Guest blogger Jon Harris, a devoted Rippavilla volunteer, wrote the following about the prelude to the Battle of Franklin as seen from those just south in Maury County.
"On this day in history, the fields and turnpikes south of Spring Hill, TN were set ablaze with the horrors of war The town was surrounded and occupied by a foreign force, the townspeople were on edge as their returning local heroes attempted to make up for lost opportunities - forced to fire in their general direction.. There was no road out of Spring Hill that did not see action for the next few hours.
Cannons occupied the high ground, the sabers near the creek banks and the bayonet the bottom land.. It is difficult to picture such an occurrence in my hometown.. even for me. I pray such fear and ignorance never causes such horrors to befall this place again. I won't forget and neither should we."
This weekend you have the unique opportunity to visit the homes that were instrumental in the events leading up to the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. The Maury Christmas Home tour will feature Locust Hill, White Hall, the Stephen's Home, Oaklawn Plantation, Grace Episcopal Church, Campbell Stand, Ferguson Hall, the Athenaeum Rectory, Polk Presidential Home, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Elm Springs, and more.
Rippavilla will be featuring a ghost tour this year.
And complimenting the Maury Christmas tour of Homes is the Carter House Candlelight Tour in Franklin.
CARTER HOUSE CANDLELIGHT TOURNovember 30, 2012 - December 01, 2012
Address: 1140 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064
Location: Carter House
Phone: (615) 791-1861
Admission: $25/per person advance $30/per person at the door
The 40th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour will take
place Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st from 6:00 to
9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets will be $25 per person in advance or $30
beginning November 30th. Tickets will go on sale November 1st and will
be available at The Carter House, Carnton, and on the website www.battleoffranklintrust.org.
The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and Lotz House will all be on the tour. In addition, the lineup will include five houses on the Lewisburg Pike corridor between Adams and Stewart Streets with possibly more private residences in addition to the historic sites. Because parking is limited on Lewisburg Pike, shuttles are being organized. Guests will be asked to park at The Carter House or Carnton Plantation and be shuttled to this stretch of downtown Franklin.
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Special thanks to Kathie Fuston for the use of her beautiful photos!