Baked Green Tomatoes Recipe

Photo by Food Network
Photo by Food Network

We’re huge fans of the Franklin Farmer’s Market here at the Heritage Foundation — and we bet you are, too! To show our appreciation, we asked Stephanie Allen of Allenbrooke Farms (and one of our favorite former ‘Save the Franklin Theatre’ advocates!) to send us a recipe so that we could take even more enjoyment out of our Saturday morning trips! Check out her rendition of the classic fried green tomatoes recipe below… and start making your grocery list now!

Fried (Actually, Baked) Green Tomatoes
Stephanie Allen, Allenbrooke Farms

Tomato Ingredients:
— 3 or 4 medium-sized green tomatoes (note: it’s ok if slightly turning)
— 4 eggs
–4 cups buttermilk cornmeal
–feta cheese

–olive oil

Wisk eggs. Separately, slice tomatoes about1/3 to 1/2″ slices. Dip tomatoes into cornmeal, then into egg, and into cornmeal again. Place on a cookie sheet with a good amount of olive oil on it. Bake in preheated oven at 425′ for 5-10 minutes. Then turn over and cook until lightly brown on each side — probably another 5-10 minutes, just keep an eye on them. Top tomatoes with sauce and feta cheese, and serve! (Stephanie’s note: This is easier, probably healthier and definitely less messy than frying! I’ve started cooking my squash this way as well, but using panko and Italian bread crumb mixed in place of the cornmeal.)

Sauce Ingreidents:
–1 cup roasted red pepper (bake a couple in toaster oven)
–1/3 c. mayonnaise
–1-2 t Sriracha sauce
–2 t minced garlic
–1 t lemon juice

Pulse all ingredients until mixed. Don’t over blend. Can premake, and chill if you like. It keeps well if left over in fridge!


Winchester Antique Mall Owner Anticipates Move



Ms. Kim, owner of Winchester Antique Mall on Bridge Street, eagerly awaits a big change coming to downtown Franklin. Though the pending opening of a boutique hotel in our historic core means that she’ll have to relocate her business, Kim says that she fully supports the addition and the advantages it will bring.

“I’ve been here for 26 years, so it is a bit bittersweet — but I’m also excited,” Kim says. “This has encouraged us to expand and we’ll be closer to the heart of downtown, within easy walking distance.”

Winchester Antique Mall will soon be moving right around the corner to the old Tennessean building on Second Avenue, which is owned by the hotel’s developers Rod Heller and Jay Franks. The current building on Bridge Street will be torn down to make room for the hotel, but Kim says she knows it will ultimately be worth it. As a business owner and member of the Downtown Franklin Association, she views the hotel as a valuable partner and addition for local businesses.

“We get people in here all the time asking for places to stay downtown. I think that it will be a great addition to Franklin. I’ve seen the drawings, and they’re beautiful,” she says. “I also think it’s wonderful that they are only hiring local people and local retailers. The hotel compliments us.  The new hotel will face our location, so we’ll be able to help each other out.”

Kim, who is also a member of the Heritage Foundation, credits the organization for working hard to make the hotel a reality and an asset to the Franklin community.

“The Heritage Foundation has a huge, positive impact on the Franklin community. I can’t tell you how much I sing Mary Pearce’s praises, because she does so much for this town. She and Rudy Jordan both,” she says. “They’re an easy target when there is change, and what they do can be a thankless job. But they handle the challenge really well.”

Kim is excited about everything that her new space has to offer, including 7,700 square feet to fill and having everything conveniently located on one floor. She also says that she is looking forward to having additional parking, which will be invaluable for her customers.

The expansion, she says, will also allow both new and old vendors to have an eclectic mix of quality antique merchandise, while still staying cozy and intimate.
“Although we are relocating to a larger space, one thing will always remain, and that is our loyalty and love for our customers. They are the best and have always been our family! We are looking forward to building on that,” Kim says.



People Who Make An Impact: Pam Lewis [Q&A]

Pam Lewis - Publicity PhotoWe are proud to lay claim to Pam Lewis–preservationist, philanthropist and music industry veteran–as a new board member of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. The President & CEO of PLA Media has led a long & fascinating career in both New York City and Nashville… and we know that her varied expertise in fields ranging from politics to non-profits will serve our organization well.

The Historic Register property owner has even written a book about her experiences with preservation–how neat is that? Aptly titled A Tennessee Yankee, Pam shares her life and the restoration journey when she rescued the Harrison House from development. You can purchase the book here.

So that you can get to know Pam better, we put together a quick Q&A that shows off her passion for the community and why she chose to spend time on our mission (to learn more about her very interesting life–and how she came to Franklin–read her fuller bio below her answers). Enjoy!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the rural mid Hudson valley north of NYC and south of Albany. It is called McIntosh country and is loaded with rolling hills and orchards. If you have never visited, put the area on your bucket list — it is spectacularly beautiful with the Catskill Mountains, Hudson River, estates, The Hudson River school of painters Frederick Church and Thomas Cole house museums, and in general  loaded with beautiful vistas, history, culture and charm. It’s also only two hours by train to the city which I love.

How long have you lived in Williamson County? What is your favorite part of this community?

I moved to Franklin in 1993. Franklin feels like home to me even more so than my home town. The people are so engaged in our town and care about the way it grows, its history and destiny. We have strong opinions- not allot of apathy, about the important things anyway. I feel a sense of community for the first time in my life.

How did you first become familiar with the Heritage Foundation?

It is impossible to own a historic home in Franklin and not become acquainted with the Heritage Foundation. As soon as I bought the Harrison House, the phone began to ring, notes were dropped at my back door and before I knew it I had met so many people and found myself on the Candlelight Tour!  The dance had begun, and oh what I an interesting and joyful dance it has been.

I said in my book “Tennessee Yankee”, my life changed forever and for the better when I decided to rescue that house from development and I mean it. I would never have met so many interesting people from all walks of life, never have run for office, become involved in so many historical causes–and really I feel most blessed and lucky.

Why did you choose to invest your resources with the Heritage Foundation?

I feel that there are so many facets of the Heritage Foundation that are important to our community. Our community would be a very different place (and I would argue less unique) without the consistent, tenacious dedication of the HF staff.  There have been so many projects, so many victories and a few disappointments to be sure.  What impresses me is how multifaceted HF  is as an organization: a valued clearing house for information, research and a historic resource, the many beloved family festivals, the spring Heritage Tour, Franklin Theater restoration and continuing events, land reclamation and various restoration projects, as an activist organization for preservation issues and so much more.

Do you have a favorite event that the Heritage Foundation produces?

I guess my favorite event from the Heritage Foundation is Dickens.  Though, I must admit I like any opportunity to slip into a hoop skirt and who doesn’t like to wax a bit English especially around the holidays.

What is your favorite historic landmark or project in Williamson County?

It would have to be the collaborative work on land reclamation- I think the first thing I was involved with was Roper’s Knob.

It’s your perfect Saturday. What would you do?

A cup of coffee, a  work out and zumba class and I can be happy just walking around my farm  gardening , swimming, riding, and  enjoying my critter family but, also  any Saturday when I am exploring some place new and traveling.  I am a homebody who also loves to travel and have a long list of places to visit and re-visit.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t complain, be grateful in all things, have a short memory and thick skin, seize the day.

To riff off our friends at StyleBlueprint, what are a few things you can’t live without (aside from faith, family and friends)?

Books; coffee and music in the morning; animals in my life; freedom; good health and piece of mind.


Pamela Lewis, a native of upstate New York, is a graduate of Wells College with a B.A. in Economics/Marketing and a minor in French and Communications. Lewis spent a year in Paris studying at COUP (Center of Overseas Undergraduate Program) affiliated with The Sorbonne University. In New York City, she did additional graduate course work at Fordham University, The New York School for Social Research and The Publicity Club of New York. From 1980 to 1984, Lewis was part of the original publicity/marketing team that launched MTV to the world and also worked with MTV’s sister cable channels Nickelodeon, The Movie Channel, and the Arts & Entertainment Network. In 1984 she left WASEC (Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company), a joint venture of Warner Communications and American Express, with the position as National Media Director.

RCA records relocated Lewis from New York City to Nashville to help shape the careers of top country stars such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, The Judds, and Alabama. In 1987, she formed award-winning Doyle/Lewis Management with partner Bob Doyle, while continuing to operate PLA Media. The first client Lewis agreed to represent was an unknown Oklahoma crooner named Garth Brooks, who she worked with until 1994. Lewis also managed Trisha Yearwood’s early career, landing her a record deal at MCA Records. Under Lewis’ guidance, Yearwood released her debut self-titled album in 1991, becoming the first female country musician to sell one million records off her first single “She’s In Love With The Boy.” The album went on to be certified double platinum, and Yearwood went on to win the Academy of Country Music award for Top Female Vocalist later that year.

In 2003, Lewis made her first foray into the world of politics running for office of alderman-at-large in Franklin, Tennessee. She won a four-year term and was the only female on the board for two years and vice mayor for a year. Lewis is a graduate of University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service Local Government Leadership Program (third level). She has also served on or chaired multiple committees as well as being elected to the Planning and Historic Zoning Commission. She is a graduate of Belmont University’s College of Business Administration’s Scarlett Leadership Institute Mini Executive MBA program.

Lewis’ charitable board work has included: The Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte’s You Have The Power, BRIDGES Domestic Violence Center, Sister Cities of Franklin, Battlefield Preservation Commission, GAP, mayor appointed Moderately Priced Housing Task Force, Franklin’s Historic Battlefield Commission, ARC Board and the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

Her other community outreach efforts include historic preservation and green space causes, women and children’s advocacy, educational scholarships, fair housing and environmental and animal rights protection. Her foundation has given away thousands of dollars to numerous charities over the last ten years.

The Old Gym Is Getting New Life In An Unexpected Way

A relic of the former Franklin High School–also known as The Old Gym–is getting new life in an unexpected way!

The Heritage Foundation is proud to reveal that another part of “Vintage Franklin” will be incorporated into Old, Old Jail renovations: later this month Rock City Construction Co. will be repurposing the windows from the Old Gym, and placing them at our soon-to-be headquarters.

Located off Columbia Avenue, the building has been standing in horrible disrepair since the fire that destroyed Franklin High School in January 1956. A local nonprofit is prepping to tear down the gym in the coming months, with plan to restore the property as part of the Carter Hill Battlefield Park — but we wanted to be sure to save a part of it, before that happens!

Removing and restoring these windows to use in the Old, Old Jail is not only a continuing of the Heritage Foundation’s commitments to all types of preservation, but it is also a long awaited task that both Mary Pearce and Fred Reynolds of Rock City are excited to accomplish. This feature will not only bring another charming element to the building, but will also encourage that hip, vintage feel that the Foundation is wanting in the future “Big House for Historic Preservation!”

For more information about the Old, Old Jail or the project, call Executive Director Mary Pearce at 615-591-8500.


Old, Old Jail
Photo by Franklin Home Page

Foundation Adds Abby Williams To Team

Abby WilliamsAs our festivals and events in downtown Franklin street continue to grow, so does the Heritage Foundation: last month, we added Abby Williams to the team — a new staff member who will work closely with the festival director on the annual events, as well as help manage our various social media channels and website.

A Franklin resident who’s lived in the community for nearly 10 years, Abby interned with the Heritage Foundation back in 2012. She graduated from MTSU in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication, with focuses in advertising and leadership management. Post college, Abby continued to work with the Foundation as an active volunteer.

Thanks to her unique experience with our organization, Abby has been able to jump straight into the fray — and is loving it.

“I’ve never felt more honored to work for such an amazing nonprofit organization,” Abby says. “The community of Franklin is truly a remarkable place and we are excited to take our street festivals to the next level of excitement in the upcoming year!”

To congratulation Abby on her new position, email Abby at or call her at 615.591.8500 ext. 17.