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Winter Lecture Series at Carnton

Winter Lecture Series at Carnton

On January 27, at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center, The Battle of Franklin Trust hosted its Winter lecture series at 6 p.m. with “Lincoln’s Election and the Secession Drama,” examining the presidential election and the secession of southern states. The second lecture has been scheduled for February 24 th at 6 p.m. at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming […]

Historic Monument

Historic Monument

He stands proudly in the middle of Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee.  Morning, noon and night, he stands with his chipped hat and rifle.  You have probably driven, walked, jogged and passed him millions of times…but did you ever stop to wonder who he is and why he is camped out on Franklin’s square? Having grown […]

Historic Franklin TN

Historic Franklin TN

For all of you history buffs, plan a trip to Historic Franklin, Tenn.  The city is packed with history, an archive museum, plantations, battlefield sites, a historic downtown and more. The City of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799, and was named after Benjamin Franklin, a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of […]

Old Town

Old Town

By Kelly McGuinness   The highly developed Indian society which flourished here between 900 and 1450 A.D. is now marked by several earth mounds in the field south of this marker.  The village was surrounded by a palisade wall.  Nearby are dry laid stone abutments of a bridge build over Brown’s Creek (formerly Donelson’s Creek) […]

Williamson County Archives

Williamson County Archives

Franklin’s Best Kept Secret Revealing treasures from our past By Polly Bibb Conveniently located across from Starbucks, the Post Office, and the Franklin Fire Department is a hidden secret, the Williamson County Archives. Located in the former Franklin Public library, where I had gone many times as a child, I did not quite know what […]

Boiling Spring Site

Boiling Spring Site

By Kelly McGuinness Once five significant mounds marked the site of an ancient Indian village here. The mounds were between Little Harpeth River and a branch of the Boiling Springs. When the four burial mounds were excavated in 1895 and again in 1920, artifacts were found dating back to the Mississippian Period of Indian culture […]

Stone Box Indian Site

Stone Box Indian Site

By Kelly McGuinness When this subdivision was being developed in 1964, ancient Native American remains were discovered.  Work was halted until archaeologists explored the site.  They found that a Mississippian culture had flourished in a village near here for 500 years between 1200 and 1700 AD.  It was mentioned as “an old Indian town” in […]

Preserving the past

Preserving the past

There are several organizations concerned with preserving the history of Franklin and Williamson County. Below are a few of the more prominent groups. Historic Carnton Plantation Carnton was established in 1826 by Randal McGavock, a former mayor of Nashville and the father of John. The name Carnton derives from the Gaelic word cairn which means […]

Franklin’s Origins

Franklin’s Origins

The City of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799, and was named after Benjamin Franklin, a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named. For most of its first 180 years, Franklin was a tranquil, small county seat. In the years prior to the Civil […]

Welcome to History Reprised

Welcome to History Reprised

By Kelly McGuinness There is much to love about Williamson County’s present balance of scenic landscapes, historic architecture, and modern amenities. It’s a place where communities take pride in the past and embrace the future. Historical markers go up along newly widened roads, while historic sites are continually added to the National Register. And there […]