About

Mission

The Heritage Foundation exists to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.  In short, we save the places that matter in Williamson County, Tennessee.

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What We Do

As one of the nation’s most respected historic preservation societies, we work tirelessly to save the architectural and cultural resources that make Franklin and Williamson County so unique.

Today the Heritage Foundation works on four fronts:

  • Preservation
    We preserve by advocating for and raising funds to preserve historic buildings, Civil War sites, green space, and other community resources.
  • Promotion
    The Heritage Foundation and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, actively promote the businesses in the historic district and partner with the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote downtown Franklin as a destination.
  • Education
    The Heritage Classroom Program brings Williamson County history to more than 4,000 public, private and homeschooled children each year through classroom programs and walking tours of downtown. We produce the Tour of Homes every spring, making private residences and their rich pasts available for public tours. In addition, we support the efforts of Rick Warwick as he continues to research and document Williamson County’s history and educate the public on historic resources.
  • Festival and Events
    Local residents enjoy a variety of street festivals and events produced by the Heritage Foundation and its affiliates. Three Blind Vines, Main Street Brew Fest, Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest, Dickens of a Christmas and the monthly Art Scene bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to historic Franklin’s core each year.
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Our Story

In the late 1960s, one of Franklin’s best-known, most architecturally significant antebellum homes was torn down to make way for a gas station. The loss of that prominent home at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bridge Street, built by landowner Nicholas Perkins, outraged a small group of determined citizens who formed the Heritage Foundation to preserve the county’s historical resources and agrarian roots. Read the rest of the Heritage Foundation history here.

To see the Foundation’s active board members, go here.