2016 Annual Fund Campaign

“Home for the Holidays”


The holidays kindle memories of family and our thoughts turn toward home. This year, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County celebrates our first Christmas in our forever home. In January, the 1942 doors to the Old, Old Jail were re-opened as The Big House for Historic Preservation. The dilapidated, unloved ruin is revitalized into a vibrant work and community space. It’s not just our home; it’s home for everyone who loves preservation and conservation in Williamson County. Call for a tour. Our home is your home.




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.

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

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.

Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.

1225 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064

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.


A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. Raises Money For Heritage Foundation

A. Marshall Foods - Donation

A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. raised thousands of dollars for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County through events hosted by two of its downtown Franklin restaurants in 2014, the restaurant group revealed earlier this month.

Owner Andy Marshall and his team presented a check worth $7,370.00 to Heritage Foundation staff and volunteers this past Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Puckett’s Boat House at 94 E. Main Street.

In December, friends and customers of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant were invited to celebrate 10 years in Franklin, with a special night of throwback menu items, live music performances—and a roast of Marshall. The lively evening packed the house, and ticket proceeds–plus several several additional gifts–were garnered for the Heritage Foundation’s work in restoring the Old, Old Jail (soon to be known as the “Big House for Historic Preservation”).

In addition, the Foundation received proceeds from the Puckett’s Boat House “Puckett’s Dollar For Your Thoughts” 2014 initiative that generated dollars from money pinned to the restaurant’s low ceiling. Over the past year, the Southern seafood eatery provided each table with buckets of tape and markers, and encourage customers to stick dollar bills—with their own custom messages—to the building’s structure in the name of the Foundation.

A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. is a Franklin-based company with seven family-owned restaurant and hospitality businesses within Middle Tennessee, including Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House in downtown Franklin.

Andy Marshall is a Heritage Foundation board member, and wife Jan Marshall is a executive committee member of the Downtown Franklin Association.

10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Franklin

full_15484You won’t want to miss the 10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration: “A Celebration of Freedom” coming up Saturday, June 21! Presented by the African American Heritage Society (AAHS) and sponsored by the Hard Bargain Association, each year the celebration coincides with similar events throughout the country to mark the date when slavery ended on June 19, 1865. Plus, this year’s big event will be a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin!

Join the Foundation at the McLemore House Museum Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for live music, free games, a gospel group performance and more!

According to the Franklin Home Page, attendees of all ages will be well-fed with barbecue and fish from MoeBetter, hot dogs, ice cream and strawberry sodas. Plus, there’s a cakewalk: contestants hope for a winning number that delivers a delicious cake provided by elected officials, judges, representatives and even one from Gov. Bill Haslam.

Learn more about the day on the Franklin Home Page here.


Community Bands Present 3rd Annual Franklin Theatre Concert, July 8

The Williamson County Community Band program will celebrate its 14th season in grand style with a special evening concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8 at the historic Franklin Theatre! Doors open at 6 p.m.

Opening the concert, Williamson County Community Band director, Ken Krause, has a rich evening of entertainment planned with a program of crowd-pleasing classics by the entire 60-member community band.

This all volunteer band is made up of amateur and professional musicians of varying ages and will surprise you with the caliber of talent they possess. The second act will feature the Big Band ensemble, “5 Points Swing”, led my Matt Jablonka, and they will wrap up the evening’s entertainment with their seasoned musicians and powerful vocalists by re-creating the swingin’ sounds of popular tunes from the Big Band era.

This is a performance not to be missed! Tickets for the concert featuring the Williamson County Community Band and “5 Points Swing” are available at the Franklin Theatre box office or on-line at www.franklintheatre.com. For this event, cabaret seating is $22, balcony seating is $17 and classic seating is $12.