By JOHN McBRYDE
The annual Blue and Gray Days event hosted by the Battle of Franklin Trust has been canceled this year due primarily to the fact that students from schools in the Williamson County Schools district were not going to attend.
The living history event, one of the BOFT’s signature events along with the Legacy Dinner, the recent Bootlegger’s Bash and others, had been scheduled for Nov. 7-9 at both Carnton and the Carter House. Featuring Civil War reenactors and 1800s living historians, Blue and Gray Days traditionally draws hundreds of school children as well as adult spectators.
Most of the students attending apparently came from many of the WCS schools. Students will still have the opportunity to take field trips to Carnton and the Carter House, but the district decided they will not be participating in living history events with reenactors.
Carol Birdsong, communications director for WCS, sent the following statement explaining what led to the decision:
“The social studies curriculum team evaluated appropriate field trips and their alignment with the new State standards last spring. At that time, it was determined that traditional field trips to Carnton and Carter House are often instructionally appropriate field trips. Those planned instructional trips better support the teaching of the new State standards than to attend the public Blue and Gray Days events.”
Eric Jacobson, CEO for the BOFT, was not available for comment. But a spokesperson for the nonprofit confirmed Blue and Gray Days will not be held this year, and information on the event has been removed from the BOFT website.