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Cemetery stone preservation underway

The Next Generation Heritage Foundation (Next Gen) is heading up efforts to rebuild a bit of Franklin history.  
In conjunction with the Dry Stone Conservancy (DSC), the arm of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is hosting a Dry Stone workshop Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 to both educate participants and teach them a specific restoration process. 
The two-day workshop will guide aspiring stonemasons in rehabilitating the walls of Rest Haven cemetery on Fourth Avenue North.
Attendees will learn the basics of dry stone masonry, an architectural feature that is a hallmark of Tennessee and Kentucky. 
“It’s not often that we literally get to lay the foundation for historic preservation in our community, and to make an impact that will benefit future generations here in Franklin,” said Sean Carroll, Next Gen president. “Rest Haven is the final resting spot for such notable Franklinites as Tod Carter, so we are honored to help restore this hallowed ground.”
Rest Haven has been the site of previous restoration work, most recently in 2007 when the Heritage Foundation and DSC partnered on a similar rehabilitation project. Since then the City of Franklin Parks Department has assumed responsibility for the upkeep of the historic cemetery, and is now partnering with Next Gen on this upcoming project.
Restoration funding announced
The City of Franklin has been awarded a $5,160 state grant to assist in the preservation of two pre-Civil War cemeteries, Gov. Bill Haslam announced recently.
Both the Rest Haven Cemetery and the Franklin City Cemetery, located on Third Avenue, North, near the site of the Hillsboro Road construction, are slated for a facelift. 
Preservationist planner Amanda Hall will focus her attention on using the grant funds to increase preservation efforts for the cemeteries. 
 “These grants help facilitate the protection and revitalization of Tennessee’s treasured historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods—places that make our state unique,” Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of the state Historical Commission said.
This grant is part of a larger $600,000 grant made available through the U.S. Department of Interior under the provisions of the Natural Historic Preservation Act. 
The grant requires the City to provide a 40 percent share of the funding.

Posted on: 9/25/2013


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