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Heritage Foundation Launches New Practical Preservation Series 

Heritage Foundation Launches New Practical Preservation Series 

Preservation Experts to Equip Local Historic Homeowners with Resources 

FRANKLIN, TN (March 4, 2022) – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN is excited to launch a new series for 2022 as a part of its commitment to educational programming, a three-part series entitled “Practical Preservation.”

Developed with local Williamson County historical homeowners in mind, the series will focus on specific aspects of maintaining and rehabilitating older, historical homes in preservation-minded ways.

Grace Abernethy, Architectural Conservator

The first event in this series will be held Monday, March 15, 2022, at the LeHew Magid Big House (Old, Old, Jail, 112 Bridge Street, Franklin, TN) at 6 p.m. in the second-floor board room. Architectural Conservator Grace Abernethy will discuss on “The Art of House Painting” focusing on historical painting techniques, colors, finishes, and maintenance guidelines for historic homeowners and preservation enthusiasts. With a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Clemson University and College of Charleston and over ten years’ experience, Grace Abernethy has studied and recreated finishes in historic buildings from New Hampshire to South Carolina to Middle Tennessee.

“Part of our mission is to provide educational opportunities for the community to learn and engage with historic preservation practices,” noted Rachael Finch, Senior Director of Preservation and Education for the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. “We know there are a growing number of people locally that own or work hands-on with historic properties, so a series that provides them with actionable tips for preserving these historic places was a natural extension of our program offerings.”

The series’ themes and slated dates for the remainder of 2022 include (speakers for each date to be announced):

  • May 19 – “Hospitality and History – Main Street Built on a Sense of Place”
  • August 16 – “Historic Home Renovations”

Registration for the March 15th Practical Preservation event is available now at, with limited seating.  Attendees are encouraged to register early. Additional Practical Preservation information will be available at

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Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre, the Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit