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Save the Date!

presented by First Citizens National Bank
December 11-12, 2021

An annual winter festival that recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s charming architecture as the backdrop.

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.

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History, Preservation, Community.

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Festivals & Special Event Attendance
Historical Districts
National Register Properties
Raised for Historic Preservation


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.


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.


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

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One Non-profit In Three Divisions... All Impacting Williamson County.

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2021 Sites To Save Nominee

Merrill-Williams House

Known as a historic African-American neighborhood within the larger suburban confines of Franklin, the Natchez Street community has many homes that have remained remarkably intact. The Merrill-Williams house at 264 Natchez Street is one such home, built in 1881 by Moses Merrill, a formerly enslaved man who had been owned by local slave trader Charles Merrill of Franklin and Nashville.

2021 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.

2021 Sites To Save Nominee

Williamson Iron Furnace

These are the remains of the limestone stack of the Williamson Furnace built in 1832 by Moses Speer. Furnaces like this one were vital to the survival of the pioneering communities of our area.

2021 Sites To Save Nominee

Farmstead Tracts

Nolensville is said to have been founded in 1797 by William Nolen when he, along with his first wife Delilah and five children, was traveling through Middle Tennessee and a wheel on his wagon broke, causing the family to delay traveling until the wagon was repaired. 

2021 Sites To Save Nominee

Civil War Earthworks

The National Park Service has listed the Triune Fortifications on the National Register of Historic Places for their historic and archeological significance.

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.