Storms Damage Historic Building At Harlinsdale Farm In Franklin
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The severe storms Thursday night seriously damaged a historic building at a Franklin park.
Parks Department officials said they were evaluating the damage at the Power House shed at the The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, a Franklin City park located across from the Factory. The park was still open, but the public was asked not to go beyond the roped off areas.
"This Power House has been on the Farm since the 1930's. We are reviewing the damage and considering our next steps for repair or demolition," said Parks Director Lisa Clayton.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, on the National Register of Historic Places, was a battle site during the Army of Tennessee's retreat from Nashville. It saw heavy fighting between the Confederate infantry and Federal cavalry.
The property is also credited as the birthplace of the walking horse industry in Tennessee. Harlinsdale was a horse breeding farm and home of "Midnight Sun" who stood for 25 years. Harlinsdale is protected with a conservation easement held by the Land Trust for Tennessee.