Old Old Jail

Old Old Jail
The Old, Old Jail is a building at 112 Bridge Street in downtown Franklin that served as Williamson County’s third jail from 1941 until 1970.  From the 1970s on it was used at various times as a highway patrol outpost, an employment office, the County archives, and book storage for the school system. It fell into disrepair and has been vacant since 2008.

The Heritage Foundation purchased the building in 2013 and initiated plans to restore it and convert it into the Big House for Historic Preservation: a public resource for historic preservation, and the first permanent home for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.

Old, Old JailWhen finished, the building will:

  • Give the Heritage Foundation its first permanent home.
  • Have saved and restored a piece of Franklin’s history.
  • Serve as a resource for the community, a place where anyone with a need for or an interest in historic preservation is welcome
  • Help spark the revitalization of the Bridge Street district.
  • House Heritage Foundation historian Rick Warwick’s vast collection of historic photographs, some 12,000 in all.
  • Make meeting space available to non-profit and community groups.
  • Serve as a local, regional and national resource for others interested in learning how to implement historic preservation in their community.
  • Join the Franklin Theatre in the collection of Heritage Foundation properties that have been given new life.

UPDATE: This project is now complete but we are still raising funds to pay off this $2.7 million project! 

How can you help?

  • Become a member of the Key Club! With your donation of $1000 (or more) you will receive your name on a Donor Plaque that will be installed at the Old, Old Jail AND a brass replica of the jail key (pictured here). Your contribution can be made over a period of two years. For more information call: 615-591-8500 or come visit us at 134 2nd Avenue North.
  • Buy a “Save The Old, Old Jail” pendant necklace for $25, and wear it proudly so that people know what’s happening over there on Bridge Street! Pick one up at 134 2nd Avenue North.
  • For more information on the Old, Old Jail project, or to make an additional contribution, contact Mary Pearce at mpearce@historicfranklin.com, or call 615-591-8500, ext. 15.