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Franklin Battlefield Update

Franklin Battlefield Update

Reclamation on East Side of Columbia Will Become Part of 20-Acre Downtown Park

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A decade-long effort that began with the demolition of a Pizza Hut on the east side of Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin, Tennessee is culminating in the removal of a former Domino’s Pizza building next week. Now the public is being invited to celebrate the reclamation with one last slice of pizza.

Parcel by parcel, preservationists in partnership with the City of Franklin have purchased and cleared seven tracts that comprise core battlefield, where the Carter Cotton Gin stood during the Battle of Franklin. On the other side of Columbia Avenue, final fundraising efforts are underway to secure approximately three acres adjacent to the Carter House. All told, Carter Hill Battlefield Park will comprise 20 acres, within walking distance of downtown Franklin.

Wednesday at 11 a.m., supporters will gather to witness the start of demolition on the old Domino’s building, and reflect on the unprecedented success in battlefield reclamation that has occurred in Franklin.

  • WHO:  John Schroer, Commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Transportation, Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor, City of Franklin, Dr. Caroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian, Patrick McIntyre, Director, Tennessee Historical Commission, Mike Grainger, Chairman, Civil War Trust and Other special guests
  • WHAT: A ceremony recognizing the reclamation of seven parcels of core battlefield property on the east side of Columbia Avenue that will become part of the 20-acre Carter Hill Battlefield Park. A backhoe will  begin the demolition of the old Domino’s Pizza building, and the public is invited to enjoy one last slice of pizza on the site.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.  
  • WHERE: 1225 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064
  • WHY: The effort to reclaim the Franklin battlefield started in 2005, and has since gained national recognition for its unprecedented success.                                                          

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