Rachael Finch, Executive Director
Grace Abernethy, Director of Preservation
board of directors
Chair: James Patterson, USAF (Col., Retired) PhD
Vice-Chair: Earl of Eglinton and Winton
Secretary: Rebecca Purington, Business Consultant and Entrepeneur
Treasurer: Mark Eddy, CPA, Vice President Internal Auditing HCA
Pearl Bransford, City of Franklin, Alderman at Large
Ellie Westman Chin, President/CEO, Williamson County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau
Billy Hyatt, CEO, Cicayda, Inc.
H. Edward Phillips, Attorney at Law, Law Office of H. Edward Phillips, PLLC
Will Powell, Vice President, Franklin Synergy Bank
Aimee Saunders, Williamson County Archivist
M. Alan Smith, CPA, Lewis, Smith & Associates, P.C.
Blake Wintory, PhD, Director of Preservation, Williamson County Heritage Foundation
Bari Watson Beasley, CEO, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County
Patrick McIntyre, State Historic Preservation Officer, Executive Director, Tennessee Historical Commission
Alma McLemore, President, African American Heritage Society of Williamson County
Brady Davis, Director of Homeland Affairs, Chickasaw Nation
Eleanor Fleming, PhD, DDS, PH, Dental Epidemiology Officer, National Health and Nutrition Survey, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
David Rector, Director of Social Studies and History Curriculum, Williamson County Schools
Brian Beathard, Williamson County Commissioner
mission / vision
To bond place, all people, and story witnessed at the crossroads of the American experience.
To connect people to the history, arts, and culture that embody Franklin.
Everyone who lives in or visits Franklin or the Nashville metropolitan area.
We draw our inspiration from best practices in historic preservation, evidence-based research and storytelling, and professionally-developed, collaborative partnerships.