Historic Cemetery Tour

Historic Cemetery Tour

Grave Matters Cemetery Tour Returns to Pumpkin
Back by popular demand, the Grave Matters historic cemetery tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm as part of Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin. The guided tour of the Old City and Rest Haven cemeteries features costumed actors portraying the most colorful, historically important and often tragic souls buried there. Tickets are $15 for ages 14 and up, and $5 for children ages 7-13.
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You’ll meet father and son Fountain Branch and Capt. Tod Carter, whose home found itself at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. And the little-known but still fascinating two Georges – Grummond and Cuppett – who fought on opposite sides of the War, and are remembered for different reasons. Franklin wartime mayor John McEwen will speak of his experience, as will Fannie Park, the daughter of a well-respected physician who was nearly forced from town.
Franklin teenager Fannie Courtney, a Union sympathizer who tended to the Federal wounded at First Presbyterian Church, will tell her story. You won’t believe the rest of it!
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Not all the stories are Civil War-related. You won’t want to miss the grave of freedman Jessee Cowles and his wife, Anarchy Cowles, or the marker of the two infant Marr sisters, whose short, tragic lives are commemorated by a broken shaft.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.franklinonfoot.com or at the gate.  Allow at least one hour and 15 minutes to complete the tour, and plan to arrive between 6:45 pm and 7:45 pm. The cemeteries are located at the corner of 4th Avenue North and North Margin St. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and carry a flashlight. Call (615) 400-3808 for more information.
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