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Experience a special
exhibit for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin called "Battle Scarred". The 1,600 square foot gallery of the Fleming
Center at Carnton Plantation will display never before exhibited objects, many of which have not been
together for 150 years. Incorporating
artifacts, graphic elements, patron interactivity, light and sound, the exhibit
will be the first of its kind in Franklin.
Experience a special
exhibit for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin called "Battle Scarred". The 1,600 square foo...
Dates: August 02, 2014 - April 26, 2015 Times: mon thru sat - 9am to 5pm sun - 12 noon to 5pm Location: Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064 Phone: (615) 794-0903 Admission: $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 & under Recurrence: daily
EquiFest of Tennessee offers the excitement of a rodeo paired with clinician education, competitions and fun for kids & family alike. World class clinicians: Guy McLean, Molly Powell and Nick Karazissis will draw a variety of attendees and horse enthusiasts while the Cowboy Drag Racing and Ranch Rodeo will bring excitement and a crowd to each evening. More Info: www.equifestoftn.com ~ Jared: 785-215-5390
EquiFest of Tennessee offers the excitement of a rodeo paired with clinician education, competitions and fun for kids & family alike. World c...
Dates: October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014 Times: october 24-26, 2014 Location: Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Ln, Franlin Tn 37064 Contact: Jared Phone: (785) 215-5390 Admission: General Admission $10 - Weekend Pass $25 Recurrence: daily
Dead men tell no tales, but their tombstones do! On Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 7pm-9pm, Franklin's Rest Haven and City Cemeteries come alive as costumed reenactors portray some of the most interesting (and often tragic) souls that rest there.
You'll meet father and son Fountain Branch and Capt. Tod Carter, whose home found itself at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. You'll be introduced to 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 during the War as will the daughter of Dr. John Park, a well-respected physician who was nearly forced from town. Dr. Daniel Cliffe will share his views on the War as one who started as a Confederate officer and ended as a Union man. Brave teenager Fannie Courtney, a Union sympathizer who tended to the Union wounded at First Presbyterian Church will tell the story she wrote several months after the war of the sheer terror of being caught amidst the battle.
You'll visit the memorial for the Unknown Civil War soldier whose remains were uncovered at a Franklin construction site in May, 2009 and re-interred at Rest Haven on October 10, 2009.
$15 for ages 14+; $5 for children 7-13. Tickets are available for purchase here, or at the gate. Bring a flashlight for each member of your party and wear flat, closed-toe shoes. Cemeteries are located at the corner of 4th Avenue North and North Margin Street.
Historic Downtown Franklin's Pumpkinfest now has something for everyone on Saturday, Oct. 25, on Main Street. Admission to the street festival is free.
Taste of the South - evening preview party on Fourth Avenue. Patrons will the best of local restaurants, southern dishes & taste products from nearby brewers & distillers. Tickets are $30 at the gate.
• Costume contest: The four categories are pets and ages 0-5, 6-13, 14+. Entry is $1 and sign-up is next to the stage in front of city hall from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., or until the maximum of 50 contestants are in the category. Contestants must be signed up and at the stage by 3 p.m. to participate.
• Cemetery tours in Downtown Franklin's two historic cemeteries on North Margin Street (two blocks from Main Street) from 7 to 9 p.m. In "Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones," costumed actors tell fascinating stories of the inhabitants of the graves. Tickets are $15 for ages 14 and up, $5 for ages 7-13, and are available at the gate the night of the event.
• More than 75 arts and crafts booths featuring fall and holiday handmade and unique items will be around the Public Square and East Main Street to First Avenue from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
• Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off, offering 10 samples for $8. The organization is also holding a Vision Fair during Pumpkinfest at City Hall on the Public Square 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to give residents an opportunity to have input into creating a shared vision for the future of Franklin.
Pumpkinfest is open to the public with free admission except for special activities as noted. For more information please call 615-591-8500 or visit www.historicfranklin.com.
Historic Franklin's Main Street plays host to Wine Down Main Street in November! More than 40 shops will open their doors with wines to sample from around the world. Receive a wine glass and booklet listing the wines and their descriptions. Walk from shop to shop at your own pace, taste wines, sample food from area restaurants and listen to music from some of the area's top musicians. Begin your journey anywhere along Main Street!
Advance tickets are available online at www.WineDownMainStreet.com. Hard tickets are also available in September at Hallmark Volkswagen and Boys & Girls Club of Franklin / Williamson County.
General Admission tickets are $75 per person in advance or $85 per person and include all wine, beer and food tastings. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County.
Partially filmed on the original battlefield, this painstakingly accurate and stunningly beautiful documentary from Wide Awake Films takes you into the trenches. As cannons and muskets roar, you’ll hear the actual thoughts and words of soldiers who experienced the horrors of the Battle of Franklin.
The Franklin City Parks Department and Franklin's Pull-Tight Players are working together
to present a special free performance of "Incident at Fort Granger" at Carnton Plantation's Eastern
Flank Events Facility at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The play will take place on the back
The "incident," well known to historians and Franklin natives, occurred on June 8, 1863, shortly
after the Union fort was built. Two Confederates, disguised as Union officers, came to Fort
Granger for a reason still being debated, but were discovered and tried as spies.
"Incident at Fort Granger" was written by local historian Robert Holladay. It was well
researched and much actual dialogue was taken from newspapers and official records of the
trial. It is recommended for adults and children age 10 and older. The cast includes: Vince Cusomato, Jeanne Drone, Ron Geagan, Nelson Bryan, John Fraser, Jim Anderson, Jerry Sharber, Stan Ferguson, Hanes Sparkman, Jake Cannon, Jonathan Wilson, Bill Jones, Mark Hyssong, Mike Foster, Preston Crook and Hunter Mason.
Attendees are asked to bring folding chairs with them, or blankets to sit on, and they are
advised to dress warmly.
The play is about an hour and a half long, without an intermission. It begins at 3:00 p.m.,
timed to end shortly before sunset. The play will be performed indoors if there is inclimate weather.
Franklin High School Class of 2015 is pleased to announce Mistletoe Market, a one-day shopping event at Franklin High School. Mistletoe Market is a holiday gift show that featuring artisans, craft makers and merchants from the local area. Enjoy shopping for exceptional and unique holiday gifts including apparel, home décor, jewelry, accessories, gourmet foods and sweets.
Proceeds raised from the Mistletoe Market support the Franklin High School Class of 2015. For more information please email MistletoeMarket2014@gmail.com
Naughty or nice, Santa Claus is coming to town and he's waiting to see you! Santa Claus arrives at the CoolSprings Galleria beginning Saturday, November 8 with a PJ party. You can find Santa at Center Court through Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The parade will consist of marching bands and ROTC units from local schools, entries from local veterans organizations, marching community leaders, entries from local organizations, a Grand Marshal, and thousands of marching schoolchildren sharing their patriotism.
The parade route will begin at Five Points at the Louis G. Lynch Museum & Archives, proceed north up Main Street, travel around the Town Square, turn left onto Second Avenue North, and ending at the Senior Citizens Park at the end of Second Avenue North.
Streets in downtown Franklin on the parade route will close to all but parade traffic at about 10:00am. Parade entries will assemble from Five Points south down West Main Street for approximately one mile.
The Sesquicentennial commemoration marks the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Franklin, and will include educational seminars, panel discussions, special tours of sites in and around Franklin and a battle reenactment.
Tennessee State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West will officiate the Opening Ceremony at 9 am. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at The Factory, a restored historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Places that now serves as a community center for the City of Franklin. Susan H. Whitaker, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and chair of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, will offer opening remarks.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will include a performance by children from the New Hope Academy Choir, special presentations and remarks by dignitaries including Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (invited), Eric Jacobson, CEO and historian, Battle of Franklin Trust, and O. Jim Lighthizer, president, Civil War Trust.
Other free sesquicentennial events include:
"Teaching with Primary Sources," a Nov. 13 workshop open to K-12 educators, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee," Nov. 13-14, sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. "The Last Campaign in Tennessee," Nov. 14, panel discussions featuring Irish historian and author Damian Shiels, Dr. Van West, Dr. Shanna Jackson, dean, Extended Services and Williamson Campus, Columbia State Community College, author Dr. Chris Losson, historian and author Dr. James McDonough, Nicole Moore, public historian, Bill Radcliffe, 13th U.S. Colored Troops infantry, and Wiley Sword, historian and author.
In addition to the Signature Event, special ticketed events sponsored by Franklin 150 include "A Special Evening with Alison Brown & Friends," at The Franklin Theatre on Friday, Nov. 14, and the "150th Battle of Franklin Re-enactment," featuring more than 700 re-enactors, will be held on the grounds of the Carnton Plantation on Saturday Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets and pricing information is available online at www.tncivilwar150.com.
Join living history re-enactors for Blue & Gray Days at Carnton Plantation. Guests will have the rare opportunity to go back in time to the 1860's and witness Civil War re-enactors skirmish and artisans demonsrate. See Confederate camp life including a Civil War cook wagon, musicians, blacksmith, weaver/spinner, sutlers, tinytype photo tent and more. Guided house tours make this a must for Civil War buffs.
NOTE: This event is separate from the Sesquicentennial Re-enactment taking place at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park.
For addtional details or to make field trip reservations, please contact Angell Wallace at 615.794.0903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join living history re-enactors for Blue & Gray Days at Carnton Plantation. Guests will have the rare opportunity to go back in time ...
Dates: November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014 Times: fri 1pm-5pm, sat 9am-5pm Location: Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064 Phone: (615) 794-0903 Admission: $5 per person (event admission only; does not include tour of the home) Recurrence: daily
On November 15 & 16, re-enactors from all over the country will recreate two different scenarios from the 1864 Battle of Franklin. A different scene will be depicted each day.
Saturday, November 15: The Columbia Pike Sector and Fighting Near the Carter House
Sunday, November 16: A. P. Stewart's Advance Against the Federal Left Flank
The re-enactment will be held on Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, adjacent to Carnton Plantation, and will involve strictly infantry and artillery.
The re-enactors will encamp on the grounds just south of Carnton and approximately 8-10 sutlers will set up in close proximity to the soldiers' camps. Parking for spectators will be available on-site. Additional parking will be available off-site and free trolley service will be provided to transport spectators to and from the re-enactment. Food and drink will be available to purchase on-site.
The grounds will open at 9 am on both days and the time for each day's battle re-enactment is 2 pm.
All spectators must be on-site by 12:30 pm in order to view the battle re-enactment. No admittance to the site will take place from 12:30 pm to the end of the re-enactment, which will last approximately 60 minutes.
Admission per Day:
$10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 - 12, free for children 5 & under
**Before you buy, please read the following information**
There is a separate ticket for each day. Your ticket will specify your entry for either Saturday: The Columbia Pike Sector and Fighting Near the Carter House OR Sunday: A. P. Stewart's Advance Against the Federal Left. When you purchase your tickets, please verify that you are purchasing for the day you plan to attend.
No refunds and no exchanges. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, your ticket may be applied to the price of a future individual house tour at Carnton Plantation or the Carter House with no expiration.
All attendees must be on-site by 12:30 pm in order to view the re-enactment.
All tickets purchased online will be mailed. A Shipping & Handling fee of $1.75 will be applied to every ticket purchased.
A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase online and at The Carter House & Carnton Plantation from September 15 - October 30. Tickets will not be available to purchase AT the event.
To any spectators with hearing or noise sensitivities: please note that gun fire and cannon fire are part of this event. Parents with small children, be advised: this event may not be suitable for infants and toddler.
No smoking, pets, tents or grills.
Enjoy home grown goodness at the Farmer's Market at the Factory. Nearly 100 vendors with fresh produce, cheeses, herbs, flowers and crafters! All of the "staples" you need will be there and then some! Thanks for your support of the best "producer only" market in Tennessee!
Downtown Franklin is home to more than 25 locally-owned and operated restaurants, serving everything from BBQ sliders and fried green tomatoes to oysters and gumbo. We invite you to savor the flavors of Franklin on our Southern Style food tours.
Led by one of Franklin on Foot's guides, the Southern staples will come with a bit ofbackground on each morsel and the five-block walking tour will include some history along the way, including photos of Franklin restaurants from back in the day.
We mix it up each tour, choosing 6 eateries from among Chapman’s Pie Wagon II, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Merridee’s Breadbasket, IveyCake, Puckett's Boathouse, Papa Boudreaux's Cajun Cafeand Franklin Mercantile Deli. All selections are always made fresh for our group and you'll enjoy meeting each restaurant's chef or proprietor.
Civil War historian Thomas Cartwright is offering a special, officially sanctioned guided tour of the McGavock Confederate Cemetery located a stone’s throw away from Carnton Plantation on the Eastern Flank of the Battlefield. This is a very special year commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery holds some of the most incredible untold stories of the Battle. These are the stories of the men who are buried there! Real men, real people! Tours are by appointment only.
The 10th annual Franklin Wine Festival is returning to Franklin again this year! Presented by Cool Springs Wines and Spirits and supported by Nissan, the annual food and wine tasting event is a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, and will be held Friday, October 17 at the Factory at Franklin from 7-10 p.m.
The Franklin Wine Festival is a celebration of food and wine that also includes live entertainment on multiple stages throughout the Factory, a silent and live auction, and delicious samplings of more than 300 wines and culinary tastings from 35 Middle Tennessee area restaurants and caterers.