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On The Town: An Evening of Heritage, Community, and Music

Join us for an unforgettable evening of heritage, community, and music on Sunday, June 30, 2024, from 4 to 9 pm. Experience the charm of historic Downtown Franklin with a curated journey through cultural landmarks, culminating in a private concert at the renowned Franklin Theatre. Indulge in bespoke cocktails, gourmet dining, captivating storytelling, and an exclusive acoustic performance by multi platinum singer-songwriters Josh Phillips, Brock Berryhill, and Amanda Colleen Williams.

Limited to just 50 guests, this VIP adventure promises an unparalleled fusion of food, history, culture, and music—all while supporting the preservation efforts of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Introducing our 2024 Sites to Save list!

The Heritage Foundation is excited to announce that we have compiled our fourth annual Sites to Save list, which seeks to identify historic places in Williamson County that are vulnerable to demolition, development, or neglect.

Our 2024 Sites to Save list features:
- Pryor Lillie Works (Includes Beechwood Hall)
- Williamson County Cemeteries
- James Scales House
- Williamson County Dry Stack Stone Walls
- Williamson County Mid-Century Modern Homes

Join us for our 4th Annual Summer Educator Institute on May 29th-30th!

Calling all teachers and educators! This year's Summer Educator Institute theme is "Cultivating Conversations", where we will equip educators to both initiate and facilitate conversations in the social studies classroom.

*This two-day information-packed conference is FREE for educators!

Timeless Tales: Classic Children’s Literature Read Alouds at the Moore-Morris History and Culture Center

We’re excited to introduce Timeless Tales, a new series for 1-3 year olds and their adult loved ones! (FREE for 1-3 year olds!)

Join us on Friday, June 7th at 9:00 AM at the Moore-Morris History and Culture Center for an engaging read aloud of “The Little Red Hen” by Paul Galdone from veteran teacher, Cinda Dehner. In addition to story time, children can engage with touch, feel and wonder sensory stations featuring wheat, baby chicks, and cake slime. Attendees will also receive a take home cake-in-a-cup recipe with sprinkles!

Introducing Preserve Williamson, a community-centered campaign dedicated to safeguarding Williamson County's quality of life!

Although the Heritage Foundation’s mission remains the same as when we first began in 1967, our work has adapted, our strategies diversified, and our approach modernized. Through Preserve Williamson, we will remain at the forefront of the preservation movement creatively working to preserve places and stories, affect positive policy change to sustain the unique character and historic charm so our shared history can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Immerse yourself in Williamson County's storied history at the Moore-Morris History and Culture Center!

The Moore-Morris History & Culture Center (located at 108 Bridge Street, Franklin, TN!) is Williamson County’s first state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition space dedicated to telling its comprehensive countywide history. Surrounded in historic brick and hardwood décor with beautiful archways and stairwells that help you traverse into distinct thematic “room,” The Center transports guests to different environments within its 6,000 square feet and three stories. Multi-sensory experiences leverage the latest immersive technologies to wrap you in the sights and sounds of our history through interactive touchscreens, projected videos, audio accents, and tactile artifacts.

Be one of the first to experience this historic space, and plan your visit today!

Lee-Buckner Rosenwald School Moves to Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens Property

Looking back on a beautiful and momentous night in the history of our organization!

After many years of planning and perseverance, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN and our extraordinary project partners were able to successfully relocate the Lee-Buckner Rosenwald School to our Franklin Grove Estates & Gardens property. This school holds a remarkable history, and we are grateful for the opportunity to save it, relocate it, restore it, and share its stories with the public.

Stay tuned for progress updates on this historic project!

Become a member of the Heritage Hundred today!

You can play a part in the opening and the successful launch of The History and Culture Center! Opening soon, the History & Culture Center (HCC) of Williamson County will be a destination for exploring our past and present. As Williamson County’s first permanent, interactive exhibition space dedicated to telling the region’s history, the Center will honor and share stories of the people and places that comprise the fabric of middle Tennessee.

Your gift purchases an item to be placed within an exhibit with your logo or name for one year and permanent recognition as an original founding member of the Heritage Hundred in the lobby! Our gift options are as follows:

- A Signature Bottle of Stable Reserve Spirits ($5,000)
- Etched glassware or drinkware ($1,000)

One Nonprofit, Four Divisions

The non-profit Heritage Foundation operates The Franklin Theatre, Downtown Franklin Association, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens, and the Moore-Morris History & Culture Center of Williamson County, TN to preserve and enrich Williamson County for the betterment of its citizens and visitors.

Saving the Places and Stories that Matter

Support the critical work of the Heritage Foundation today. Each gift funds preservation & education initiatives in our area that sustain the historic charm that makes Williamson County so beloved.

What We Do

History, Preservation, Community.

Impact
By the Numbers

350K
Yearly Festivals & Special Event Attendance
5
Historical Districts
134
National Register Properties
$10M
Annual Festivals Local Economic Impact

Mission

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN is a nonprofit that preserves, promotes and advocates for the historic places, stories and culture of our community.

Impact

Through preservation, education, and events, we actively maintain the historic beauty of Williamson County for our residents and visitors. Without this paramount work, significant buildings and locations representing our area’s diverse history and vibrant culture would be lost forever.

Vision

To be the reason the world knows and falls in love with Williamson County’s culture and history.

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Whether you have time, funds or business connections to give, each are vitally necessary to sustain the work the Heritage Foundation does to enrich Williamson County. Let's talk, we know there is a meaningful way to get you involved.

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2024 Sites to Save

PRYOR LILLIE WORKS

Includes: Beechwood Hall (1856), Grasslands (1802, 1850), and Old Town (1846)
Photo of Beechwood Hall, March 2024. Anna Marcum.
WHY: Pryor Lillie built three of the most significant antebellum homes in Williamson County. To have an extant portfolio of an antebellum builder's work in Williamson County is extremely rare and these properties should be preserved as a group.

2024 Sites to Save

WILLIAMSON COUNTY CEMETERIES

Pictured, Frierson-Voorhees Cemetery, Brentwood and Tombstone of the Wife of Dr. William Searcy Removed from its Original Location, Nolensville. Both images submitted by nominator.
WHY: Intimate family cemeteries are abundant in Tennessee and an important feature of the state's landscape. As more folks move to Middle Tennessee and development ramps up, it's crucial that people are on the lookout for these cemeteries and are aware of how to appropriately handle them.

2024 Sites to Save

THE JAMES SCALES HOUSE (1885), COLLEGE GROVE/KIRKLAND

James Scales House, 2014. Wikipedia.
WHY: The James Scales House is a lovely example of Eastlake Victorian architecture and the I-house form in Williamson County. Despite the land around it being used as construction storage, the home still retains a remarkable amount of its Eastlake decoration on the porch.

2024 Sites to Save

WILLIAMSON COUNTY DRY STACK STONE WALLS

Dry stack stone walls in Williamson County. Both images submitted by nominator.
WHY: These walls are a defining feature of the Tennessee landscape that are not protected by any kind of historic preservation ordinance. With rapid development, many are being lost simply because people don't understand their significance.

2024 Sites to Save

WILLIAMSON COUNTY MID-CENTURY MODERN HOMES

The Tucker Home, Architect Burney Tucker, Brentwood, 1967. Photo courtesy Zillow.
WHY: As the construction of I-65 progressed through Williamson County in the 1950s and 60s, towns along the interstate route exploded in growth and along with that growth came a number of lovely Mid-Century Modern homes. Many don’t see the historic value in modern architecture, but these homes are not only an excellent example of the style but also indicative of an important part of Williamson County’s recent history.