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Report to the Community

2021 Year in Review

For us, 2021 is a story of adaptation, resilience, and making strides toward a sense of normalcy enacting our community-building work through historic preservation. Generous support enabled us to reach and surpass many milestones on the path toward saving the historic places and stories that matter in Williamson County.
Thank you for you interest in the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN.

Relive the Excitement of 2021.

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Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

Our mission is 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.

Downtown Franklin Association

Our mission is to lead the continued revitalization and purposeful evolution of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation by building a diverse economic base, promoting unique features and the buy-local experience, fostering inviting and accessible people-centric public spaces, and forging partnerships across sectors.

The Franklin Theatre

Our mission is to provide world-class performing arts experiences to diverse Williamson County residents and visitors and to be a platform for local philanthropic engagement and education, while providing unparalleled guest service.

Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens

Our mission is to be a landmark destination that creates a sense of place, timelessness and beauty for all people to engage with education, art, history, nature and community.

Watch our 2021 Year In Review Presentation (March 2022)

2021 By The Numbers

  • 700 attend the 48th Annual Heritage Ball, raising $640K for local historic preservation 
  • 18 historic Williamson County locations receive fieldwork and site visits by our team 
  • 6 "Sites to Save" identified 
  • 15 historic places or causes advocated for in 2021 
  • 4 Warwick Lecture Series events host hundreds of attendees 
  • 1,314 Committed Donors 
  • 24 Business Members 
  • 49 Corporate Sponsors 
  • 298 Volunteers  
  • 1,500+ hours of donated time 
  • 5 Grants Awarded 

  • 255,000+ guests at 3 festivals 
  • Over $8.26 Million in local economic impact from 3 festivals 
  • 125 dedicated business members 
  • 99% ground floor occupancy rate 
  • 27 net gain in new businesses 
  • 12 member meetings 
  • 97,000 reach via social & email 

  • 31,000 tickets distributed (limited capacity January-June) 
  • 170 Live Events 
  • 146 Movie Screenings 
  • 113 Rental Events 
  • 586,000+ Tickets sold (since 2011) 
  • $21k raised from Marquee Messages 
  • $45K in in-kind donations to other nonprofits 
  • 40 Nonprofits & Schools Served – A Platform for Philanthropy & Education  
  • 212 Personal Marquee Messages 
  • 163 Donors 
  • 400 attendees in one week at Pay-What-You-Can Movie event 

  • 1 historic mansion beautifully restored and reopened as the LeHew Mansion (former Haynes-Berry house) 
  • 3 tenants occupy Innovation Center, representing the inaugural entrepreneur class 
  • 4 iterations of the site plan 
  • 10 community meetings held 
  • 16 donors comprise the quiet phase of Franklin Grove supporters 
  • 200+ Franklin Grove Ambassadors sign-up in one month 

  • 700 attend the 48th Annual Heritage Ball, raising $640K for local historic preservation 
  • 18 historic Williamson County locations receive fieldwork and site visits by our team 
  • 6 "Sites to Save" identified 
  • 15 historic places or causes advocated for in 2021 
  • 4 Warwick Lecture Series events host hundreds of attendees 
  • 1,314 Committed Donors 
  • 24 Business Members 
  • 49 Corporate Sponsors 
  • 298 Volunteers  
  • 1,500+ hours of donated time 
  • 5 Grants Awarded 

  • 255,000+ guests at 3 festivals 
  • Over $8.26 Million in local economic impact from 3 festivals 
  • 125 dedicated business members 
  • 99% ground floor occupancy rate 
  • 27 net gain in new businesses 
  • 12 member meetings 
  • 97,000 reach via social & email 

  • 31,000 tickets distributed (limited capacity January-June) 
  • 170 Live Events 
  • 146 Movie Screenings 
  • 113 Rental Events 
  • 586,000+ Tickets sold (since 2011) 
  • $21k raised from Marquee Messages 
  • $45K in in-kind donations to other nonprofits 
  • 40 Nonprofits & Schools Served – A Platform for Philanthropy & Education  
  • 212 Personal Marquee Messages 
  • 163 Donors 
  • 400 attendees in one week at Pay-What-You-Can Movie event 

  • 1 historic mansion beautifully restored and reopened as the LeHew Mansion (former Haynes-Berry house) 
  • 3 tenants occupy Innovation Center, representing the inaugural entrepreneur class 
  • 4 iterations of the site plan 
  • 10 community meetings held 
  • 16 donors comprise the quiet phase of Franklin Grove supporters 
  • 200+ Franklin Grove Ambassadors sign-up in one month