Battlefield Commission talks Old, Old Jail, greenways


Battlefield Commission talks Old, Old Jail, greenways

The future of the Old, Old Jail and a potential greenway were the primary items of discussion during Tuesday morning’s Franklin Battlefield Preservation Commission meeting.

The future of the Old, Old Jail and a potential greenway were the primary items of discussion during Tuesday morning’s Franklin Battlefield Preservation Commission meeting.

Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation, updated the organization and discussed her group still needs $500,000 in fundraising money for a full restoration of the building.

“We don’t just always focus on battlefield [initiatives] and try to do everything we can for [everyone] as much as it is feasibly possible,” Pearce said. “We have not raised all the money for this project though.”

In efforts to have that funding, the foundation will sell replica jail keys for $1,000 that can be paid during the next two years, she said.

A Parks and Recreation Department official also revealed that that agency had received a $30,000 grant for signage for Fort Grainger and had been contacted by a woman who wanted to donate a Civil War era couch.

The local area Daughters of the American Revolution also asked the Parks Department if they could develop a partnership with and the preservation committee. DAR participants want to restore cemeteries and restore the gates back their original condition.

Lisa Clayton, director of Parks and Recreation, also relayed her desire to eventually see a greenway connect Fort Grainger to Eastern Flank Park. She said the city was working on a survey to see how possible it would be to make that happen.

“We’ve seen a grassroots effort for the greenway,” she said. “If you parked your car, you want to be able to walk the whole way.”

The commission will watch the former Domino’s Pizza building on Columbia Avenue be razed at 11 a.m. on April 22.

The next Battlefield Preservation Commission will be at 7:30 sa.m. on May 14 at city hall. Its members serve as a board that speaks to the Board of Mayor and Alderman and city administration regarding saving sites related to every aspect of the Civil War within the limits of Franklin.

Emily West covers Franklin for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter at emwest22.

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