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Mary Pearce with Heritage Foundation Board of Directors

Franklin was not always the place to be as it is today.  There was a time when downtown Franklin was not so desirable.

Due to the hard work of the Heritage Foundation with Executive Director, Mary Pearce leading the charge for the last 30 years, Franklin has become a destination.

Heritage Foundation hosts Main Street Festival, Pumpkinfest, and Dickens of a Christmas and the monthly Franklin Art Scene free of charge to the community.

In addition, there are several fundraising events throughout the year-Three Blind Vines, Historic Home Tour, Brewfest, and the Heritage Ball.

Mary Pearce, Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation, was awarded The Presidential Award, the highest honor possible by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This award is given to honor a career in historic preservation.

We sat down with Pearce to talk about how she got started with the Heritage Foundation, highlights of her time spent as Executive Director and what’s next for Pearce, which she tells us is not retirement but another adventure.

Thanks to Mary Pearce for taking time to talk with us and for all of the hard work and efforts you’ve put into preserving the Franklin community.  It is a better place to live, eat, and shop because of your efforts along with the Heritage Foundation.

A formal party for Pearce will be set and announced at a later date.  Keep checking back here for more details.

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