The McLemore House Museum in Franklin will be staying open longer hours beginning Thursday as a result of the ongoing partnership between The Battle of Franklin Trust and the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County.
The extended hours of the museum will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, increasing from having been open only on Saturdays.
Alma McLemore, president of the African American Heritage Society, said the new hours will broaden the visitors’ experience and allow for greater awareness of the McLemore House Museum.
“The Board of Directors and founding board members of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson are excited and encouraged by the partnership agreement with the Battle of Franklin Trust to manage the tours for the McLemore House Museum,” McLemore said.
“It will allow more hours for the museum to be open as well as enable a better opportunity to tell the complete story by providing more marketing tools and generating more awareness of the great treasure we have here in Franklin. The days of calling founder Mary Mills for tours are over (her home phone was listed to call for tours), and she is very happy about that!”
The house was built in 1880 in the Hard Bargain neighborhood by former slave Harvey McLemore, and is the oldest remaining African American-owned home in Franklin.
The partnership between the BOFT and the AAHS enables collaboration and unity as groups researching interpret Williamson County history and tell a complete story. The African American Heritage Society views its commitment to the museum to promote cultural and historical preservation, encourage tourism, create family legacies, and educate the public about the rich black heritage of Franklin and Williamson County.
“The Board of Directors of The Battle of Franklin Trust is pleased and excited to strengthen our cooperation with The African-American Heritage Society through the McLemore House Museum,” said Gary Rosenthal, board chair.“We are confident that our mutual commitment to historical preservation, interpretation and education will help us champion the broader story of those whose voices need to be heard.”
The McLemore House Museum is located at 446 11th Ave. Tour tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6 to 15 and children under 5 are free. Group tours are available by appointment only.