Heritage Foundation Opens the LeHew Mansion for Williamson Inc.’s Center for Innovation

Historic property meticulously restored in order to house start-up companies

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN held a grand opening celebration of the newly renovated LeHew Mansion to house Williamson Inc.’s Center for Innovation on the grounds of the Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens on June 21, 2021.

The Heritage Foundation recently completed renovation of the 4,100-square-foot, 1889 LeHew Mansion (former O’More College of Design’s Fleming-Farrah Mansion and historic Haynes-Berry House) which will house the new Center for Innovation – creating the first innovation and entrepreneurial center in Williamson County housed on a historic property. Williamson, Inc. will manage the Center for Innovation which will accommodate up to seven start-up companies in innovative dedicated office spaces.

The LeHew Mansion features six signature office spaces with three on the first floor and three on the second floor. Several spaces are dedicated to the families of Tyler Berry and Fleming Wilt who are donors as well. The Fleming Family Collaboration Space is on the second floor and the Berry Family Gathering Hall is on the first floor. The grounds will eventually showcase the Berry Family Door-yard Garden in the front of Franklin Grove and the Berry Family Garden Retreat in the back of the site.

Heritage Foundation Board of Directors Chairman David Garrett welcomed guests and introduced Franklin Mayor Ken Moore who highlighted the significance of the Center for Innovation at Franklin Grove as well as the partnership with Williamson, Inc. and the Heritage Foundation.

President and CEO of Heritage Foundation Bari Beasley provided an overview of the vision for Franklin Grove and recognized the incredible support from the community with a special thanks to philanthropists Calvin and Marilyn LeHew for whom the restored historic mansion is named.

Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen discussed the impact of entrepreneur center/incubators on communities like Williamson County as he looked into the economic growth of the county over the next five years.

Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens is located at 423 South Margin Street, Franklin, Tenn.