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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
Southern Trace Farms, Franklin's premiere barn wedding and event venue, will be hosting Barn Bash 2014 on the 21-acre equestrian property. The event, featuring local singer-songwriters will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 4-8 p.m. with all ticket sales benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission.
Barn Bash attendees will be entertained with live music from artists Amber White, Red Marlow, Kimberly Quinn, Amber Hayes and Dean Miller and Spangler Entertainment as the evening's emcee. Guests will also enjoy gourmet bites by Daily Dish, Chef Penelope's Catering, Wildberry Catering and Gigi's Cupcakes. During the event, attendees can visit Project 615's pop-up shop, featuring locally designed and hand-printed graphic tees.
LIVE MUSIC - FOOD - FUN
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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 American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls! Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Enjoy elegant refreshments, enter to win door prizes, and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history culture, and girls' individual styles.
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.
This event will be hosted by New York Times bestselling author and whiskey preservationist, Robert Hicks featuring an array of special guests from both the world of music and written word!
Featured author Adam Goodheart: Historian, essayist, and journalist. As America marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, Goodheart's book, 1861, presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. Additionally, Mr. Goodheart's articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. He is a regular columnist for the Times' acclaimed Civil War series, "Disunion." He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is director of Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.
Proceeds benefit the Carter Hill Park battlefield reclamation project.
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
Featuring Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, John Cowan, Forrest O'Connor, and more! This is a multi-artist, benefit show, so more guests may be added right up to the date of the event!
Brown learned to play guitar at eight and banjo at ten. When she was twelve, she met fiddler Stuart Duncan. In the summer of 1978, Brown traveled across the country with Duncan and his father, playing festivals and contests. She won first place at the Canadian National Banjo Championship, which helped her land a one-night gig at the Grand Ole Opry.In 1987, Alison Krauss asked Brown to join her band, Union Station. Brown spent three years with Krauss. In 1990, she moved to Tennessee, and was named International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 1991.
Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and IBMA Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997.
Proceeds benefit the Carter Hill Park battlefield reclamation project.
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.
The 1861 Project is a collection of original songs inspired by the people who fought and lived through the American Civil War. It's a contemporary take on Civil War music. The production includes a Franklin storyline in the music presentation, all the music having been written for the project. Performers include Bobby Bare, Maura O'Connell, Kim Richey, Irene Kelley, Craig Market, Peter Cooper, Eric Brace and Thomm Jutz.
National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss will host an exclusive Franklin Battlefield bus tour November 29 and 30 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin held Nov. 30, 1864.
The tour includes a continental breakfast served at 8:30am at the Lotz House located at 1111 Columbia Avenue. The bus departs at 9am and includes stops at Winstead Hill, the Eastern Flank, The Carter House and Garden, Cotton Gin Park and return to the Lotz House at 1 p.m. If the weather is inclement, the tour will continue but guests will remain on the bus.
Tickets are $100 per person and there is limited seating. Reservations can be made by emailing J.T. Thompson at email@example.com or by calling 615-790-7190. All proceeds benefit the Lotz House Foundation.
The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at the "epicenter" of the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on Nov. 30, 1864. The house has been open to the public as a Civil War house museum since Oct. 30, 2008.
The house is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue, across the street from The Carter House. For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit www.lotzhouse.com.
Ed Bearss Biography
Ed Bearss is an American icon. Chief Historian emeritus at the National Park Service, World War II veteran, and the father of modern day Civil War battlefield preservation, the Smithsonian recognized him in 2005 as one of thirty-five people who, along with such notables as Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and Wynton Marsalis, have immeasurably enriched our lives over the last quarter century. Now 91 years old, Bearss continues to pursue the one thing he has loved almost his entire life: history.
On the outside, he looks less than impressive with his patent t-shirt, walking cane, and baseball cap. He strikes the pose of the temperate grandfatherly figure to those who are fortunate to follow along on one of dozens of tours he leads each year.
Born in 1923 in Montana, he grew up on a cattle ranch just thirty-five miles from the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Much of his early education was acquired in a one-room school house on the upper Plains, a land of bitter winters and mild summers. During the Great Depression Bearss worked in the soil conservation program of the Agricultural Adjustment Act. He discovered his hunger to learn about history, however, at a young age, pouring over maps and pictures of wars, especially World War I. But his deep passion for the Civil War was aroused in the seventh grade after reading a biography on J.E.B. Stuart. He never looked back.
With the outbreak of World War II, Bearss was off to the Pacific as a young Marine. He was critically wounded in January 1944 at New Britain. Hospitalized for 26 months, the experience shaped his entire adult life and further whetted his appetite for history. Following the war he earned degrees from Georgetown and Indiana and entered the National Park Service in 1955. His first major NPS assignment was Vicksburg as Park Historian. Over the next ten years he started a family (his wife, Margie, was also an historian), added to the depth of knowledge on the Civil War in the West, and raised of the USS Cairo from the bottom of the Yazoo River. In 1966 he was moved to Washington D.C. which led eventually to the office of Chief Historian in 1981. During his long NPS career, he directed preservation and interpretive efforts at Fort Smith, Stones River, Fort Donelson, the battlefields around Richmond, Pea Ridge, Wilson's Creek, Bighorn Canyon, the Eisenhower Farm at Gettysburg, the gold miners' route over Chilkoot Pass, President Lyndon B. Johnson's Ranch, Fort Moultrie, Fort Point, William Howard Taft House, Fort Hancock at the Boston Navy Yard, and the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, just to name a few. With each, Bearss has a fascinating story to tell.
Since his retirement in 1995 he has become a champion of battlefield preservation, giving tours across the nation and around the world. Senators, Congressmen, business leaders, preservationists, and hundreds of thousands of others have been mesmerized over the decades by his oratory and memory of the American past. In the last several years Bearss has lost both his wife and eldest daughter. It has not deterred him in his long journey to tell the American story. He still lives in Arlington, Virginia, in the house he bought in 1968. It's estimated he is on the road over 200 days a year giving talks and leading tours. He is a living legend and leading voice on story of the American past.
National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss will host an exclusive Franklin Battlefield bus tour November 29 and 30 to commemorate t...
Dates: November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Times: breakfast 8:30am; bus departs at 9am and returns at 1pm Location: The Lotz House, 1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064 Contact: J.T. Thompson Phone: (615) 790-7190 Admission: $100 per person Recurrence: daily
Join us for the "Historian's Dinner with Ed Bearss" marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin November 29 and 30, 2014. Other historians joining Ed Bearss include Thomas Cartwright, Thomas Flagel, Jamie Gillum, Robert Hicks, Stephen M. "Sam" Hood, Eric Jacobson and Gregory Wade.
The evening will include a wine reception, an 1860s period dinner catered by Chef's Market, program led by Ed Bearss and participating historians as well as a special viewing of Civil War artifacts provided by Jim Hoobler of the Tennessee State Museum. The authors will also have their books for sale and will be on hand for autographs.
This two-night event will be held November 29 and 30 at the Eastern Flank Battle Park Hall. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets to the "Historian's Dinner with Ed Bearss" are $150 per person marking the 150th anniversary of the battle. Tables of 8 include an historian at each table which brings the cost for seven seats to a discounted total of $1,000. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 615-790-7190. All proceeds benefit the Lotz House Foundation, battlefield preservation and the Tennessee State Museum. Historian participation is subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.
Give blood! Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a voucher for a free tour of the historic home. To make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code Lotz19 or email J.T. Thompson at email@example.com.
Luminaries will be present along Columbia Pike, at Carter House, at Lotz House, and at several points on the battlefield in that area.
Luminaries will also be present at Carnton adjacent to the Confederate Cemetery.
The arrangement of the luminaries will be very different at both locations. Along Columbia Pike the luminaries will be scattered and random, and bunched in places, to reflect the chaos of that part of the field. The luminaries at Carnton will be in the block and square arrangements which have typified recent Illuminations.
Church bells will toll for five minutes downtown beginning at 4 pm
Ceremony at Carter House will begin around 4:05 pm
Mayor Ken Moore and Battle of Franklin Trust CEO will speak briefly
Ceremony at Carnton will begin at 4:45 pm
State Historian Carroll Van West and Heritage Foundation President and Franklin's Charge member Julian Bibb will speak briefly.
Battle of Franklin Trust CEO will close with final remarks.
Carter House and Carnton will open to the public free of charge at 5:30 pm
At 5 a.m. on Nov. 30, The Battle of Franklin Trust CEO and historian Eric A. Jacobson will lead a special, one of a kind tour of the Franklin battlefield beginning at the same time the Federal army began to arrive exactly 150 years earlier.
The tour will begin at The Carter House and cover the early hours of Nov. 30, 1864 as the Federal army began to arrive on the outskirts of Franklin and establish a defensive line. From there, the tour will shift to the arrival of the Confederate army and why the decision to attack was made.
Participants will be taken to at least six essential points of the battlefield and the tour will cover in detail how each location was crucial to the battle's outcome. The tour will also feature a visit to the location of a recent archaeological dig near the site of the Carter cotton gin, including a discussion of what was uncovered during the recent work there and the importance of the battlefield in that area.
The tour will begin at The Carter House visitor center and will last 90 to 120 minutes. Space is limited to 40 participants. The cost is $50 per person. Coffee and biscuits will be available at the beginning of the tour. Each attendee will receive an "I Saved the Battlefield" t-shirt and a special 1914 Reunion ribbon.
On the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, both Confederate and Union reenactors and others in civilian attire will converge on the Carter House. The March, organized by the SCV Sam Davis Camp 1293 and the SUVCW Fort Donelson Camp 62, honors all the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Franklin. Meeting at the Carter House signifies the unity of the Nation following the close of that war.
At 4 p.m., Nov. 30, 2014, men and women will assemble on Winstead Hill to be led by men in butternut or gray carrying the Confederate flag for a march to the Carter House. At the same time, another group will assemble at the Fort Granger sign in Pinkerton Park to be led by men in blue carrying the U.S. flag for their march to the Carter House. Those interested are welcome to watch the march or join in the march to the Carter House.
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.