With the Sesquicentennial approaching, the City of Franklin Parks Department is launching an audio cell phone tour for Franklin Historic Parks. The tour is only a phone call away and is available in Spanish too. You can also call from your car, home or the classroom.
Just call (615) 216-1597 and follow directions to hear about 11 historic sites dispersed among 10 of Franklin’s parks. Even better go to the site and listen to the tour as you walk the grounds. “This self guided tour has already had more than a hundred calls from visitors as far away as California,” said Park Director Lisa Clayton. “This is a great way for visitors to learn the history of the area, and also a wonderful way for our department to track the visitors to our parks.”
Parks Included Are
Assault on the Cotton Gin
Rest Haven Cemetery
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
Fort Granger/Roper’s Knob
Eastern Flank Battle Park
Pictured L-R in group photo: J.T. Thompson, Thomas Flagel, Sam Gant, (Deanna Scheffel behind Mr. Gant) Alderman Michael Skinner, Sam Whitson, Lisa Clayton-Parks Director, Amanda Hall Perservation Planner City of Franklin, Sam Huffman. Those who are not aldermen or city staff are on the Battlefield Preservation Commission.
“The Battlefield Preservation Commission believes that the Historic Parks Audio Tour reinforces our mission by connecting these powerful stories and providing interpretation to anyone who wants it, whether it’s a park visitor or someone who lives entire states away.” said Battlefield Preservation Commission Vice-Chair Sam Whitson
The cell phone tour is free but normal user rates for your carrier apply. Local talent is responsible for the narratives throughout the audio tours. A special thanks goes out to all of those who helped make this happen, including: Mary Pearce, Eric Jacobson, Robert Huff, Sergio Guerra, Margie Thessin, Thomas Flagel and Jim Hayes, and to Thomas Flagel for writing the scripts.