By CHARLES PULLIAMA couple dozen eager helpers assisted city staff to clean up and beautify Fort Granger during the 17th Annual Civil War Trust Park Day Saturday.
A group of volunteers teamed up with staff from the Franklin Parks Department Saturday to cleanup Fort Granger Park.
The work was part of the Civil War Trust’s 17th Annual Park Day, which offers the opportunity to raise awareness of Civil War related historic places while beautifying the sites. Volunteers planted trees, removed brush and spread mulch along the trail that outlines the fort.
“We try to do as much as we can, but it’s awesome to have people out here,” said James Bilbo, a city landscape worker. “We enjoy having people out here helping us … it makes our job a lot easier.”
Lisa Clayton, Parks Department director, said the work is part of the transformation of the site in preparation of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin for November of next year.
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Clayton said the entrance off Eddy Lane will be the main entrance to Fort Granger. Much of the work Saturday included this area. Volunteers planted eastern red ceder and redbud trees. A wooden fence was added by the department earlier in the year, Clayton said.
Todd Snackenberg, city arborist, said the volunteers enthusiasm has been overwhelming.
“You just get this sense that everyone wants to help,” he said. “It’s crazy the support we have and the turnouts we get.”
For Marlene Garcia, one of the volunteers Saturday, extra credit in Mr. Thomas Flagel’s history class at Columbia State Community College was just a bonus.
Garcia spent most of her time spreading mulch around the trail that outlines the old fort abutments.
“We’re helping out a lot and helping it become a better place for people to visit,” she said. “You’re helping out save a part of history.”
Charles Pulliam is a reporter for Franklin Home Page. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @cspulliam.