Franklin church honors its past, looks towards its future on 150th anniversary

Historic Franklin church celebrates 150 years since reopening
Posted at 10:51 PM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 07:47:09-05

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — One Franklin Church is celebrating 150 years of history and contributions to the community.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church on West Main Street has seen a lot of changes. The church was actually founded in 1827 but, closed during the Civil War and was used as barracks by Federal troops, even a hospital. At one point it served as a stable, before Reverend Edward Bradley from Memphis brought it back to life in 1871.

The 900 member congregation commemorated the anniversary throughout all of Sunday's services.

"We're also a downtown church which means we're integrated in the ecumenical fabric of downtown Franklin. I mean we have four or five churches right in our core, we are a historic town. We have become involved in the grassroots part of this downtown area, as well as the entire county," said parishioner Pam Horne.

Plans are already underway to celebrate the church's 200th anniversary. Until then, there will be special celebrations every year in August.