Battlefield Commission endorses adding McLemore House, Hard Bargain to cell phone tours
By Pam Horne, Managing Editor
Expansion of the Battle of Franklin cell phone tour to include two African American historical sites—The McLemore House and Hard Bargain area of Franklin—was endorsed last week by the city’s Battlefield Preservation Commission.
Leadership Franklin class participants are spearheading the project to be launched in anticipation of battle’s upcoming sesquicentennial anniversary in November.
Lisa Clayton, parks director and LF class member, presented the idea to the commission, as well as an informational “rack card” that will be featured in hotels and various business and public locations to promote the cell phone tour.
Grant funding from Pinnacle Bank and the Williamson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has made it possible “to share the story” behind Franklin’s private and public historical sites, Clayton said.
In related news, this Thursday night, Feb. 20, the Hard Bargain Association (HBA) will hold its sixth annual fundraiser at The Factory at Franklin, Building 8, to promote the continued redevelopment work of this historic area of the city.
The Celebration Dinner, which includes a silent auction and appetizers at 6:30 p.m., will feature entertainment by Jason Eskridge. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 591-0504 or for more information visit www.hardbargain.org.
The event, sponsored by JLB and Pinnacle Financial Partners, has also received support from Solomon Builders BancorpSouth, Journey, HCA TriStar Health, ProHealth, Merryman-Farrar, LLC, Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club and ProMedia Tours.
The mission of HBA is to impact lives and preserve the Hard Bargain neighborhood by rehabbing homes, building quality affordable housing and enriching the lives of our neighbors.
Posted on: 2/17/2014