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The Battle of Franklin Trust will deliver a lecture featuring discussion on the future of The Battle of Franklin Trust and battlefield reclamation at 6 pm on Oct. 29 at The Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation. The lecture will focus on the future of the Battle of Franklin Trust, including discussion about the recent votes by the boards of Carnton and The Carter House to merge into the Trust.

“The Battle of Franklin Trust has an especially promising future,” said Eric Jacobson, CEO of the Battle of Franklin Trust. “The merging of all three boards into one will create a unified platform and allow a vision to unfold that will further expand Franklin’s story.”

Plans to outline future strategies for battlefield reclamation will be discussed. Retail shops, restaurants and residential property sit on historic pieces of battlefield along Columbia Avenue. Battlefield reclamation aims to purchase existing property and restore the battlefield to its original state.

In addition, a new visitor center at The Carter House will serve as an anchor in this area and allow even more tourists to flow into the Franklin community. Jacobson will cover some of the details of this impressive project and an overall master plan. Both are unfolding in conjunction with the Tennessee Historical Commission, and will help to define the future of the battlefield in the Columbia Pike area.

[quote font_size=”16″ bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]“Battlefield reclamation is vital to our mission at the Battle of Franklin Trust. Julian is an expert on this topic, and we are glad he plays such a vital role,” commented Jacobson. “Continuing to reclaim and restore these parcels of land on which so many men fought and died for is crucial.”[/quote]

Julian Bibb has been highly regarded and awarded for his work in battlefield reclamation and preservation. An experienced and accomplished attorney by trade, Bibb is passionate about his community. In addition to helping found Franklin’s Charge, he has been recognized for his many civic contributions. In 2015, Bibb received the Williamson County Impact Award from the Nashville Business Journal for his commitment to the Williamson County community. He received this same award in 2007 and 2014. He also received the Patron’s award from The Heritage Foundation of Franklin. This award is its highest honor for historic preservation.

Eric Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored three books, “For Cause & For Country,” “The McGavock Confederate Cemetery” and “Baptism of Fire.”

Jacobson has a deep interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. He has worked for over a decade in Franklin’s historic community and assisted a variety of organizations, from Franklin’s Charge to the Civil War Trust to the City of Franklin, in their efforts to preserve, reclaim, and interpret critical portions of both battlefields.

The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are encouraged in order to ensure appropriate seating. For more information, contact Brittany Mayfield at (615) 794-0903 or

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