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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, …

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Signing the Trust agreement Friday morning were (from left) Col. Jim Patterson from the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation, Rachael Finch from the Hall Foundation and Sam Isbell from the Masons of Hiram Lodge No. 7. // Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE Anchored by what could be considered a testimonial from Tennessee state historian …

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STAFF REPORTS Plans are under way to transform the Franklin Masonic Hall into a museum and cultural center that will interpret Franklin’s past and its connections to Tennessee and the United States. The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation will announce the plans during a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, with a reception …

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The Battle of Franklin Trust’s History Summer Camp registration is now open. Offered twice every summer, the camp runs from Tuesday, June 18 through Thursday, June 20 and Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 18, 2019. At the Battle of Franklin Trust’s History Summer Camp, children will learn about soldier and civilian life through demonstrations, contests, trips …

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PHOTO: The leaders of the fuller story initiative stand outside the Williamson County Courthouse during a ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January. From left are Eric Jacobson, Hewitt Sawyers, Chris Williamson and Kevin Riggs. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE It’s been something of a bumpy ride at times, but the …

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TENNESSEE WARS COMMISSION The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission on Tuesday announced that they have awarded nearly $2.5 million dollars in grant funding to the American Battlefield Trust to preserve more than 180 acres of  Civil War battlefield land in five counties through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Fund (TCWSPF). This represents both the largest …

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STAFF REPORTS The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will be announcing this week that it is formally closing on the purchase of the O’More College of Design from Belmont University. According to an email from the Heritage Foundation, it will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday to make that announcement plus other related …

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TENNESSEE HISTORICAL COMMISSION The State Historic Preservation Office, part of the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) is seeking public input for an update to Tennessee’s Plan for Historic Preservation during the next ten years. As the state agency primarily responsible for the stewardship of historic resources in Tennessee through the administration of various federal and state …

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The Army of the Cumberland, trapped in Chattanooga for five harrowing weeks of near starvation in the fall of 1863, depended upon a single difficult road over mountainous terrain for survival. With new information from ground breaking research,  Phillip R. Kemmerly, PhD, will present at the Franklin Civil War Round Table on Sunday March 10, accounts …

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ABOVE: A 2017 rendering of the future Carter House Visitors Center . // FILE TENNESSEE WARS COMMISSION The Tennessee Wars Commission and Tennessee Historical Commission have announced the approval of a $50,000 grant to assist the Battle of Franklin Trust in the design and purchase of museum exhibit displays for the new Carter House State Historic Site …

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On Sunday, February 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Tennessee General Assembly member Steve McDanile to speak on “The Rise of the Parkers Crossroads Battlefield.” In 1993, the Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Association was created under the leadership of McDaniel, and since that time has acquired 349 acres. The battlefield is …

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As a member of the 2019 Pioneer Family, Caroline Sawyers Smith is looking forward to visiting with others from the Claybrooks family at Saturday’s Black Tie Affair. // Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE Caroline Sawyers Smith, a lifelong resident of Williamson County, looks forward to her birthday every year. It happens to fall …

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The Nolensville Historical Society has identified property in the town’s Historic District that can host the circa 1870 Morton-Brittain house. The house is on property that is being developed, and if a solution is not found soon, the house will be demolished. A meeting of the Historic Zoning Commission is scheduled for Jan. 31 to …

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United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), are continuing their efforts started during the last Congress to to expand the Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee by adding several sites that were significant to the bloody 1862 clash.  “Learning from the past helps us become better Americans in the future, and preserving …

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Local pastors and a historian have advocated for putting historical makers in the Franklin town square where the Confederate statue known as “Chip” currently stands. // File photo By JOHN McBRYDE For Franklin Community Church Pastor Kevin Riggs and others who have been involved in what is known as the “fuller story” project, now is …

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Historic Travellers Rest will be hosting their annual Twelfth Night Event on the night of Epiphany. Step back in time as you tour the historic house by candlelight, hear what Christmas meant to those enslaved, carry on your holiday spirit as you dance a reel or two and have some chestnuts by the fire. Guests can …

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Dr. E.C (Curt) Fields Jr. will be The Franklin Civil War Round Table’s featured January 13th speaker presenting, General U.S. Grant during Appomattox. Fields appeared at the Round Table in 2018 with a presentation about Grant’s during the war’s peak years. His lifelong interest in the American Civil War and admiration for General Ulysses Grant has led to …