Old, Old Jail Committee Member Advocates For Preservation, Recognized Nationally

timpagliaraTim Pagliara was there when FirstBank first began talking with the Heritage Foundation about renovating and moving into the Five Points Post Office, the organization’s former headquarters. And he was also part of the team that helped brainstorm the non-profit’s next move, working within an advisory committee to navigate the Old, Old Jail project from conception and purchase to its current fundraising and renovation phases.

When asked why he commits his time, Tim says this a significant project because it’s a great example of what can be accomplished when the business world and preservation activists work together toward a common goal.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Tim explains. “A great example is the recent renovations on the post office. The city took something that was a gateway to the community, something that was wasting, and put it on the tax poll and turned it into something beautiful.“

Tim credits Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation, for getting him involved in preservation—saying it’s hard not to get caught up in her energy and vision for the future of Franklin. And as a finance person, Mary says he’s been able to provide a different perspective on how to tackle projects and project outcomes.

And Tim doesn’t just talk the talk: he’s put his money where his mouth is, backing up his advocacy with a sizable donation to the Old, Old Jail project to help revive it as the “Big House For Historic Preservation.”

Thanks to the donation, Tim receives naming rights to one of the cell, which he plans to dedicate it to Mary, complete with a plaque that reads: The only place that could contain her.

“The value in the Old, Old Jail project is it will spur more renovations like it,” Tim says. “The Old, Old Jail is in a part of town that needed a boost, and now we’ve got this project, the new Bicentennial Park and others like it.”

The businessman points to the Foundation’s mission as an important root in the community, and a vision that helps provide the quality of life that locals enjoy. He says everyone can benefit from preservation, and points to events like Pumpkinfest and Main Street Festival as examples (the latter two-day event drew 125,000 attendees to Historic Downtown Franklin).

From a financial standpoint, Tim says the Heritage Foundation is important to the community’s economic prosperity, and in turn, the community’s economy prosperity is important to the Heritage Foundation.

“It’s kind of a chicken and egg thing. We wouldn’t have the attractiveness for all these businesses to come here if it wasn’t for the charm and character of the town, and we wouldn’t have the charm and character if it wasn’t for what the Heritage Foundation has done.

“The growth in a business presence has improved the tax base and the improved quality of business has led to donations that we never would have had years ago.”

In looking to the future, Tim says there’s still a lot of work to be done. He says we need to increase the efforts of preservation to meet the growth of our community, and that Franklin has more potential to be recognized now than at any other point in our city’s history.

Preservation is a long, ongoing process that takes years and years of effort and participation from all members of the community.

“A lot of things need to come together,” says Tim. “We’re very competitive, and with the economy what it’s been in the last five and 10 years, you’ve got to be competitive. The work of preservation has been something that’s made our community unique.”

Tim is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CapWealth Advisors. He was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article where he discusses the importance of educating the public about U.S. economic policy and encourages people to be more engaged in politics in order to more effectively solve the problems affecting our communities. Learn more about him here.


Heritage Foundation Honors 23 Properties at 2014 Annual Meeting

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[pictured: Dan Brown, Andy Marshall, Jan Marshall, Mary Pearce, Cheryl Thompson, Cyril Stewart and Mel Thompson at last night’s banquet]

The Heritage Foundation commemorated nearly half a century of preservation work at its 47th Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards May 20, 2014, at the Franklin Theatre. Go here to see photos from the evening.

Each May, the non-profit organization uses the evening to recap the past year’s accomplishments and celebrate outstanding historic preservation projects.

Taking home the top honors this year 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.

The commercial category winner has a long history on Main Street: Set in a ca. 1876 Victorian building, the Gray Drug Co. was a landmark pharmacy in downtown Franklin for nearly a century. Vacant for the better part of the past decade, the Gray’s building was nearly a victim of demolition by neglect before Andy Marshall—owner of the Puckett’s family of restaurants and GRAY’S on Main co-owner—purchased the building in 2012.

GRAY’S co-owner Michael Cole then oversaw the long construction process, maintaining or reusing many of the original details to herald the soul of the building. The three-story original layout of the building remains largely unaltered, and the GRAY’S team focused on ensuring that the restoration best utilized existing spaces. Tin ceilings, historic wall textures and finishes and structural timbers were all preserved to celebrate the building’s character.

Mel and Cheryl Thompson, owners of the overall residential award winner Harris-McEwen home, spent three years renovating the bones of the ca. 1830 building and restoring it to its original splendor, when it was stomping grounds to Mayor John McEwen of Franklin during the Civil War.

The couple took pains to bring the home back to the historic structure, removing additions that had been added after 1867 and restoring rooms to original sizes and functions. The Thompsons also duplicated the original trim, molding and flooring.

The Harris-McEwen Home is one of the highlights of the Foundation’s 39th Annual Town & Country Tour of Homes, taking place June 7-8.

“The two winners are wonderful examples of historic rehabilitation, with regards to both commercial and residential renovations,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation. “The property owners have saved jewels of this community, and their visions have helped the Foundation protect and preserve another small piece of our heritage. This is historic preservation done the right way.”

In addition to the two grand Preservation Award prizes, the Heritage Foundation recognized 21 separate projects that demonstrate the value of preservation, including rehabilitations of residential and commercial structures, and new construction projects that complement the historic character of Williamson County.

The Town of Thompson’s Station was included in the honors for placing a conservation easement with the Land Trust of Tennessee on 1600 Thompson Station Road West. The Stutz/Douty property and Hatcher Farm also received Conservation Land Easements from the Land Trust for Tennessee.

The following additional properties received recognition in the 2014 ceremony:

  • The Gooch House, owned by Ann Johnson (Award of Merit for outside of the historic overlay district, residential)
  • The Dozier Home, owned by Chris Rudd and Kirstin Hobday of Thrive Homes (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, residential)
  • The Historic Reynolds Bungalow, owned by Fred and Linda Reynolds (Award of Merit for outside of historic overlay district, residential)
  • Ravenswood, owned by the City of Brentwood (Award of Merit for outside of historic overlay district, commercial)
  • Bittersweet Primitives, owned by Debbie Miller (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, commercial)
  • 113 Second Avenue North, owned by St. Philip Catholic Church (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, commercial)
  • Annex/Old Garage at 109 Jennings Street, owned by David W. Garrett (Award of Merit for outside of the historic overlay district, commercial)
  • Savory Spice Shop, owned by David and Hollie Rollins (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, commercial)
  • 125 Third Avenue North, owned by Travis Anderson (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, commercial)
  • Harlinsdale Barn, owned by the City of Franklin (Award of Merit for outside of historic overlay district, commercial)
  • Jamison Station/Cottages on Old Liberty, owned by Carbine & Associates (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, residential)
  • The Pitts Residence, owned by Dan and Paige Pitts (Award of Merit for outside of historic overlay district, residential)
  • The River Rose, owned by Mark and April Cantrell (Award of Merit for outside of historic overlay district, residential)
  • The Christensen Residence, owned by Matt and Kara Christensen (Award of Merit for outside of historic overlay district, residential)
  • The Hannah Residence, owned by Alex Gregg (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, residential)
  • 1254 Adams Street, owned by Chris and Melanie Barnes (Award of Merit for historic overlay district, residential)
  • Monica Bright’s New Home, owned by the Hard Bargain Association (Award of Merit and Non-Profit Special Award for historic overlay district, residential)
  • The Nolensville School, owned by Nolensville Historical Society (Award of Merit for outside of the historic overlay district, commercial)

For the second year in a row, Dan Brown, a certified local government coordinator with the Tennessee Historical Commission, judged the 2014 competition. To learn more about the annual meeting and its highlights, go to www.historicfranklin.com.

Since 1968, 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.

 


Preservation & People Report: Mel & Cheryl Thompson

harris-mcewen-houseThe ca. 1830 Harris-McEwen House was home to Franklin’s Civil War-era Mayor John McEwen, who helplessly surrendered the town to the Union Army in 1862. The first part of the home was built in 1830 by Kerry Harris—a one story home facing Fifth Avenue. In 1849-1850 John McEwen purchased the home and added a large addition. Here’s the story of how one local couple took the home back to its original structure…

It was during the Heritage Foundation’s 2009 Town & Country Tour of Homes that Mel Thompson overheard someone say that the historic McEwen home had been confiscated by the bank, and was for sale.

Now, just five years later, Mel and Cheryl Thompson own that same home–the one named the 2014 Overall Winner (Residential) in the Foundation’s annual Preservation Awards banquet on May, 2014.

The Harris-McEwen House, which serves as a monument to preservation in the context of residential restoration, is also one of the highlights of the 39th Annual Town & Country Tour of Homes, June 7-8.

“My wife and I had always admired the home, so as soon as I heard there was a possibility it was for sale I looked into it right away!” Thompson said. “I did some research, got in contact with the bank and a week later we bought the house.”

The couple immediately began renovating the bones of the structure, restoring it to its former glory. The process was a labor of love: it took over three years to complete, with the Thompsons taking it back to its original structure.

Mel says the home’s heritage became a hobby for the couple, as he began researching the historical architecture. He became fascinated with the process, and was adamant about terminating the additions that had been added to the house after 1867, and restoring rooms to their originals sizes and functions. He also paid close attention to detail in order to maintain the beautiful slate roof, as well as duplicate the original trim, molding and flooring of the building.

Dan Brown, a certified local government coordinator with the Tennessee Historical Commission who judged the 2014 Preservation Awards, gushed about the Thompsons work on the home

“This is a truly outstanding project,” he said at the awards ceremony. “On par with preservation work seen in Charleston and New Orleans. It’s exceptional.”

But paying homage to the past doesn’t stop at the door: the home also nods to its lineage through its exquisite interior décor. The Thompsons say nearly 90 percent of its furnishings are antiques, ranging from the 1780’s up to the early 1900’s.

Mel notes the light fixtures, which originated in the late 1800’s, to the design of the drapes in the living room and the upholstered fabric covering the furniture—all have a back-story. Even the rugs date back to the 1800’s.

When asked about one of his favorite features, Mel references the ceiling. During an 1867 renovation, an Italian artist was commissioned to paint it with medallions—a feature which today remain in tact, and will be a highlight for those guests on the Tour of Homes.

As for their participation in the annual fundraiser, Mel says he’s looking forward to being a stop on the circuit.

“We are excited to be able to share a part of Franklin’s past with the community,” he said.

To read about Mel Thompson and his Towne Creek Realty business in our “Faces of Franklin” series here.


Early 1900s House on Carter’s Hill Park Saved: But Why?

Blue House -2The Heritage Foundation is going the extra mile to preserve another historic home–and we mean this quite literally.

You may have seen it in the news: the Foundation has partnered with like-minded organizations in the community to save the “Blue House,” often called the “Cotton Gin House” as part of a major battlefield reclamation project. This historic home, which was moved to the Cleburne Street site in the 1920s, is being slowly transported in two sections more than 40 miles from downtown Franklin to Giles County, where new homeowners Sharon and John McNeely will renovate it. The land for the seven-acre Carter’s Hill Park will be completely cleared by November 30, the 150th anniversary of the battle.

The simple post-Civil War house, which sits on the site of the Carter Cotton Gin that played such a pivotal role in the Battle of Franklin, includes all of the original trim, fireplaces, beaded board paneling and an incredible central staircase, along with several original windows and doors–but that’s just one reason why it should be preserved.

To help you better understand its historical significance, and why we have put so much effort into preserving the structure, we put together a little timeline (which we gleaned from Historian Rick Warwick) here:

  • The Blue House is a veteran of moves and movers.It’s ownership dates back to a Mrs. Sykes, who owned the home during the Civil War when it stood on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Fowlkes Street.
  • After the war, it was sold to Samuel Mosley, who added on to the front of the house, nearly doubling its size.
  • The city of Franklin bought the house and the property from Mr. Mosley to build Franklin High School in its place, which later burned down in 1956. Mrs. Robbie Hunter bought the house from the city and had it moved to 109 Cleburne Street before the city had a chance to tear it down.
  • The lot at 109 Cleburne Street also has a unique history.Long before the Blue House stood there, the lot housed the Carter Cotton Gin. During the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin, soldiers wrote about seeing the cotton gin in the midst of the fighting, noting it was a sort of epicenter for the battle.
  • The city later built the original Battle Ground Academy High School on the lot where the cotton gin once stood. The school burned down in 1902, and the lot sat empty until the arrival of the Blue House in either 1925 or 1926.
  • Now the Blue House is in the midst of another move, this time to Giles County. With the front part of the Blue House gone, Mr. Mosley’s addition is noticeable by the presence of Civil War era, handmade nails holding the walls together. The front of the house contains newer nails.
  • The third move was prompted by plans to build a park on the site where the Battle of Franklin broke out on November 30, 1864. The park will be called Carter’s Hill Park after the Carter family who owned the property at the time.

Follow along with the Heritage Foundation on its Facebook page to see updates of the park’s development, and of the “Blue House.”


Cannons on the Square Campaign

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Today, there are four Civil War era cannon tubes displayed on Franklin’s Public Square.  These original Civil War cannons are mounted on unattractive, inappropriate concrete pedestals that do not do justice to these historic artifacts or add to the aesthetics or character of the best small town in Tennessee.

Volunteers from several Franklin preservation groups have formed a committee with the mission to purchase carriages and mount the four Civil War era guns on the Franklin Square by November 30, 2014: the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin. They have studied various options and determined that the cost to buy and install four National Park-quality reproduction No. 1 Field Carriages is approximately $60,000.

The plan is to apply for grants from the Tennessee Historic Commission, the City of Franklin, and other organizations.  The Committee will still need to raise a substantial portion of the $60,000 from private donors. Save The Franklin Battlefield, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has offered to receive and hold the donated funds as the project progresses.

These city-owned cannon tubes are original bronze Federal Model 1841 6-Pounder Field Guns, cast in Massachusetts between 1847 and 1861. Two were cast in Springfield by N. P. Ames Founder in 1847; one in Chicopee by Ames Company in 1853; and one in Boston by Cyrus Alger & Company in 1861.

Your generous contribution will ensure these historic guns are protected and mounted appropriately as an honor to those brave soldiers who served during the Civil War. They will also serve as a visible and lasting reminder to future generations of the great struggle that is an important part of our American heritage.

Members of the CANNONS ON THE SQUARE CAMPAIGN committee are: Pam Lewis, Sam Huffman, Dr. Sam Gant, Alderman Mike Skinner and Colonel (Ret) Sam Whitson. For more information or questions, visit the STFB web site at: www.franklin-stfb.org or call 615.500.6612.

Send your contributions by May 30, 2014 to:

STFB: CANNONS ON THE SQUARE CAMPAIGN

P.O. BOX 851

FRANKLIN, TN 37065-0851

 


Lehews Donate $1 Million to Old, Old Jail Initiative

Calvin Lehew speaks to Youth Leadership Franklin at the Franklin Theatre about his preservation work
Calvin Lehew speaks to Youth Leadership Franklin at the Franklin Theatre about his preservation work, prior to announcing his donation

The effort to restore the Old, Old Jail as the Big House for Historic Preservation in Franklin, Tenn., took a big step forward today when local businessman and entrepreneur Calvin Lehew and his wife, Marilyn, announced a $1 million donation to the project.

The donation is the lead gift in the effort to convert the abandoned c. 1941 former Williamson County jail building into a hub for all things preservation and the headquarters for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson Co.  The total restoration budget is $2.59 million.

The announcement was made at the Franklin Theatre as part of Heritage Day for Youth Leadership Franklin.  The twenty high school sophomores and juniors participating in the leadership development program received a close-up look at the inner workings of historic preservation. Each was also given a copy of Lehew’s inspirational book on overcoming adversity, flying high.

“We at the Heritage Foundation are ‘blown away’ by the Lehew’s generosity and commitment to this project,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson Co.  “The Lehews have proven themselves to be visionaries and pioneers in both historic preservation and tourism, and much of what we love about historic downtown Franklin is due to their efforts.  It is an honor to have them as members of the Heritage Foundation, and we are grateful beyond words for this extraordinary gift.”

Calvin and Marilyn Lehew began their tourism development efforts more than four decades ago with their Carter’s Court development on Columbia Pike in 1973.  The shopping and restaurant complex across the street from the Carter House put Franklin on the tourism map and went on to become the seventh most-visited attraction in Tennessee.  Next they purchased seven buildings on Main Street in historic Franklin with a goal of revitalizing the downtown district.  Lehew played a leading role in garnering political support and funding for the Streetscape project along Main Street in Franklin in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which resulted in Franklin earning a Great American Main Street award in 1995.

Lehew’s most recent project was the rehabilitation of the 1929 buildings that once housed Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company into The Factory at Franklin.  Over a period of years he transformed it into a vibrant shopping, entertainment, artistic, and event complex, selling it in 2012.

“The Old, Old Jail project is one that Marilyn and I support because it both preserves a historic building that deserves a second chance and provides the Heritage Foundation with a great headquarters space,” said Lehew.  “It is located in the corner of town that I would be interested in developing if I were still in the business.  This is the next place in Franklin for redevelopment and the restoration of that building will be a welcome addition to that part of downtown.”

Also announced today was a pledge from the Heritage Foundation’s under-40 membership group, Next Gen, for $100,000 over five years to fund the glass-enclosed addition on the second floor overlooking the green space and eventual bicentennial park behind the building.

“As the next generation of the Heritage Foundation we’re honored to have the opportunity to leave a legacy and support a project that will benefit future generations of residents of Williamson County,” said Sean Carroll, president of the Next Gen. “Our last project, funding the marquee at the restored Franklin Theatre, was a five year project that we were able to pay off in four years.   Given the passion and dedication of our volunteers and members we’re confident that we’ll be able to pay off this pledge in less than five years, too.  It’s a privilege to be able to play such an important role in preserving the history of this amazing community.”

“The Lehews’ generous leadership gift reflects their ability to see into a very bright future and means that their vision has touched all the quadrants of downtown Franklin,” said Cyril Stewart, president of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.  “This gift, plus the commitment of the Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation, enables us to move from planning to construction to realize this transformational project.”

The Old, Old Jail, located at 112 Bridge Street in downtown Franklin, served as Williamson County’s second jail, from 1941 to 1973.  Abandoned in 2003, the building was purchased from the City of Franklin in 2013, when plans began to restore the building into a center for historic preservation in Williamson County.  Rock City Construction is the general contractor for the project, and Street Dixon Rick Architecture, PLC, is the architect.

 


Mike Wolfe Advocates For Old, Old Jail in HISTORY Channel Piece

HISTORY viewers across the country may have gotten an earful about a project making waves in the Williamson County community: a public service announcement-like clip launched on the channel earlier this month features “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe extolling the praises of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, and its initiative to restore one of the county’s historic properties.

Known as the “Old, Old Jail,” the non-profit organization purchased the ca. 1941 downtown Franklin building last year with hopes to restore the structure to serve as their permanent headquarters, and as a public resource for those interested in historic preservation.

The HISTORY television advertisement appears during the commercials breaks of the “American Pickers” seventh season, which airs each Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. CST.

“I was excited to have the opportunity to be part of the HISTORY channel video because I am a resident of Franklin and I know how important history is to our community,” Wolfe said. “It’s important for all community citizens, including young people, to become involved in saving community treasures. I am blessed to have an audience to take this message to.

“It is important to not just live in your community—each of us needs to be a part of it, too.”

This year, the Heritage Foundation plans to launch a fundraising campaign to raise the approximately $2 million it will take to rehabilitate the future “Big House for Historic Preservation.” Executive Director Mary Pearce says she hopes that these national HISTORY segments about the project will act as a catalyst for donors.

“We see the ‘Big House for Historic Preservation’ as a community resource, and a inspiration for all interested in saving the places that matter in Williamson County,” Pearce said. “We’d like to begin the restoration project as soon as funds are raised, and hope that this HISTORY piece will jumpstart that movement.”

Pearce says Wolfe, a Leiper’s Fork resident, approached her to participate in the HISTORY advertisement for the Old, Old Jail, which was donated by Liberty Mutual. The television star is a longtime supporter of the Foundation, and is an advocate for historic preservation.

The channel traveled to Historic Downtown Franklin in Fall 2013 to film the piece. Hundreds of local volunteers turned out to serve as extras for filming at Harlinsdale Farm, the Franklin Theatre and at the Old, Old Jail.

“We are grateful to Mike Wolfe for making a difference in this community, and using his voice and influence to help preserve our history,” Pearce said. “This kind of exposure is immeasurable.”

The two-minute PSA can be viewed on the Foundation’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/HistoricFranklinTN.

Though it’s an opportunity for the non-profit to restore yet another neglected iconic building in Franklin—this is the same organization that saved the Franklin Theatre and has moved the wrecking ball from countless historic homes—the “Big House for Historic Preservation” will also feature vast archives.

Historian Rick Warwick has collected thousands of old photographs and documents, and helped hundreds of people learn more about their family and property histories over the years. These same resources help home and building owners with everything from National Register of Historic Places nominations to Franklin’s Main Street program.

A meeting room will be available for non-profit and community use on the upper floor. Other resources for those involved in history, preservation and planning will be available to the public.

Since 1968, 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.


CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke Appearing at the Franklin Theatre March 7

ChadCNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke, elected by CNN viewers for cleaning 7 million tons of trash out of the Mississippi River, is kicking off Keep Tennessee Beautiful month with a public event at the Franklin Theatre March 7. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be among those participating in the morning event on Franklin’s Main Street.

The public is invited to the breakfast event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Franklin Theatre for $10 per person.  Tickets are on sale now at www.franklintheatre.com for the March 7 event. His appearance is sponsored by Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and supported by several additional community groups interested in making the Harpeth River more of a community asset.

“Chad is proof that one person can make a difference. His passion and dedication have motivated countless others, including myself, to get involved. TDOT was proud to join him for the massive clean-up effort on the Mississippi River,” said John Schroer, honorary chairman of the event, former Mayor of Franklin and Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. “He is truly a hero, and we thank him for helping us bring positive change to communities across Tennessee.”

Keep Tennessee Beautiful is the primary sponsor of Pregracke’s appearance. March is “Keep Tennessee Beautiful” month and this event will help kick it off, according to KTNB Executive Director Missy Marshall.

“Keep Tennessee Beautiful is looking forward to bringing this international hero to the Franklin Theatre,” Marshall said. “His success can be applied to every other waterway in Tennessee, and we invite anyone interested to come to this presentation and be motivated to join the cause.”

Pregracke received the CNN honor for generating more than 700 clean-up days along the Mississippi River through his nonprofit organization known as Living Lands and Waters. He’s organized more than 70,000 volunteers to pick up 7 million tons of trash, 90% of which has been recycled.

In December 2013, he was nominated and awarded Hero of the Year by CNN viewers over a five-week voting process, but immediately took some of his $250,000 in winnings and dispersed $10,000 each to the other nine finalists for the award. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said that had never happened in the history of the Hero of the Year Award.

Tickets to the event include a light breakfast with doors opening at 7 a.m., and the program is expected to last from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Waste Management is underwriting the complementary breakfast served in the theater lobby and several local organizations, including Franklin Tomorrow, Keep Williamson Beautiful and the Harpeth River Watershed Association, will be in the lobby with information about their efforts and opportunities to get involved.

To purchase tickets to the event, go to www.franklintheatre.com.


Important Preservation Legislation: Act Today!

The Tennessee Preservation Trust has filed legislation that, if enacted, would make Tennessee the 36th state in the nation to have a historic preservation tax credit.
Thirty-five states – including all of the states contiguous to Tennessee – have enacted historic rehabilitation tax credits to encourage investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings.

Because Tennessee does not have a historic rehabilitation tax credit, it is missing out on valuable, impactful, job-creating private capital investment that would preserve historic buildings throughout our state.

For the legislation to have a chance of success, lawmakers need to hear of your strong support today!

How You Can Make Your Preservation Voice Heard:

1. Today, please contact your state representative and state senator to urge them to become a cosponsor of this important legislation.

2. Please use this site to find your state representative and state senator: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

3. Please call your state representative to urge him or her to become a cosponsor of House Bill 1474.

4. Please call your state senator to urge him or her to become a cosponsor of Senate Bill 1723.

5. Please tell your legislators that this legislation is needed to make Tennessee the 36th state in the nation to enact a historic rehabilitation tax credit and that it will create jobs, drive economic development, and revitalize main streets and downtowns throughout the state.

6. If you know your state legislator personally, when you see them, urge their strong support for this legislation.


Williamson Source Tours McLemore House

As the country honors Black History Month, Tom Murdic of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County got together with Williamson Source‘s Nick Paranjape to talk about the “Black Tie Affair” benefit this Friday, Feb. 7.

Plus, the pair discusses the historic McLemore House off 11th Avenue North in downtown Franklin–a destination full of historic treasures and artifacts. For a tour of the McLemore House,  click HERE.