The Next Generation Heritage Foundation is heading up efforts to rebuild a bit of Franklin history. In conjunction with the Dry Stone Conservancy (DSC), Next Gen will be hosting a workshop to both educate aspiring stonemasons and rehabilitate the walls of Rest Haven cemetery in the process.
This two-day workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, and will focus on the crumbling stone wall façade on Fourth Avenue North. Workshop participants will learn the basics of dry stone masonry, an architectural feature that is a hallmark of Tennessee and Kentucky.
In addition to the hands-on workshop, Next Gen and the Dry Stone Conservancy will be hosting a presentation on the history of dry stone walls and their importance to the area. This free presentation will be held Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin City Hall boardroom, and is open to the public. The featured speaker will be Neil Rippingale, Master Craftsman with DSC.
“It’s not often that we literally get to lay the foundation for historic preservation in our community, and to make an impact that will benefit future generations here in Franklin,” says Next Gen president Sean Carroll. “Rest Haven is the final resting spot for such notable Franklinites as Tod Carter, so we are honored to help restore this hallowed ground.”
Rest Haven has been the site of previous restoration work, most recently in 2007 when the Heritage Foundation and DSC partnered on a similar rehabilitation project. Since then, the City of Franklin Parks Department has assumed responsibility for the upkeep of Rest Haven, and is proudly partnering with Next Gen on this project.
Registration for this two-day course is $300 per participant, and includes all tools and materials. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation (NGHF) is comprised of members 21 to 40, and supports the larger mission of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County: To help protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.
Since its inception in 2006, Next Gen has hosted “Historic Socials” at local historic homes, hosted the last event held in the historic Franklin Theatre, chaired homes during Historic Franklin’s 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) fund-raising event,Three Blind Vines, where all proceeds benefit the long-term sustainability of the Franklin Theatre.
For more information, contact the Heritage Foundation at 615-591-8500.