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Preservationists Eye Franklin Battlefield

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by Amanda Hara

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - It's where thousands of soldiers were killed, where the civil war neared its end.

Now, the piece of land in Franklin is home to a Domino's Pizza. But it turns out money can go a long way in restoring the past.

In this case, a group of very excited people hope that a newly awarded million dollar grant will help reveal another piece of Franklin's rich history.

Consider Columbia Pike the dividing line between two eras. On one side, the Carter House takes us to the past.  Across the street, a Domino's Pizza covers up the past.

Historian Eric Jacobson  spoke about the piece of property where Domino's now sits. 

"It was an area where at least eight U.S. soldiers won the medal of honor, two of the six confederate generals who were killed fell in that area," said Jacobson.

For years, history buffs and preservationists like Eric Jacobson pushed to peel away the layers of the present to reveal Franklin's past. The piece of land across from the Carter House is their next opportunity, and a newly awarded $1 million grant is their bargaining chip.

"It's sort of the evolutionary process of resurrecting Franklin's story so much of the battlefield was developed it was covered up what happened here was forgotten and this actually allows us to tell an extended story of the fighting that rages around the Carter House," Jacobson said.

The good news is that Donnie Cameron and his brother Tim are willing to sell.

"It's very important that we preserve our past and we're very passionate about that," Donnie Cameron said.

And while it's no secret Domino's does well selling pizza, most agree it's time that both sides of Columbia Pike take us to the past.

This isn't a done deal yet. But the grant money means that those preservationists can now formally offer to buy the land. And once this is settled, there's talk of finding and purchasing other parcels important to Franklin's history.

Email: ahara@newschannel5.com

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