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Mayor Ken Moore to proclaim October Paint the Town Orange Month

(FRANKLIN, Tenn.) – The Heritage Foundation, along with the Downtown Franklin Association, Visit Franklin and the City of Franklin, invite the public to mask up and wear orange for the Paint the Town Orange kick-off event, including the unveiling of the Heritage Foundation’s signature Pumpkin Tree on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Public Square, in front of Franklin City Hall.

Mayor Ken Moore will be in attendance to help the Heritage Foundation kick-off the event by placing the last pumpkin on the Pumpkin Tree and proclaiming October “Paint the Town Orange Month,” followed by live comments from the Mayor and Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley. The event will also include a pop-up t-shirt printing station by Twine Graphics to debut the official Paint the Town Orange t-shirts and mask. Events subject to change.

“We are so excited to be able to host a family-friendly, socially distanced event in Historic Franklin’s Main Street district,” said Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley. “We cannot wait to showcase all the hard work that our city and downtown merchants have put into making Paint the Town Orange a huge success.”

Franklin will be aglow all month long with shades of orange everywhere including the Heritage Foundation’s iconic Pumpkin Tree, family-friendly fall photo backdrops and seasonal activations throughout downtown Franklin.

Every week will include fun activities, online costume contests and special merchant promotions. Various downtown merchants will host pumpkin carvers, special window decorations, Halloween-themed events and more. Fall photo backdrops will be located at the Pumpkin Tree in Public Square, the antique truck on Main Street, on 4th Street and in front of the Old, Old Jail. For more information and a detailed list of activations, please visit

The Paint the Town Orange t-shirts are available for pre-order until Oct. 4. To purchase your commemorative Paint the Town Orange shirt or mask, please visit

The Heritage Foundation thanks FirstBank for being the presenting sponsor of Paint the Town Orange.


About the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN

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. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 school children each year through the Heritage Classroom program as well as walking tours of downtown Franklin. 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