The final piece of the puzzle, a house that spent its final years as a flower shop on Columbia Avenue, underwent demolition Thursday to make way for Carter Hill Battlefield Park.
The flower shop business moved to a new location, but no suitable offers came in to remove the house.
According to Heritage Foundation historian Rick Warwick, the house once sat on the Carter House property. Warwick said in 1896, Col. M.B. Carter traded his farm for property in Triune owned by Mr. Mullins.
“Mullins sold the Carter House and adjoining land soon after to O.E. Daniels of Ohio,” Warwick said. “In 1910 O.E. Daniels sold 3.75 acres south of the Carter House to J.H. Truett for $2,800. In 1911, Truett sold the lot next to the Carter House, to F.B. Brumbach, Jr. for $1,500. In 1919, Brumbach sold to J.H. Porter the lot and new house for $5,500.”
The property later changed hands to tobacco man and one-time Franklin mayor Asa Jewell for $7,000. During the Jewell family occupancy, the backyard and an outbuilding served as a gathering place for local teenagers. In 1956, the Asa Jewell family moved to the Winstead Place, where O’More School of Design is located today. Following the Jewells’ residence, it became the flower and gift shop.
Other houses atop Carter Hill Battlefield Park ended up being moved.
Sharon McNeely and her husband, John, had a house moved from its Franklin location in May 2014 to a patch of land 45 minutes down Highway 31 in Lynnville.
The house renovations finished in early 2015 after months of work to bring the 1860s-era home back to its original state. Once a soft blue, the structure used to sit off of Columbia Avenue near Domino’s pizza, which also was removed from battlefield land.
Moving the house became one of the catalysts for the Carter Hill Battlefield Park, a project meant to restore the land that soldiers fought on during the Battle of Franklin.
The Reid Lovell property came at high price of $2.8 million, but one well-worth it for Battle of Franklin advocates who want to preserve the land where the Union and Confederacy fought one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War.
Near the end of 2015, American Battlefield Protection Program $1.3 million for Carter Hill Battlefield Park, a 20-acre stretch of land encircling the Carter House. The Battle of Franklin Trust deeded the parcel of land over to the City of Franklin back in March 2016.