly anticipate recognizing their efforts each year,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation. “Historic preservation, done the right way, is part of what makes Williamson County so unique. These owners’ visions have helped the Foundation protect and preserve additional pieces of our heritage.”

Taking home the top honors of 2014 were GRAY’S on Main and the Harris-McEwen Home, downtown Franklin properties that nabbed the Overall Winner awards for commercial and residential rehabilitation, respectively. In addition to the two grand Preservation Award prizes, the Heritage Foundation recognized 21 separate projects at last year’s banquet that demonstrated the value of preservation.

Properties may be nominated by outside parties, or submitted by owners. 2015 awards categories will be determined once the nominations have been received and reviewed.

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

 

Harris-McEwen Home