2016 Annual Fund Campaign

“Home for the Holidays”

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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.

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Heritage Ball Casts Old Hollywood, Vintage Vision for 42nd Annual Gala

Now in its 42nd year, the Heritage Ball–the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williams County’s premiere annual fundraiser–is Williamson County’s longest-running black tie benefit and the social event of the season.

This year’s Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 and will cast special spotlight on the ca. 1941 Old, Old Jail, the Foundation’s first permanent headquarters and the community’s future Big House for Historic Preservation.

Ball attendees can anticipate an unexpected look to the Heritage Ball, held each year at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin.

Inspiration for the gala, Design Chair Matt Logan says, originated from the classic 1951 film American in Paris and the classic 1924 George Gershwin song “Rhapsody in Blue,” – cultural bookends to the era of the Old, Old Jail, the beneficiary of 2015 Ball proceeds.

“What I love about historic preservation is that truly everything that is old, is new again,” Logan said. “We wanted to celebrate things past with a contemporary, creative approach.”

Logan, who is the artistic director of the celebrated theatre and production company Studio Tenn, says cool tones will accentuate the setting, with elements of gold throughout to warm the environment. Dark blue tablecloths will be highlighted by art deco-inspired china and set off by brass cutlery.

Blue light cast on the top of the tent, complemented by hung Edison and cafe bulbs, will play off the evening sky to add a whimsical element to the ambiance.

“We took ideas from Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ painting, and the magic of that. You’ll see that the design has a bit of period to it, but with overlying modern touches,” Logan said. “It will be very current.”

Predominantly white flower arrangements–overseen by Steve McLellan of Garden Delights–that include orchids, calla lilies, and roses will form sculptural designs, offering dramatic pockets throughout the Ball.

“Matt, Steve and Cathi [Aycock, Ball Chair] have dreamed up this rich design scheme that feels very Old Hollywood,” said Lynne McAlister, Heritage Ball coordinator. “I can promise that the 42nd Annual Heritage Ball will truly be unlike any other year.”

All proceeds from the Heritage Ball support the non-profit Heritage Foundation’s 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 about the 42nd Annual Heritage Ball, go here. To purchase a ticket, please contact Lynne McAlister at 615-591-8500.

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Winchester Antique Mall Owner Anticipates Move

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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.


40th Annual Heritage Tour: Experience History Behind the Door (June 6-7)

HERITAGE TOUR 2015

Each summer, members and supporters of the Heritage Foundation open their homes and businesses as part of the Heritage Tour, showcasing the community’s dedication to protecting those resources as part of our legacy.

Now in its 40th year, the Tour will invite the public inside historic residences, commercial structures and notable examples of sensitive infill within historic districts on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th, 2015. The event acts as a fundraiser for our non-profit preservation organization, and underscores the importance of protecting the architectural and cultural heritage of Williamson County. BUY YOUR TICKET HERE!

J. Edward and Brenda Campbell, a husband-wife team of real estate brokers in Franklin, have been named as chairs for the 2015 event. They say the benefit’s theme this year is “Experience History Beyond the Door,” and will expand past personal homes into historic sites that also have rich stories to tell.

“All of these buildings are within historic environments, and hold special significance to the Foundation and its efforts,” said J. Edward. “By purchasing a ticket, participants are given a first-hand look at why the organization works so tirelessly to preserve our cultural inheritance. This tour acts as an educational vehicle for both the public and the Foundation.”

This year’s event features 10 properties, including six personal homes. Tour destinations–several of which are located in Historic Downtown Franklin, within walking distance of each other–include:

  • The Masonic Lodge-Hiram Lodge #7, circa 1823-1826, was the barracks for the Union soldiers during wartime occupation.

  • FirstBank at Five Points (ca. 1924) is a stunning example of an early commercial building that has served for decades as downtown Franklin’s post office, and recently underwent a complete renovation.

  • The Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church is a Romanesque Revival structure built in 1888 that stands as the third house of worship to be established in downtown Franklin.

  • The Hicks-Friesinger House on 5th Avenue South is a ca. 1878 home renovated in 2015.

  • The Turley-Marshall House on West Main Street is a ca. 1880 home that once resembled Italianate style and now stands as an English Tudor.

  • The Smith-Hardcastle House (ca. 1893) on Fair Street is a beautifully restored two-storey Victorian home.

  • The Ross House on Lewisburg Avenue was built in 2010 in a way that seamlessly blends old with new, and offers a breath of fresh Cape Cod air in Franklin.

  • The Breezeway at The John Herbert House (ca. 1830) on Clovercroft Road is the oldest double-pen dogtrot log house in Williamson County.

  • The Ogilvie Place-Beech Hill Farm, built in 1796 in College Grove, showcases an original log cabin with additions in an early-American style that has been “home” to six generations of Ogilvies.

  • The historic Rest Haven Cemetery on Fourth Avenue North will feature a costumed re-enactor portraying John McEwen, the Civil War-era mayor of Franklin.

The 40th Annual Heritage Tour is presented by Synergy Realty Network and Homeland Title. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and are good for the weekend of June 6th and 7th. Tour hours are generally 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special hours for Rest Haven Cemetery and Historic First Presbyterian Church.

To learn more about the Tour or to purchase tickets, please go here.

Producing the Tour is just one of the many activities of The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. Since 1967, the non-profit group has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources; in short, saving the places that matter.

 


2015 Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards

Each May, the Heritage Foundation hosts an annual meeting and preservation awards ceremony to recap the past year’s projects and celebrate outstanding historic preservation work in Williamson County.

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. The reception will kick off at 5:30 with light bites and beverages, with a program following soon after.

The annual event, which falls during National Historic Preservation Month, will recognize property owners whose visions have helped the Foundation protect and preserve historic structures. They include both residential and commercial rehabilitations, as well as new construction projects that complement the historic character of the community.

Plus, new board members for both the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association will be recognized. For more information on the event, call the Foundation office at 615-591-8500.

 


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

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.


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).


Harlinsdale Arena: A Dream Becoming a Reality

The vision of bringing horses back to Harlinsdale Park is one step closer to becoming reality, with the City of Franklin granting final approval to Friends of Franklin Parks to construct a multi-purpose arena on the 200-acre historic property. Pending the necessary permitting and the ongoing fundraising effort, construction is slated to begin this September!

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, a nationally known horse breeding facility established in the 1930s just north of downtown Franklin, was purchased by the City of Franklin in 2004, placed under a permanent conservation easement in 2007, and opened to the public shortly thereafter. The new arena will accommodate various equestrian and other events that engage the public and encourage utilization of the park.

Read more about the future park and its impact here.