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History repeats Chapmans Pie Wagon to return to the Square

If you’ve been around Franklin since it wasn’t so fashionable, you might remember the original Chapman’s Pie Wagon and their tasty treats. One might say they were among the original food trucks.

Though those days are long gone … fast-forward to this weekend’s annual Dickens of a Christmas festival and you’ll be able to see the modern-day pie wagon on the Public Square – if only for two days, it will bring a tear of nostalgia to some, no doubt.

Chapman’s Pie Wagon II proprietors husband and wife team Gwen and Dan Perkins are so excited about the historic significance of this weekend’s location that they are giddy.

“After 64 years Chapman’s returns to the Square,” Dan said. “We are thrilled. We are just so excited about the historical aspect of it all. It’s history repeating itself all over again.”

Chapman’s is a meeting place and we are very pleased to provide a place where great friendships are developed over lunch. For a little more than a year, the retired couple have been serving up homemade lunchables from their location next to Landmark Booksellers – an off-street site due to city regulations.

This weekend, in deference to Dickens, Dan said, “we’ll be serving scones with Devonshire sauce, wassail – a non-alcoholic version – bread pudding with whiskey sauce, pimento cheese and chicken salad.

Gwen and Dan are very pleased with the reception they have had over the past year and three months. “We count many of our customers among our dear, dear friends,” Gwen said.

“We are so thankful to the folks in Franklin and those from near and far who have visited us for lunch. We hope to see everyone on the Square this weekend as we take what we call a place of honor in the Square during Dickens of a Christmas. It’s like going backwards and forwards in time in the same moment,” Dan said.



Posted on: 12/7/2012


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