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Franklin Civil War Project Gaining National Attention

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Franklin Civil War Project Gaining National Attention

CREATED May 30, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, a land reclamation project is underway in Williamson County, and it's gaining national attention.

The Battle of Franklin took place on November 30, 1864. Thousands of tourists have been projected to descend upon the City of Franklin later this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary.

All this week, Franklin city employees have been flanking Main Street and hanging banners to commemorate the battle that put Franklin on the Civil War map.

"We recently did a study and found that the number one people come here is for the history,” said Deborah Marnick with the Williamson County Visitors Bureau.

The banners have been small part of the overall Civil War push leading up to the anniversary. It’s all part of a Civil War land reclamation project that’s gaining national attention.

Land near the historic Carter House on Columbia Avenue has also been reclaimed and while it may never look quite the same as it did 150-years-ago, it is being transformed for history's sake.

"From what I understand, we're the only city in America doing it right now -- from what the Civil War trust has told us,” said Stacey Suzanne Watson with Franklin Charge.

Getting the almost 20 acres of land in the heart of downtown Franklin has taken a lot of time and cooperation. Now, it's coming together just in time for the tourists.

"This is really going to change, I think, the visitor experience. We have a lot to offer and that's what we want -- to give people a great experience when they come here,” Watson said.

So a bloody battle that lasted only hours, more than 100-years-ago, has left a legacy and a draw that will last forever.