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Breaking News:

Heritage Foundation Establishes The History and Culture Center of Williamson County, TN in former McConnell House Property

The historic building will be transformed into Williamson County’s first state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition space dedicated to telling its comprehensive countywide history.

Preservation Month 2022:

Help Write Tomorrow's History

Make plans to attend all of our exclusive Preservation Month events and support our mission with a charitable gift!

FREE Event - May 19th

Practical Preservation Series: “Hospitality and History – Main Street Built on a Sense of Place”

Nancy Willliams, Executive Director of Tennessee’s Main Street Program, will speak on the Hospitality and History of Main Streets of Tennessee on May 19 at 6 pm.

Pay-What-You-Can Movie Screening

The Majestic: May 20th

Celebrate National Preservation Month with a screening of The Majestic - a historic movie palace that gets restored and helps return joy to a small town. Enjoy a special pre-show talk about the history of The Franklin Theatre.

2022 Sites to Save Announced!

10 Nominees Identified as Historically Significant Locations at Risk of Being Lost

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.

One Nonprofit, Three Divisions

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

What We Do

History, Preservation, Community.

Impact
By the Numbers

255K
Yearly Festivals & Special Event Attendance
5
Historical Districts
134
National Register Properties
$8.26M
Annual Festivals Local Economic Impact

Mission

To preserve and share regional history, local historic places and signature events that carry on our community traditions and cultural heritage through fundraising, research, advocacy, education, preservation and community engagement.

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 preserve and share every local historic place and every associated personal story.

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2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Old Natchez Trace - Vaughn Road Segment, Franklin, TN

Located in northwest Williamson County, Vaughn Road segment from Sneed Road to Strickland Road represents a portion of Williamson County’s original Natchez Trace, an ancient network of trails that led from Nashville to Natchez, MS. This portion lies directly on, across, and over the footprint of the original Natchez Trace and still retains its historic, culturally significant, and scenic integrity on the Natchez Trace Historic Rural Landscape.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Historic Franklin Masonic Hall

Built c.1823, the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall is the oldest three-story building in Franklin and is the earliest significant Gothic Revival building in Tennessee.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Burns Farm, Arrington, TN

The Burns Farm and House on Patton Road is the last functioning rural farm with a historic house in the fast-developing Triune area. The two-story vernacular farmhouse was built ca 1900 and may contain an original log structure from the early 1880s.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Natchez Historic District - Franklin, TN

The Natchez Street Historic District, a National Register District listed for its African American ethnic and cultural heritage, is in danger of losing its historic integrity from the rapid development pressures in Franklin. The Natchez Street Historic District, unlike Franklin’s four other National Registered Districts, is not within the Franklin Historic Preservation Overlay. Currently, new development and demolition is expanding in and around the district, placing significant pressures on this historic neighborhood.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Gaylor House, Franklin, TN

The Gaylor House, originally built ca 1900, is a contributing structure to the Nachez Street Historic District in Franklin. Today it is owned by the Shorter Chapel AME and is slated to be used as a community center; however, the structure has significant water damage and structural issues.

2021 Sites To Save Nominee

The Creekside Property

The Creekside home is significant for its age and also because it was the home of Sarah Florence McEwen Adkerson (1846-1867), who was one of the daughters of John B. McEwen, mayor of Franklin during the Civil War.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Beard’s Grocery & Market, Franklin, TN

Located at the crossroads of Carter Creek Pike and Southall Road, Beard’s Grocery & Market, a ca. 1900 building, has been a general store since around 1945. The crossroads has long been a community hub.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Frierson-Voorhies Cemetery, Hardscuffle Community Brentwood, TN

The Frierson-Voorhies Cemetery is the final physical reminder of the once thriving African American Hardscuffle community in Brentwood. Hardscuffle, founded just after the Civil War by formerly enslaved people, began to decline after community members sold their property during the construction of the nearby Interstate 65. Without its community and ownership unclear, the cemetery has become neglected.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Nolensville Historic Corridor - Nolensville, TN

The Nolensville Historic Corridor and business district along Nolensville Road continues to be threatened by development pressures. State Hwy 31, Nolensville Road, is a main thoroughfare between Nashville’s suburbs and Nolensville's own explosive growth. Increased traffic along the highway and new development threaten the historic business district.

2022 Sites to Save Nominee

Daniel McMahon House Franklin, TN

The Daniel McMahon house is a two-story frame and log residence located on the Franklin First United Methodist Church property near Franklin Road and Mack Hatcher. This home, added to the National Register in 1988, started around 1812 as a sprawling farm owned by one of the county's earliest settlers, Revolutionary War veteran Daniel McMahon. The house, long neglected, suffers from water damage, mold, and other issues.