3 Things to Know About Tour of Homes

Now in its 40th year, the Heritage Foundation Annual Tour of Homes invites the public inside historic residences, commercial structures and notable examples of sensitive infill within historic districts on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th. The event acts as a fundraiser for the non-profit preservation organization, and underscores the importance of protecting the architectural and cultural heritage of Williamson County.

J. Edward and Brenda Campbell, a husband-wife team of real estate brokers in Franklin, have been named as chairs for the 2015 event. They say the benefit’s theme this year is “Experience History Beyond the Door,” and will expand past personal homes into historic sites that also have rich stories to tell.

Here are 3 things to know about this year’s event:

1.  In this year’s tour, you can see two log cabins. One log cabin pre-dates the City of Franklin, which was established in 1799.

2. See local interior designer’s home, Eric Ross, and how he built a new home to look like it had been there for years in a sought after historic section of Franklin.

3. In addition to the  six personal homes, the featured historic properties are just as exciting: the Masonic Lodge, for example, is the oldest public building in Franklin and the oldest Masonic Hall in continuous use in the state. The Five Points Post Office (also home to FirstBank) is an important part of the City of Franklin’s commerce, and at Rest Haven Cemetery you’ll hear a Civil War-era mayor speak at his own grave.

Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets to the one of a kind event. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and are good for the weekend of June 6th and 7th. Tour hours are generally 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special hours for Rest Haven Cemetery and Historic First Presbyterian Church. Purchase tickets at Historic Franklin.

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