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Historic Moments
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Discover the new destination for revealing our past and reveling in the present.

A distinct gathering place to make your events historic.

Discover the new destination for revealing our past and reveling in the present.

The History & Culture Center of Williamson County, TN is a destination for revealing our past and reveling in the present. As Williamson County's first permanent, interactive exhibition space dedicated to telling its comprehensive county-wide history, the Center will honor and share stories of the people and places that comprise the fabric of our community today.

Housed within a National Register of Historic Places building dating to 1905, the Center preserves, interprets, and exhibits artifacts and immersive narratives related to the social, economic, and cultural history of the county's regional and national influence. The current plans are for the Center to open its exhibits in mid 2023.

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To sustain the Center's nonprofit endeavors, this beautifully restored, 6,000-square-foot, three-story building is available for private event use. Located just a couple blocks from the square in historic Downtown Franklin, and across the street from The Harpeth Hotel, the Center doubles as an exclusive event venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and more.

A charming and distinct multi-configurable setting for any event, the Center's brick walls, hardwood floors, tall windows, and fireplaces serve as the perfect backdrop for your important occasion. The Center is available for private events now.

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(Native American History Month continues)

@OldTownTN is a 41-acre archaeological site in Williamson County, TN. Nestled along the Harpeth Branch of the Old Natchez Trace, a two-thousand-year-old trail spanning from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi, Old Town was once a vibrant community and ceremonial location developed by highly equipped, sophisticated, and intelligent people, and was once the most densely populated areas east of the Mississippi River during the prehistoric era. Remarkable history occurred on this hallowed ground, including the ancient civilization of the Mississippian culture as early as AD 1050 to 1200 and abandoned between AD 1450-1475.  With great intentionality and design for the center of government and religion, the townspeople took pride in their two large earthen pyramids (known as the temple mounds) as part of the larger temples and the palatial residence for the ruling family of the town. 

With increased settlement of the region following the American Revolutionary War, the U.S. military constructed a dry-stacked stone bridge in 1801, crossing Brown’s Creek, to assist in moving people and goods along the Natchez Trace. By 1846, Thomas Brown lived on the property and constructed the vernacular Greek Revival home that still stands today. Even the Civil War left its mark on the property, with the Battle of Franklin occurring not too far away. According to the Old Town website, an account written in 1950 states, “Grandma Brown and the children stood tensely on the upstairs porch during the bloody Battle of Franklin and with saddened and anxious hearts listened with dismay to the booming cannons and the rattle of musketry, while wounded and straggling troops passed along the road.” 

Old Town as well as the Natchez Trace Stone Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, former U.S. Senator Dr. Bill Frist and his wife Tracy Frist are exemplary stewards of the property, its history, and its culture. To learn more about Old Town, its history, all people, and ongoing preservation, go to https://buff.ly/3hIepCz. 

(pictured: Old Town, the Thomas Brown House, during the Bicentennial 1976, WCHS)
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In March 2013, the Middle Tennessee State University archaeology program, supervised by the TN Department of Archaeology, conducted National Register eligibility testing, the first legitimate excavation since 1879. Once intact layers of the original mound surface were located, identified, and recorded, all excavations stopped, and the archaeologists filled in the test units. In 2014, the Tennessee Ancient Sites Conservancy funded a Tennessee Historical Commission marker placed at the Glass Mounds Site. And on January 28, 2015, the State National Register Review Board approved its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination was then approved by the National Park Service on June 4, 2015, as The Glass Mounds Discontinuous Archaeological District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

PLEASE NOTE: due to the fragility of the site, people are discouraged from visiting the mound because of rough ground surfaces, and to respect this burial site.
November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month. By acknowledging and recognizing indigenous presence of the past and present, we may ensure the history and culture of all indigenous peoples are respected, valued, and preserved. 

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The Glass Mounds Native American burial site is situated off modern-day New Highway 96 and wrapped by the Westhaven Golf Course. Originally constructed around 200 A.D during the Woodland Period, its location near the West Harpeth River, provided for a large Native town site that contained four large mounds, standing between eight to twenty feet tall. The site became well known to locals for decades and was significantly impacted by phosphate mining and looting. Excavations conducted in 1875 by W.M. Clark and again in 1879 by Edwin Curtiss for the Peabody Museum at Harvard and the Smithsonian Institute revealed copper artifacts, demonstrating trade between Tennessee and the Ohio Valley. Today, two mounds remain and are protected. 

In 2001, Southern Land Company revealed plans for Westhaven. During meetings with members of the local Native American community, the Alliance for Native American Indian Rights, the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs, the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, and the developers committed to protect and preserve the site, expressing a desire to utilize it as an educational resource as well as placing it on the National Register of Historic Places. Southern Land Company commissioned an archaeological survey of the entire project area, including the Glass Mounds. The final survey report recommended fully avoiding any ground disturbing activities around each mound. Southern Land Company honored their commitment to protect the site, erecting a construction barrier around each mound to ensure non disruption. Southern Land Company transferred a conservation easement on the Glass Mounds Site to the Tennessee Ancient Sites Conservancy, a preservation-minded organization that includes Native American representation on its board. By 2012, volunteers partnered with Tennessee Department of Archaeology, removing heavy brush and undergrowth from the mounds.
Last Call for Thursday's 8PM Paranormal Tour of two historic Jails courtesy of @TennesseeParanormalGhostTours - Only a few spots remain
Enjoy the comforts of home while experiencing the National Trust for Historic Preservation's virtual conference, Nov. 1-4. Huddle with people across the globe online during PastFoward: the nation’s premier conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places.  Get access to on-demand sessions too.
#historicpreservation #pastforward22
Serious about October? Prove it by taking this late-night walk through Franklin's historic jailhouses. Hear about their dark past and current hauntings as the old buildings creak and pop with the lingering energy of former "guests" with @franklinwalkingtours 
https://buff.ly/3yAHdlV
Headed to @PilgrimageFestival  this weekend and looking for a convenient place to park away from the crowd? $20 parking is available at our lots at 108 and 112 Bridge Street - a quick one mile walk to Harlinsdale.
With news that we're now open for private events...The History & Culture Center is giving away a Free Event to one Williamson County nonprofit. Get the details and submit your entry here:
https://williamsonhistorycenter.org/contact/contest-entry/

#nonprofit #franklintn #williamsoncountytn #fundraisers #corporateevents #fundraisingevent
Places are set...
Love this shot capturing one of the beautiful chandeliers.