The 8th Annual Raise the Roof event held at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin brought together 600 supporters. The non-profit partners with the City of Franklin to restore and enhance the park. It was at this annual event where supporters learned of a new way to beautify Harlinsdale Farms.
A new project on the horizon is the restoration of the Hayes House, the historic Victorian farmhouse that long served as the anchor home for the Harlin family at Harlinsdale. A campaign has been launched to complete the restoration of the Hayes House. Friends revealed that more than $100,000 had been raised toward the approximately $700,000 project – and that anyone with interest could get involved, one square foot at a time.
“People want to be a part of these important projects, and it costs about $200 per square foot to renovate a historic home in Franklin, so we’re selling square footage to our Friends,” said Torrey Barnhill, Friends of Franklin Parks executive director. “We can all ‘invest’ in a piece of the Hayes House – the ‘deed’ doesn’t come with any special privileges but the pride of knowing that we played a role in bringing it back to life.”
Once restored, the Hayes House could host special events, a fine art gallery, and offices to support the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Friends of Franklin Parks plans to release the full restoration plans in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in getting involved can reach Barnhill at [email protected].
All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s incredible park system. Those interested in making a contribution to or learning more about Friends of Franklin Parks can visit www.friendsoffranklinparks.org.