“Battle of Franklin Trust Forms Strategic Alliance withThe Heritage Foundation”

The Battle of Franklin Trust has formed a strategic alliance with The Heritage Foundation which hosts Dickens of a Christmas.  Fifth Third Bank presents The Carter House Annual Candlelight Tour December 11th and 12th to coincide with The Heritage Foundation’s “Dickens of a Christmas,” making this is the first time both events are held on the same weekend.

The Carter House Candlelight Tour will showcase nine historic Franklin homes, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Philip Catholic Church which will be celebrating its 140th year, Franklin Flower Shop and The Carter House.
Tour participants will also see Santa Claus spreading holiday cheer from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on West Main and Fair streets on both nights of the tour.

Below you will find the complete list of the tour:

1. The Carter House
1140 Columbia Avenue

2. The Franklin Flower Shop
1152 Columbia Avenue (Saturday Night Only)

3. St. Philip Catholic Church
113 Second Avenue South

4. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
510 West Main Street (Saturday Night only)

5. Stites and Harbison
604 West Main Street (Refreshment Stop)

6. Campbell-Westbrook House
819 West Main Street

1. Mapledene
908 West Main Street

2. LilliHouse
930 West Main Street

3. Whitehall
1101 West Main Street

4.  Vaughan-Maher House
1014 Fair Street

5.  Courtney-Sheridan House
1006 Fair Street

6.  Page-Hardcastle House
904 Fair Street

7. Galeenie Hall
901 Fair Street

8. The House of Stone
704 Fair Street

The Carter House started this Franklin tradition 38 years ago and each year brings new life to the evening tours.  This year, in addition to the traditional Carter House tour, guests will be able to walk into nine historic homes along West Main Street and Fair Street.

In making the announcement, The Battle of Franklin Trust Chairman Marianne Schroer said, “We have joined forces with The Heritage Foundation to bring two of Franklin’s Christmas traditions together for a fabulous visitor experience.  Following ‘Dickens,’ guests can visit a neighborhood of decorated historic homes to punctuate a true, nostalgic Christmas.”

Dickens of a Christmas is a free Victorian-themed street festival that features more than 250 costumed characters re-enacting scenes from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and other stories.  There are also period street musicians and Victorian-themed food, arts and crafts filling Franklin’s historic Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues. Hours of the street festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  The Carter House Candlelight Tour will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and starts at The Carter House with refreshments.  Then, guests may set their own pace visiting the churches and nine featured homes.  Guests may visit the sites in any order and are encouraged to drop by Stites and Harbison to warm up with refreshments.

Ticket prices are $20 in advance or $25 the night of the tour for adults.  Senior tickets are $20 and children’s ages 6 – 12 are $10.  Military two-for-one tickets are also available.  Advance tickets may be purchased at The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and online at www.battleoffranklintrust.org.  Other participants will be announced at a later date.
This joint event will serves as a main fundraiser for the Battle of Franklin Trust that manages Carnton Plantation and The Carter House. The Carter House, completed in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, is a wonderful example of Federal style architecture in an antebellum farm home.

The house was caught in some of the bloodiest hours of the Civil War during the Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864, and still bears the marks of the bullet damage today. Four original structures from the once nearly 300 acre farm still stand at the site today as the most battle damaged buildings from the Civil War.
The Carter House and Carnton Plantation are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Learn more at www.battleoffranklintrust.org.

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) (3) management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle.  It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.  Learn more at www.battleoffranklintrust.org or call 615-786-1864.  The e-mail address is info@battleoffranklintrust.org.

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