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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Railroad Section Foreman's House / Pioneers' Corner

 
 
Railroad Section Foreman's House side of marker image. Click for full size.
April 29, 2020
1. Railroad Section Foreman's House side of marker
Inscription.  
Railroad Section Foreman's House
Built around 1870, this quaint structure was home for the foreman, who oversaw all track maintenance for this section of railroad between Nashville and Columbia. Across the railroad tracks near the riverbank two duplexes provided housing for the four African American section hands and their families employed to repair the tracks and maintain a safe roadbed. Notable section foremen who lived here included Ezra A. Jackson, Bedford Holt, Turner Jennette, M.E. Morrow, James Bradburn, and Corbett Burgett. Pioneers' Corner transferred the house and the organization's work to the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County in 2003. This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In Memory of Robert Ewell Sewell

Pioneer's Corner
To commemorate the 1976 American Bicentennial, several Franklin preservationists organized "Pioneer's Corner" to promote local history and preserve the railroad foreman's house, which was threatened with demolition. The house was purchased for $2,500 from the L & N Railroad
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with the assistance of railroad executive Col. Phil Hooper; a grant from the Tennessee Bicentennial Commission helped fund the extensive restoration. Pioneer's Corner highlighted Williamson County's first 100 years by providing cultural exhibits, seminars and memorable luncheons. Among the charter members were Sue Berry, Katherine Cotton, Jim Crutchfield, Eva Darby, Clara and Evelyn Lunn, Marion and Melvin Maxwell and Martha Fuqua.
In memory of Douglas Berry

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 55.276′ N, 86° 51.942′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue South (State Highway 96) 0.1 miles south of South Margin Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 3rd Ave S, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Railroad Depot (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ewingville / Alexander Ewing (about 600 feet away); Perkins-Winstead House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watson House (c. 1881) (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Pioneer's Corner side of marker image. Click for full size.
May 3, 2020
2. Pioneer's Corner side of marker
Tennessee Female College (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rainey House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Granger (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Granger (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Railroad Section Foreman's House Marker image. Click for full size.
April 29, 2020
3. Railroad Section Foreman's House Marker
Franklin Railroad Depot (South Margin Street) image. Click for full size.
April 29, 2020
4. Franklin Railroad Depot (South Margin Street)
Railroad Section Foreman's House image. Click for full size.
April 15, 2020
5. Railroad Section Foreman's House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2020. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2020. Photos:   1. submitted on April 29, 2020.   2. submitted on May 3, 2020.   3, 4, 5. submitted on April 29, 2020. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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