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One hundred fifty-five years ago, Dec. 17, 1864, an overlooked yet tragic day in Williamson County passed into history, mostly obscured by other events of the time. When the remnants of Confederate General John Hood’s Army of Tennessee headed south after their defeat at Nashville on Dec. 15t…

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Franklin’s Charge will host a powerful and uplifting ceremony on Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. to unveil a monument to the enslaved at the McGavock Cemetery at Historic Carnton. The entire community is welcome to attend the unveiling.

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By MATT MASTERS The Montgomery Gospel Trio were met with an audience of about 100 people at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival who heard the three women songs and stories about the groups origin and impact on the American Civil Rights Movement. The trio includes members Jamila Jones, Minnie Harris and Najuma Mulefu — …

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STAFF REPORTS Wash 37135 is offering their premium car wash service for half price on Sunday with all proceeds to benefit the restoration of the historic Morton-Brittain House.  The premium car wash normally costs $20, but will be discounted to $10 per vehicle from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 912 Oldham Drive in Nolensville. …

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STAFF REPORTS Nolensville’s Ebenezer United Methodist Church will celebrate its 150th Homecoming Anniversary on Sunday. The historic African American church will hold an 11 a.m. service with Pastor John D. Alexander followed by lunch. Pastor Derrick Jackson and the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Gallatin will attend as guests at 3 p.m. Ebenezer …

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STAFF REPORTS The Battle of Franklin Trust will host a Teacher Appreciation Day Saturday for all current educators and school staff, giving teachers free admission to Carter House and Carnton Classic House tours. “Teacher Appreciation Days grants us the opportunity to thank our educators,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. …

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STAFF REPORTS The Battle of Franklin Trust announced Monday that Williamson County’s William David Dozier donated a piece of the Franklin battlefield, according to a release. The small tract of land connects the Carriage Park neighborhood to the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, and the trust says it will use the tract of land to allow …

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STAFF REPORTS On Sunday, Aug. 11, the Franklin Civil War Round Table will meet to discuss Civil War Cmrd. Matthew Fontaine Maury, who lived in Franklin “during his formative years,” according to a release. He was the cousin of Abram Maury, Franklin’s founder. The release says at the start of the Civil War, Maury left …

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Fred Keen, age 85 of Gallatin, passed away on Thursday, July 11th, 2019. Graveside Service will be conducted at Crestview Memory Gardens on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor James Gill officiating. Mr. Keen was born on July 15th, 1933 in Sumner County, Tennessee, to the late John Edgar and Anna Belle …

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Lotz House on Friday announced the release of Lift My Eyes, an imaginative biography authored by Magdalen Dugan that chronicles the life of renowned artist Matilda Lotz who grew up in the Lotz House on ground zero of the Battle of Franklin. “About two and a half years ago Magdalen took my guided tour of …

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American Battlefield Trust president James Lighthizer on Saturday recognized celebrated author and preservationist Robert Hicks of Franklin and three other preservation advocates during the annual gathering of the organization’s members in Lexington, Kentucky. “The fight to protect our nation’s hallowed grounds requires dedication, passion and hard work from individuals throughout the United States,” Lighthizer said. …

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Tyler Green, a tour guide for the Rippavilla mansion and battlefield, is this year’s recipient of the Tennessee Historical Commission’s Certificate of Merit after he curated an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. In a program begun in 1975, certificates of merit are presented annually to individuals, groups, agencies or organizations that …

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TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES Tennessee turns 223 Saturday, June 1. To celebrate Tennessee’s Statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is partnering with the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to host a variety of events Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Attendees can see the constitutions, tour the state Capitol and Bicentennial …

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THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN is hosting its 2nd Annual Preservation Symposium: Practical Preservation, presented by Renasant Bank, at the Williamson County Enrichment Center from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The symposium is part of an initiative by the Heritage Foundation …

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Lotz House, a house museum which as a residence stood on the front lines of the November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, has released a limited-edition Hatch Show Print to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle. The image features “Chip,” the unknown soldier statue residing in the center of the Public Square in downtown …

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Two historical markers will be placed on the sidewalk circling the center of Franklin’s town square.  // Photo rendering submitted By JOHN McBRYDE Work continues on what has become known as the “fuller story,” and it’s possible the project’s historical markers won’t be placed in their designated spots in the town square area of Franklin …

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AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD TRUST Volunteers throughout Tennessee are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 13 Volunteer State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event scheduled this year for April 6. The Lotz House in Franklin, Shy’s Hill in Nashville, and …

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Martha F. Womack Bilyeu, age 81 of Brentwood, Tennessee. passed away peacefully March 8, 2019 with her family by her side. Martha is preceded in death by loving husband, Dr. G. Powell “Buddy” Bilyeu and son, Danny Powell Bilyeu. Survived by her daughters, Kathy (Phillip) Hamner and Melody McPherson Bilyeu; grandchildren, Lacey (Blake) Walker, Logan (Aaron) Harmon, Clint (Samantha) Hamner, …