Heritage Foundation publishes its 2022 list of historic sites to save

Creekside – photo by Heritage Foundation

The Williamson County, TN Heritage Foundation announced at the recent 5th Annual Preservation Symposium the properties considered most at risk in the county and the efforts to help preserve them. The preservation outreach program, Sites to Save, is designed as a tool to help the community partner with the Heritage Foundation in its efforts to raise awareness of Williamson County’s significant historical, cultural, geographic and archaeological resources at risk. . These resources can include buildings, structures, cemeteries, historic districts, archaeological sites, natural and cultural landscapes.

“To continue fulfilling our mission to save and share historic places and stories across our county, we are proud to continue our Sites to Save program for a second year,” said Bari Beasley, President and Chief. of the management of the Heritage Foundation. “This year’s list includes sites from the 2021 Watch List as well as major historic corridors facing rapid development. Historic preservation has long been important in Williamson County and its towns, and our organization appreciates the need to bring attention to these areas to ensure that progress and heritage are harnessed responsibly in tandem so that future generations can benefit from it.

To compile the list, the Heritage Foundation accepted online nominations this spring. Individuals, preservation organizations, downtown and neighborhood revitalization organizations, historic societies, historic road associations, local governments and other interested parties were all eligible to submit nominations, which were then reviewed. reviewed by the organization’s Preservation and Advocacy Committee and staff curators. Properties will remain on the list each year until the threat is mitigated or the property is preserved. The main benefit of the endangered list is public awareness, advocacy and action.

The properties on the 2022 Sites to Safeguard list are:

  • Franklin Historic Masonic HallFranklin, TN
  • Trace of old Natchez – Vaughn Road Segment, Franklin, TN
  • burns farmArrington, TN
  • Natchez Historic DistrictFranklin, TN
  • Gaylor HouseFranklin, TN
  • Streamside propertyFranklin, TN
  • Beard grocery store and marketFranklin, TN
  • Frierson-Voorhies CemeteryBrentwood, TN
  • Daniel McMahon HouseFranklin, TN
  • Historic Corridor of NolensvilleNolensville, TN

“For fifty-five years and counting, the Heritage Foundation has continued to defend the preservation of our historical and cultural resources. This year’s list illustrates the diverse history of Williamson County and the ongoing development realities facing many of our resources. From ties to the county’s early pioneer settlers at Daniel McMahon’s home to American Indian removal negotiations at the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall to the legacy of Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement at Gaylor House, a Green Book site, represent tangible elements of connections to our collective past that, if lost, would result in irreplaceable community assets that would tell a complete story,” said Rachael Finch, Senior Director of Preservation and education. “Being included on the Heritage Foundation’s list of places to save can have a profound and lasting influence in bringing organizations and individuals together to take an advanced, solutions-based approach to advocating for the saving of places and stories. of our county.”

The Heritage Foundation hopes the list of sites to save will help raise awareness of the historic sites around them, as well as educate newcomers to the area. To learn more about the sites and how to get involved, visit www.WilliamsonHeritage.org/Sites to register. The announcement of Places to Save 2022 coincides with National Preservation Month, a time to get involved and show appreciation for the places we cherish across our country. To donate to the Foundation’s preservation efforts, including supporting the Sites to Save program, visit www.WilliamsonHeritage.org/Make a donation.

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