Participants tour reclaimed battlefield sites in Franklin
On May 14th TCWPA conducted its first Battlefield Preservation Tour in Franklin. Unlike the popular Three-Star tours, the preservation tour focused on the challenges and successes of acquiring historic property in a developed urban landscape. Participants on this tour visited four recently purchased and reclaimed critical sites on the Franklin Battlefield. After opening remarks by Eric Jacobson, CEO of the Battle of Franklin Trust, tour leader Julian Bibb, with assistance from Brian Walker of the Franklin City Parks, discussed the challenges of acquisition and reclamation of key battlefield property. TCWPA Vice President Sam Huffman and historian Jim Ogden provided supporting comments about the battle events that occurred at each site. President Joe Smyth thanked the entire tour team including the Save the Franklin Battlefield volunteers who assisted with the tour and two generous TCWPA members who funded the City of Franklin’s trolley used for the tour.