Franklin aims to build nation’s top Civil War museum

Franklin aims to build nation’s top Civil War museum

Author, Civil War student and Franklin preservationist Robert Hicks has seen many visions come true thanks to the teamwork and tenacity of all aspects of the community that has joined the royalty of American historic tourism sites.

Hicks is convinced the crown jewel – the world’s foremost Civil War museum – will rise from the ground by the time the Battle of Franklin celebrates its 150th birthday on Nov. 30, 2014.

The former music industry insider who wrote the best-selling The Widow of the South – set at Carnton Plantation during that battle – is not shy when talking about the museum or the future.

But it’s really just the latest step in an ongoing, community wide effort that has turned the once almost quaintly ignored battle into a major industry.

In 1974, when Hicks moved to Franklin, it was literally a community with an aged downtown square and not much else to offer.

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