Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, Heritage Foundation working to stabilize home

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday, Sept. 27, voted unanimously in favor of a proposal to place a roof and new gutter system on the Harlin Hayes Home at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in an effort to save the home from further deterioration.

The city owns the 200-acre former Walking Horse farm on Franklin Road and Franklin Tomorrow recently founded Friends of Franklin Parks LLC as a non-profit entity designed to allow private donations for park improvements at park facilities throughout the city and county. The Hayes Home has been cited as a priority by the city’s Parks Department because of the context it gives to the property as a working farm, as well as the early 20th-century architecture featured on the clapboard house.

Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, exists to cultivate stewardship within our community to preserve our cultural and natural resources, enhance the park experience and expand its legacy for future generations. It has met with Heritage Foundation officials and is closely watching the work of the City of Franklin’s Historic Zoning Commission to supervise stabilization of the house.

Read more about the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s vote by following this link.

The City of Franklin will hold Family Day on Oct. 22 at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, will have a presence at the event, presenting horse demonstrations and discussing the work needed on the Historic Barn and Hayes Home with the public. Family Day is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., while the horse demonstrations will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in an area near the Historic Barn.