Heritage Foundation Calls for 2015 Preservation Awards Nominations

Harris-McEwen Home

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is now accepting nominations for its 48th Annual Preservation Awards, which serve to celebrate outstanding historic preservation projects in the community. 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 new application deadline is April 10, 2015.

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.


Tickets on Sale for Next Gen’s 2015 Three Blind Vines Benefit

NOTE: Due to weather, the 2015 event was rescheduled for March 27, 2015. 

The Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County has announced that tickets are now on sale for their 8th annual Three Blind Vines fundraiser supporting Franklin’s “Old, Old Jail,” soon to be better known as The Big House for Historic Preservation.

The event takes place on Friday, February 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin. This year’s event décor and ambiance will hearken back to the Art Deco Era, inspired by the architecture of the circa 1941 Old, Old Jail building. Suggested dress is cocktail attire, and admission includes live entertainment, food from favorite local restaurants and the wine, of course.

Back by popular demand, Evan Farmer will host the evening’s festivities, including the announcement everyone will be waiting for by night’s end – the two Grand Prize winners of the blind wine tasting, both of whom will go home with a “winner’s vault” of wine.

Tickets may be purchased in advance on their website at www.threeblindvines.com for $45. They will be $50 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include plush accommodations overlooking the tasting floor, additional food selections and a private bar area.

“Next Gen” invites the community to interact with their 3BV social media team through Facebook at www.facebook.com/nextgenhf, and on Twitter and Instagram by following the hashtag #3BV.

The Next Generation Heritage Foundation consists of members aged 21-40 and is part of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. The Heritage Foundation is a 47-year-old non-profit organization with a mission 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. To learn more, go here.

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American Idol Winner Performing at 2014 Dickens, Town Sings, Snow on Main Street & More!

Dickens of a ChristmasThe Heritage Foundation is excited to reveal that American Idol winner Kris Allen will be performing as part of Dickens of a Christmas in Historic Downtown Franklin on Saturday, December 13! In its 30-year history, this is the first time Dickens of a Christmas has hosted a headlining act on its stage.

Allen, who recently self-released his third album titled “Horizons,” will perform on Saturday from 3:45-4:30 p.m. on the Public Square Stage. Attendees can look forward to a soulful performance from the pop-rock singer-songwriter who will entertain the crowd with songs from his recent repertoire, including the new Christmas single, “Baby, It Ain’t Christmas Without You.”

Produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Dickens of a Christmas transforms the streets of historic Franklin into a Victorian Christmas set for two days every December. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 14.

In addition to the scheduled performances on the stage near City Hall, Dickens will feature live entertainment at the intersection of 4th and Main Street, at Five Points, inside the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church and on other locations along Main Street. One of the hallmarks of Dickens is costumed characters interacting with visitors on the street and this year will mark the return of Scrooge bellowing his “Bah! Humbug”, the nefarious Fagin, and English Bobbies (who are actually Franklin Police Officers on duty in costume). Guests may even run into a ghost of Christmas Past, Present or Future, Tiny Tim Cratchit or the Father of Christmas himself. More than 200 volunteers in costume will attend the festival.

In addition to the long-standing traditions involved with Dickens, some new features have been added to this year’s event:

For the first time, the public is invited to participate in two town sings. Guests will gather at the Public Square stage starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday; Sunday’s town sing will take place in the Historic Presbyterian Church on Sunday, also at 4:30 p.m. 

“Dickens of a Christmas has become a tradition for many families who come to enjoy the memory-making moments of the weekend,” said Krista Dial, festival coordinator with the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. “It’s a nostalgic time that offers a glimpse into what life could have been like on Main Street during the Victorian era.”

Attendees can also expect to enjoy Victorian-themed fare, including traditional English offerings such as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pies, and fish and chips—and of course, roasted chestnuts and sugar plums.

Other activities include:

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides on 3rd Avenue South for $2 per person.
  • A Holiday Bazaar arts and crafts area that stretches down Franklin’s charming Main Street.
  • Violinists, hand bell choirs, carolers and even a water harmonica player all add to the entertaining street scene.
  • A Victorian costume contest on Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • Various photo opportunities around Main Street, one of which will include snow.

Last year more than 50,000 people attended the two-day occasion, which has been listed as a Top-20 event in the Southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

“We are thankful for our dedicated staff members and volunteers who help drive the Foundation’s mission by producing these annual street festivals,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of The Heritage Foundation. “The hundreds of thousands of people who attend them each year are able to see how making preservation a priority has given us a remarkable Main Street landscape. Plus, our streetscape and restored Victorian architecture has given attendees a much more authentic Dickens experience than what we had three decades ago!”

The two-day weekend street festival is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, which seek 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.


Volunteers Who Make An Impact: Josh and Susan Denton

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If you attended the 31st Annual Pumpkinfest last Saturday, you know it was one for the books! Drawing a crowd of more than 40,000 people, the Heritage Foundation rallied the troops to produce a bigger, better and more entertaining street festival than ever before.

The 2014 event marked another first: as a result of the year’s board retreat, each Foundation-produced festival will now be driven by staff and supported by chairmen, similar to the annual Heritage Ball.

Foundation board member Josh Denton and his wife, Susan, acted as the Pumpkinfest’s first chairs, going above and beyond to help staff members Rene’ Evans and Krista Dial throw one of the largest street parties of the year. The pair was approached in the spring to spearhead the initiative, and supported the Pumpkinfest team with creative ideas, scheduling, entertainment, sponsorships and more.

Prior to the festival the Dentons also hosted a ribbon cutting breakfast, where sponsors event organizers and city officials were thanked. The best part? Susan cooked much of the morning spread herself!

Josh, whose family hasn’t missed a Pumpkinfest in 10 years, says that the value of the free event lies in its family-centered fun.

“This festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase historic Franklin and all that it has to offer, especially during such a beautiful time of the year,” he says. “It’s great to be able to give back to the community by offering a fantastic—and free—experience for families throughout Middle Tennessee.”

Thank you, Josh and Susan, for using your time and resources to help further the Foundation’s mission in saving the places that matter!

The Dentons would like to give a big “thank you” to the 2014 Pumpkinfest sponsors: Sponsors for the 2014 Pumpkinfest include Bethel University; Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, Attorneys at Law; Monroe Carrel Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt; Williamson Medical Center; Hyundai Leaf Filter; Patterson Company; The People’s Church; Children’s and Adolescent Dentistry of Franklin School of Rock; Schroder Chiropractic; Bob Parks Realty; City of Franklin; and the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA).


Celebrate Pumpkinfest At Our Ribbon Cutting!

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One of the most anticipated Middle Tennessee events of the fall season is just around the corner: the 31st annual Pumpkinfest returns this Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., bringing a full day of free entertainment to families in the area.

Presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the festival will stretch along downtown Franklin’s Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues, and will also include portions of Third and Fourth Avenues. Attendees can expect a day of live music and dancing, costume contests, more than 80 arts and crafts booths, a Franklin Tomorrow chili cook-off, pumpkin carving and much more.

Prior to the festival, the Foundation will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at the City Hall stage at 9:45 a.m., where local members, event organizers and city officials will recognize the importance of the festival to the downtown Franklin community—as well as the sponsors who have made the 31st event happen.

Josh Denton, Heritage Foundation board member and co-chair of the 31st Annual Pumpkinfest with his wife Susan, says that the value of the free event lies in its family-centered fun.

“This festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase historic Franklin and all that it has to offer — especially during such a beautiful time of the year,” Denton said. “It’s great to be able to give back to the community by offering a fantastic—and free—experience for families throughout Middle Tennessee.”

Sponsors for the 2014 Pumpkinfest include Bethel University; Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, Attorneys at Law; Monroe Carrel Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt; Williamson Medical Center; Hyundai
Leaf Filter;
Patterson Company; The People’s Church; Children’s and Adolescent Dentistry of Franklin School of Rock; Schroder Chiropractic; Bob Parks Realty; City of Franklin; and the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA).

For more information about costume contests and the entertainment schedule, visit www.historicfranklin.com or call 615-591-8500.

Who: Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County

What: 31st Annual Pumpkinfest ribbon cutting

When: Saturday, Oct. 25; 9:45 a.m.

Where: City Hall Stage

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, produce Pumpkinfest each October. The annual festival is just one of the many activities presented by the non-profit group, which was founded in 1967 to protect and preserve Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources. 


31st Annual Pumpkinfest Returns! Join us Oct. 25, 2014

Pumpkinfest (19)Franklin’s favorite fall celebration is returning to Main Street this month, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever.

The 31st annual Pumpkinfest will take place on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., bringing a full day of free entertainment to families in the area. Presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the festival will stretch along Main Street from First to Fifth avenues, and will also include portions of Third and Fourth avenues. Attendees can expect a day of live music, various contests, an array of arts and crafts booths, a chili cook-off and much more.

In addition, The Great Pumpkin will be making an appearance at Pumpkinfest after traveling across the country from Franklin’s sister city, Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. Festivalgoers will have the chance to participate in a “Guess the Weight” contest where one lucky winner will take home a $50 gift certificate to Stroud’s Barbecue.

Other activities at this year’s Pumpkinfest include:

  • Two stages offering continuous entertainment from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • The Bethel University stage at City Hall will feature five performance groups from Bethel’s Renaissance program: two bluegrass bands, a Southern gospel quartet, a 15-voice group and a 55-member choir.
  • The School of Rock stage at Five Points will feature a variety of local performance schools and regional groups.
  • Then at 5 p.m. on the School of Rock stage, The People’s Church will present theBattle of the Bands, a competition between four teenage bands—the winner will go home with a cash prize of $500. For band audition information, email Danielle at dberg@thepeopleschurch.org.
  • A vibrant children’s area, presented by The People’s Church, will be located on Third Avenue South and will include pumpkin painting, free games, pony and train rides, inflatables and more.
  • A separate area of attractions for older children will be available on Fourth Avenue North, and will feature bungee jumping, a mechanical bull and a spider web mountain.
  • More than 80 arts and crafts booths will feature unique, handcrafted wares that complement fall and the holiday season including jewelry, food and home décor items. Booths will be open along Main Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Over a dozen food vendors will be selling traditional street festival favorites like corn dogs and hot dogs, barbecue, funnel cakes and kettle corn, as well as fresh bagels, gourmet coffee, fish tacos and jambalaya.
  • A community swing dance will commence at 4:45 p.m. on the Public Square to the sounds of 5 Points Swing. Unsure of your swing dance skills?  Local dancers will be there to warm you up with brief instructions before the band starts up.
  • The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-Off will feature 15 teams competing for the 12th annual title. A $10 ticket includes a 2 oz. sample from each team, and beer will be available for purchase in conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off. The tent will be located on Third Avenue North, where competitors will be serving from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • An extreme pumpkin carving contest will feature the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club and their work. The public will have a chance to vote on their favorite carved pumpkin, plus the opportunity to purchase one via silent auction.
  • Children, adults and even pets can compete in four categories during the annual costume contest. The categories are: pets; children, ages 0-2; 3-5; 6-11; 12+ and groups. Registration is limited to the first 40 entrants in each category and includes a $2 entry fee. Those who wish to participate can sign-up from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. near the Bethel University Renaissance stage at City Hall. Competition will begin at 2 p.m.
  • Offsite parking will be available at both Harlinsdale Park and The People’s Church, with trolley rides to downtown for $1 per person each way, which will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pets and strollers are not permitted on the trolleys.

Pumpkinfest is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. The annual October festival is just one of the many activities presented by the non-profit group, which was founded in 1967 to protect and preserve Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources. For more information, call 615-591-8500!

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2014 Ball King & Queen Named, Menu and Band Details Announced

2014 Heritage Ball King and Queen
2014 Heritage Ball King and Queen

Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event is rapidly approaching, and officials from the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County are making final preparations for the nearly sold-out 41st Annual Heritage Ball on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin.

At last week’s Sponsors Party at the beautifully restored antebellum Jasmine Grove home of Lucibeth and Brian Mayberry, organizers surprised downtown Franklin residents Greg Flittner and Nancy Smith with a special honor: the pair was named King and Queen of the Ball, respectively.

“Greg and Nancy have been tireless supporters of the Heritage Foundation, having chaired events and volunteered in myriad ways,” said Torrey Barnhill, Heritage Ball coordinator. “Our Board, staff and Ball committee is proud to recognize them for all they’ve done to advance our mission of protecting and preserving the places that matter in Williamson County.”

Flittner, who now serves as president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, spent 23 years in healthcare with General Electric and is currently vice president of development for CDI, with an office in Franklin’s downtown historic district. Nancy, who is president of the Brownstones Homeowners Association board of directors, has been heavily involved in assembling a record-setting silent auction offering for this year’s Heritage Ball.

“We feel like we owe it to the community to give our time and try to make it even better,” Smith said. “It has been our honor to be able to get involved with the Heritage Foundation and work with their tremendous staff. Being in a leadership role on the silent auction committee has allowed us to meet so many great people and make lasting friendships.”

The silent auction includes more than 150 items collectively representing approximately $100,000 in retail value. Items range from artwork to luxurious vacation packages, one-of-a-kind jewelry to tickets and rare experiences donated by supporters of the Heritage Foundation. For the first time ever, attendees will be able to bid online using their mobile devices during the event.

Another treat will be the menu, focusing on fresh, local delights from Chef’s Market including a fall salad with apples, Cajun seared pork belly and maple vinaigrette; a New York strip steak loin roulade with mushroom duxelle with spinach, smoked tomato and a Madiera demiglace; and a triple chocolate mousse teardrop cake with Chambord cream and fresh raspberries. Three local farmers – Delvin Farms, Noble Springs Dairy and Allenbrook Farms – have supplied product, and a vegetarian stuffed portabella mushroom option is also available.

Prior to dinner, during the cocktail hour, Williamson County’s Five Points Swing Band will serenade guests with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. Afterward, the dance floor will be packed as Band X from Atlanta keeps the crowd moving until late. Of course, there’s a local connection – Franklin’s own Michelle Froedge is a singer with the dance band that has developed a following all over the South.

Attendees can also enjoy a wine-tasting tent, sponsored by Lipman Brothers & R.S. Lipman, and late-night Southern bites compliments of Puckett’s Trolley.

“There are so many incredible components to this year’s event, including the nod to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin in 2014,” Barnhill said. “We’ve got some surprises in store, and we’re nearly sold out. We encourage anyone planning to attend to purchase tickets now, before it’s too late.”

To purchase tickets, contact Barnhill at (615) 591-8500 or by email at tbarnhill@historicfranklin.com.

Since 1967, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sponsor’s Party Held at Mayberrys’ Magnificent Home; Recognizes 2014 Ball Supporters

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Patrons of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County gathered on Sept. 4 to honor the sponsors and table hosts who will make the 41st Annual Heritage Ball possible. The Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin, and will be a retrospective of all that the Foundation has accomplished—with a special spotlight on the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin.

In its 41st year, the gala is Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event. The Sponsors’ Party, held at the magnificent Jasmine Grove home of Lucibeth and Brian Mayberry in downtown Franklin, recognized the major investments of local and national companies that will further spur historic preservation efforts.

The Ball is honored to have CapWealth Advisors, one of the state’s top wealth management firms, as a 2014 Patrons Sponsor. FirstBank, one of Tennessee’s largest community banks and a relatively new fixture on the downtown Franklin scene thanks to its renovated space at Five Points, is also a Patrons Sponsor for this year’s milestone event. In addition, Premier Sponsors include Alexander Automotive and SouthStar, LLC & Ovation.

“These businesses place a special emphasis on giving back to the community, and that philosophy is also the backbone of the Foundation’s mission,” said Torrey Barnhill, Heritage Ball coordinator. “We look to partner with like-minded leaders who understand the importance of our vision of saving each and every place that matters in Williamson County.”

Barnhill also referenced the Mayberrys’ contributions, and says the young couple is an indicator of both the Ball’s and the Foundation’s multi-generational involvement.

The Mayberrys’ three-story antebellum home, thought to be built around 1850, is the pair’s second downtown Franklin house to renovate in the context of historic preservation. The couple has turned the Civil War-era home—which was in a state of despair when purchased—into a representation of its original grandeur.

Lucibeth says they tapped in to the Foundation’s resources and expertise during the rehabilitation process, and have used the experience to educate their own young children on the importance of preservation.

“Our children are extremely connected to the community because they have a very strong sense of place. The house has given them that connection, even at their age,” Lucibeth says. “We believe we are stewards of this historic home. It’s a wonderful asset to the community, that a family home like this is still serving the purpose for which it was originally built.

“As a family, it’s become our thing together. My 8-year-old loves to give tours. His room’s window has a Civil War-era signature etched in the window.”

As the 80-plus attendees arrived at Jasmine Grove they were treated to bites by Sargent’s Catering and donated spirits from R.S. Lipman & Lipman Bros. The hand of Steve McLellan of Garden Delights crafted the flower arrangements in the sweeping backyard, and Southern Events donated party equipment.

In addition to the Patrons and Premier Sponsors, others include the Major Sponsors: Audi of Nashville, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, First Tennessee, Franklin Synergy Bank, Grand Avenue, Landmark Bank, Lipman Bros. & R.S. Lipman Company, Martin Foundation and Southern Events; as well as the Supporting Sponsors: A. Marshall Family Foods, Full Service Insurance, Inc., Embassy Suites Cool Springs, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Williamson Herald/Southern Exposure Magazine, Westhaven Partners and YOUR Williamson.

For more information on the Ball, or to reserve a $375 ticket to the event, call Torrey Barnhill at 615-591-8500, ext. 20.

All proceeds from the Heritage Ball benefit the work of the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit 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.

2014 Heritage Ball Sponsors

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.


Main Street Festival Drives Nearly $3 Million in Economic Impact

Two-Day Attendance at 125,000, with 28% From Outside Middle Tennessee 

In its 32nd year, downtown Franklin’s Main Street Festival attracted 125,000 attendees and generated nearly $3 million in economic impact, according to a study conducted during the event in late April. The free street festival, produced by the non-profit Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, has long been recognized as a favorite in the Southeast.

“We wanted to gauge the impact of what this festival means to Franklin and Williamson County, and this study has provided some important insight,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation. “We’re very pleased by the findings, but not necessarily surprised – people from all over look forward to the Main Street Festival each year, and we’re focused on continually enhancing the experience.”

A survey of 432 respondents indicated that while the majority of attendees reside in Williamson, Davidson and Rutherford counties, approximately 28% came from outside the area, including states such as Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania. A reported 12% stayed overnight while visiting the Franklin area, with 50% of those staying three nights or more.

Two-thirds of attendees planned to shop and dine with merchants on downtown Franklin’s Main Street, and also spent money with the dozens of arts and craft vendors at the festival. On average, overnighters spent $194.10 per person, with day-trippers spending $33.03 per person.

Demographically, 43 percent of the respondents (59% female) were between the ages of 35 and 54, while 30 percent were 55 or older and 27 percent were between the ages of 18 and 34. Festival attendees tend to have high annual household incomes, with 41 percent reporting making more than $100,000 per year. The average party size for festival attendees was 3.42.

Respondents overwhelmingly said they plan to return to the Main Street Festival in 2015. The Heritage Foundation produces other signature events throughout the year on Franklin’s Public Square, with 72 percent reporting having attended Pumpkinfest in October and 63 percent attending Dickens of a Christmas.

The study was conducted by Franklin-based Chandlerthinks, a research and marketing firm that developed the survey and analyzed the results.

“These findings underscore the importance of events like Main Street Festival to the economic and cultural vitality of downtown Franklin and all of Williamson County,” said CEO Steve Chandler. “Clearly, the Heritage Foundation is playing a critical role in the community.”