Next Gen

The mission of the Heritage Foundation is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the revitalization of Downtown Franklin. The Next Generation (Next Gen) are the future faces of preservation, comprised of members ages 21 to 40.

Whether you grew up in Franklin, recently moved here–or just love the area–chances are, we appreciate Franklin for the same reasons. We invite you to join us in helping protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

This bustling historic district didn’t just happen; it took a community. And now, it’s time for the “Next Generation” to get involved not only for today, but for the generations that will come tomorrow. If you’re interested in joining, click here.

To keep up with their updates, “like” them on Facebook here and follow them on Instagram and/or Twitter.

What They Do

2014 Three Blind Vines, Next Gen

Since its inception in 2006, Next Gen has hosted socials at local historic homes, helped chair the Foundation’s annual Tour of Homes, published two cookbooks–A Taste of Historic Franklin and A Taste of Historic Franklin Vol. II–and held an annual (and wildly popular) fundraising event, Three Blind Vines, where past proceeds have benefited the long-term sustainability of the Franklin Theatre. Three Blind Vines is now benefiting The Big House for Historic Preservation.

Learn more about the 10th Annual Three Blind Vines scheduled for February 18, 2017 by visiting

Membership Mixers

Next Gen hosts a monthly “Membership Mixer” on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The location rotates among various downtown Franklin venues. Whether you’re a current member, interested in becoming a member or just want to network with other young preservationists in the area, Next Gen invites you to come out and visit! Contact them for more information about mixers or membership:


Next Gen is different from many other organizations when it comes to its volunteer philosophy. The board knows that volunteering is a personal decision, and to give of your own personal time to help our community and our mission is appreciated, but not demanded.

We let you decide when you want to plug in and volunteer; there is not a quota of hours to commit. This has created a contagious culture of passionate preservationist volunteers who want to be there volunteering, networking, and having fun with friends in the community. You get out what you put in; it’s that easy. For volunteer opportunities, click here.


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Next Generation Heritage Foundation Board 2014-15

2014-2015 Officers

The Next Gen has a Board of Directors that reports to the Heritage Foundation Board of Directors.

President: Jacob Thorington
Vice President: Jimmy Moody
VP Membership: David Creed
VP of PR/Media: Emily Carroll
VP of Events: Carmen Boone
VP of Preservation:Jay Alexander
Treasurer: Taylor Irwin
Secretary: Adrienne Creed

Board Members:
Reid Anderson
Katie McLarty
Kristan Swain
Michael Grier
Garett Pair
LeeAnn Moody
John Berry
Michael Smith
Kristen Corn