Historic Preservation Exhibit on Display at the Old, Old Jail in Franklin, TN

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This new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 will open at 112 Bridge Street on Tuesday, February 7th from 3-6pm and will be open to the public again on Tuesday, February 21st from 3-6pm. The exhibition is the work of the Albert Gore Research Center in cooperation with the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) public history program graduate students and faculty to curate a travelling exhibit celebrating the passing of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act.

The passage of this act launched a national interest in saving America’s historic places for future generations.   It also raised interest in historic preservation nationwide and state and local groups with a mission to save historic places were formed. Here in Franklin, local citizens responded by forming the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County in 1967.

This exhibit features the preservation of Carnton Plantation, the founding of the Heritage Foundation and the preservation of the Old, Old Jail and is free to the public.

For the past year, the Albert Gore Research Center has been working with MTSU’s public history program graduate students and faculty to curate a travelling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966. The exhibit The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: Commemorating 50 years of Preserving Tennessee’s Cultural Heritage consists of five panels that focus on the national, state, regional, and local impact of the NHPA and preservation efforts since the passing of the act.

Mary Pearce, Heritage Foundation Executive Director, states “We’re proud that the Old, Old Jail has been selected as a location to feature this exhibit which was just at the Brownsville Heritage Center. The timing is perfect to celebrate the passing of the NHPA as we begin the 50th year of the Heritage Foundation’s efforts to preserve our historic places and culture.”

 

Support for this exhibit was made possible by the Albert Gore Research Center, Humanities Tennessee, Center for Historic Preservation and MTSU Public History. For more information or to schedule a special group tour, contact Linda Childs at 615-591-8500, ext. 116.

 


2017 Annual Preservation Awards

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is now accepting nominations for its 49th Annual Preservation Awards, which serve to celebrate outstanding historic preservation projects in Franklin and Williamson County.

The award categories recognize the vision of those who help the Foundation protect and preserve historic structures.  They include both residential and commercial rehabilitation’s, as well as new construction projects that complement the historic character of the community.

Winners are announced each May at the non-profit’s yearly member meeting, which falls during National Historic Preservation Month. The 2016 award was suspended in order to celebrate the completion and opening of the Old, Old Jail which was restored by the Heritage Foundation for its headquarters. President Julian Bibb, said “last year the board was excited to celebrate this exciting adaptive reuse which is a forever home for the Heritage Foundation”.

The 2015 honorees included infill projects, historic residential, historic commercial, and community enhancement with the overall winner being the 5 Points Post Office rehabilitated by Firstbank.

Properties may be nominated by outside parties, or submitted by owners.  To receive an application, contact Linda Childs at the Heritage Foundation:

615-591-8500 ext. 116 or lchilds@historicfranklin.com

The application can be downloaded here: 2017 Preservation Awards Application.

The deadline to apply is April 7, 2017.

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2015 Winner- FirstBank inside the 5 Points Post Office

 

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is a non-profit 501©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. For more information, visit www.historicfranklin.com.


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“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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Downtown Franklin to Be Transformed for 31st Annual Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

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Step back in time with the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County when Dickens of a Christmas returns to Franklin’s Main Street December 12-13, 2015.

Sponsored this year by Nissan, the 31st annual free street festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop.  Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories.  Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

“Dickens of a Christmas is the perfect event for our historic Main Street,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.  “Downtown Franklin always exudes its own special magic, and yet this event adds an extra bit of sparkle.  It dovetails perfectly with our preserved Victorian architecture and our commitment to saving and showcasing our historical treasures. As more attention is turned toward downtown Franklin in both the local and national press, we encourage festival goers to dress in Victorian costume and to add to the ambiance as they stroll the streets.  Adding even a hat and scarf to modern attire helps set the scene and get everyone in the holiday mood.”

This year’s event will reprise a crowd favorite from last year: it WILL snow at Dickens of a Christmas!  Come decked out in holiday style to capture that perfect family picture.

New this year will be the Lucky Scruff Wintery Whisker Revue, a competition among hirsute gentlemen for the finest facial hair.  Those taking advantage of No Shave November will want to hang on to their whiskers until the Sunday afternoon competition on the stage at the Public Square. Winners will take home fabulous prizes courtesy of Lucky Scruff, a new store at The Factory specializing in accessories for the bearded gentleman, and all entrants will receive gift cards. The judging will take place at 3pm. To enter this contest, visit the Dickens event page at HistoricFranklin.com.

Favorite Victorian-era activities will return, including sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street. Other food vendors will offer heartier old English fare.  A variety of musical and dance performances will take place both on the street and on the stage at City Hall.  Horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo for children, live artisan demonstrations, and more than 70 vendors offering holiday arts and crafts will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues.  Each day will conclude with a town sing of classic Christmas carols.  Saturday’s town sing will take place in front of the stage on the Public Square; Sunday’s town sing will be conducted inside the Historic Presbyterian Church at Five Points.

Dickens of a Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, and from 1 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 13.  The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee.  More information and a schedule of events will be available at www.historicfranklin.com.

Producing Dickens of a Christmas 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.


Pumpkinfest 2015: Don’t Miss The Costume Contests!

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The highlight of Franklin’s fall season is just around the corner and it’s time for both people and pets to dust off their Halloween best.

One of Pumpkinfest’s favorite traditions, the costume contests for both humans and pets, will be held on the Heritage Stage on the Public Square beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Contests will be held in the following categories: Ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-11, and 12+. There is also a category for groups. Pumpkinfest sponsor HomeTown Pet will be sponsoring the pet costume contest.

Signups for humans will be next to the Heritage Stage on the Public Square from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with a $2 entry fee. Signups for the HomeTown Pet Costume Contest will be at the HomeTown Pet booth, #26, on the Public Square, with no entry fee. All entrants must be signed up by 1:30 p.m.

Prizes for people will be provided by Vintage Baby, For Every Child, and Sweet CeCe’s. HomeTown Pet will be providing prizes for the pet costume contest.

For more information on the costume contests and Pumpkinfest, go here.


Pumpkinfest (2015) Offers More Entertainment Options

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Each October, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County organizes an event that draws tens of thousands of people to Historic Downtown Franklin’s core for a full day of fun that ranges for a variety of ages.

The 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest, a fall tradition to many Middle Tennesseans, is returning Saturday, Oct. 24 and promises more entertainment options than ever.

Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs, the activities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues, making sure that festival-goers have a constant source of entertainment at each turn — like the circus performance group Beyond Wings, who will showcase Halloween-themed aerial arts on the corner of Second Avenue and Main.

In addition to the one at The Public Square, Pumpkinfest has added an extra stage to host a fuller lineup of music and dance performances that ranges from Anthony Adams and the Night Owls to Rocky Top Revue and the Franklin School of Performing Arts.

Coordinators say the highlight of the day will be The ConSoulers, who will take the Guitar Center stage on the corner of First Avenue and Main at 4 p.m. The band will close out Pumpkinfest with a two-hour street dance that organizers are particularly excited about.

Families entertaining children should head to the Church of the City Kids’ Zone at Third Avenue South, where a full block will be transformed to host free activities including bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and more. There’s even a dedicate preschool area for the little ones.

For more information about the 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest event details and attractions, go to www.historicfranklin.com/events or see the stage schedule below:

Heritage Stage at Public Square Stage
10:00-10:30 a.m | Columbia State
10:45-11:15 a.m | Franklin School of Performing Arts .
11:25-11:55 a.m. | Williamson County Parks & Rec
12:05-12:35 p.m. | Ann Carroll School of Dance
12:45- 1:30 p.m. | Music City All Stars
1:45-3:15 p.m. | Costume Contests
3:25-4:10 p.m. | Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue
4:20- 5:00 p.m. | Grasstime
5:15-6:00 p.m. | James Hatem

Guitar Center Stage at 1st and Main
10:05-10:35 a.m. | Church of The City Band
10:50-11:20 a.m. | Kristin Larkin
11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Oxford Fall
12:30- 1:05 p.m. | Anthony Michael
1:15-1:45 p.m. | Bito Mann
2:00-2:40 p.m. | Daphne and the Mystery Machines
3:00-3:45 p.m. | Anthony Adams and the Night Owls
4:00-6:00 p.m. | The ConSoulers

In addition to Pumpkinfest, the Heritage Foundation–in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association–produces seven event series and festivals each year to attract visitors to downtown Franklin, and to promote the benefits of historic preservation.


32nd Annual Pumpkinfest Features Old Favorites, Traditions

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Franklin’s favorite fall celebration is returning to Main Street Saturday, Oct. 24, with an all-day celebration that brings free and festive fun for a variety of ages and groups.

The 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest, held in the community’s historic core, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Franklin each year. Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs and coordinated by the Heritage Foundation, the festivities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

“Thanks to Hyundai of Cool Springs and our other generous sponsors, we’re able to bring back old favorites and offer some new, exciting attractions too,” said Rene Evans, Pumpkinfest manager. “Our festival partnership with Hyundai aligned perfectly–both Pumpkinfest and the dealership have a mission to be family friendly, and serve the community’s best interests.”

In addition to the dozens of artisan vendors and two stages of live entertainment, attendees can expect to enjoy some of the festival’s favorite traditions for the 2015 event – including a costume contest sponsored by HomeTown Pet, the Church of the City’s Kids’ Zone and the Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off. Plus, The Great Pumpkin will again be making an appearance after a long journey from Carleton Place, Canada (Franklin’s Sister City).

Other activities and details in this year’s Pumpkinfest schedule include:

· Third Avenue South will be transformed with bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, games, a dedicated preschool area and much more for the Church of the City Kids’ Zone from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

· Two stages will feature full lineups of music and dance performances. In addition to the stage on the Public Square, a second stage will be located on Main Street at First Avenue, near Landmark Booksellers. The highlight of the afternoon is anticipated to be The ConSoulers, who will take the First Avenue stage at 4 p.m. for a two-hour street dance.

· Costume contests, sponsored by HomeTown Pet, will be held on the stage at the Public Square for both humans and pets.

· Nashville-based circus group Beyond Wings will perform Halloween-themed aerial arts on the corner of Second Avenue and Main.

· More than 80 independent artisan booths with handmade wares will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenue.

· Festival fare like corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried catfish and chicken tenders will join fresh offerings in two dedicated food zones: around the Public Square and on Fourth Avenue South.

· A beer tent will be located near the stage on First Avenue.

· The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off will take place on Third Avenue North. For more information, go to www.franklintomorrow.org.

· After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with first-person stories of some of the folks buried there. For more information, go to www.franklinonfoot.com.

In addition to parking in and around the downtown area, a parking and shuttle service for Pumpkinfest attendees will be available from Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way.

In addition to Pumpkinfest, the Heritage Foundation–in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association–produces seven event series and festivals each year to attract visitors to downtown Franklin, and to promote the benefits of historic preservation.

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. For more information, call (615) 591-8500.

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42nd Annual Heritage Ball Offers Nonstop Action, Farm-to-Fork Bites

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Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event is rapidly approaching, and organizers from the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County are making final preparations for the nearly sold-out 42nd Annual Heritage Ball on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin.

The estimated 700 attending guests will be treated to an impressive silent auction, cocktail hour, non-stop entertainment and a farm-to-fork dinner at the themed “Rhapsody in Blue” Ball.

“There are so many incredible components to this year’s event, and we’ve got some surprises in store, too,” said Lynne McAlister, Heritage Ball coordinator. “More than 650 people have bought tickets, so we’re nearly sold out. We encourage anyone planning to attend to purchase tickets now, before it’s too late – you won’t be able to wait after reading over the menu.”

The seated supper, provided by Harvest at Homestead Manor – also the presenting sponsor of the 2015 benefit – will focus on fresh delights, with many of the ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s on-site, organic farm. The dinner will be preceded by passed appetizers, which include fresh figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto panini with fresh pear, cambozola cheese, arugula and prosciutto; and herb-whipped cream cheese with smoked salmon, caviar and chives on red endive.

The multi-course menu will include an assorted artisan bread basket with herb-whipped butter; a superfood salad with freshly picked vegetables and fruits from Homestead Manor’s farm; and locally sourced osso bucco atop corn brulee with swiss chard, a red wine reduction and micro greens.

Prior to dinner, during the cocktail hour, guests will be treated to the piano musings of Claire Cope. Following, Williamson County’s
​5​ Points Swing Band will serenade guests with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra.

Attendees will also enjoy a themed “Blue Note” cocktail during the hour created especially for the Ball by GRAY’S on Main.

After dinner, Al Paris & The Heartbreakers will get the crowd moving with on-stage charisma that shines in front of a live audience. After a decade touring globally as a member of Kool & The Gang, Al’s “renaissance man” career has lead him to work with high-profile artists and talented performers and studio musicians – many of which he has recruited into The Heartbreakers.

“The band and I can’t wait to get back to Franklin again, and we need a big crowd so the Heritage Foundation can preserve the Old, Old Jail,” said Paris. “We promise to leave it all on stage for you – you’ll have the night of your life – just be there for Heritage Ball and make sure you’ve got your dancin’ shoes on!”

For late-night bites, Puckett’s Trolley will be on hand to provide treats such as chicken and waffles and pulled pork cobblers.

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

This 2015 Heritage Ball 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. All proceeds from the gala will be donated to the initiative.

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.

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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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Foundation Offers Public An Early Chance To Win 2015 Ball Auction Items, Impressive Spread

Generations of Williamson County residents have made a tradition of supporting the Heritage Ball, the black-tie event to be held September 19th that benefits the Heritage Foundation. This year the nonprofit’s patrons will have several once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, thanks to its 2015 silent auction offerings.

For the first time ever, the Foundation is opening online bids two weeks in advance: on Friday, Sept. 4, the public can take part in an impressive selection of items that range from estate jewels and custom clothing to extravagant getaways.

“We are both thrilled and thankful for our sponsors and volunteers who helped create one of the best silent auction spreads I have ever seen,” said Lynne McAlister, Heritage Ball coordinator. “These items range in value: you can visit a favorite restaurant or merchant, enjoy a weekend excursion, purchase a beautiful piece of art for yourself or as a gift…. there’s something for everyone this year.

“Plus each donation will play a helpful role in helping our organization not only preserve historical landmarks that may otherwise be destroyed, but also creating the Big House for Historic Preservation.”

Highlighted items include two commissioned paintings by world-renowned figurative artist Maestro Igor Babailov, who is currently completing the official portrait of Pope Francis; a luxurious Audi experience with a two-night stay in Sonoma, Calif.; two-day passes to the upcoming Pilgrimage Festival; a selection of breathtaking jewels from local jewelers; a six-night vacation in Mexico; gift cards from local merchants and restaurants; and more more.

Individuals can register to bid through the Foundation’s website here.

Last year, the silent auction proceeds raked in nearly $60,000 for the Foundation’s mission to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Williamson County.

This year’s monies will specifically benefit the renovation of the ca. 1941 Old, Old Jail–also known as the future Big House for Historic Preservation, a public resource for historic preservation and the first permanent home for the Heritage Foundation.

The 42nd Annual Heritage Ball will be held September 19th at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Tickets are $375 per person, and tables are available. To learn more or reserve a ticket, go here or email Lynne McAlister at lmcalister@historicfranklin.com.